Who may request presentations and how:

  • Faculty, staff, and student organization representatives may submit presentation requests.
  • For teaching faculty, we can speak to a class in your absence with advance planning for that circumstance.
  • We are especially interested in REACHing first- and second-year students, and our topics below related to exploring majors and careers and seeking experience during college are ideal and can be customized for those classes and groups.
  • For best likelihood that we can accommodate your request, please make your request at least two weeks in advance. Sometimes we are able to accommodate short-term requests, sometimes we're not. Please note we are heavily booked early in the semester and prior to job fairs.
  • Complete the online presentation request.
  • In addition to requested date(s), start and end times, and location, please provide information on the size and composition — graduate, undergraduate, class levels, majors — of your group. The advisor who can accommodate your request will contact you to discuss details.
  • If we are not able to accommodate your request, please consider referring students to presentations held during the semester, listed on our events calendar.

Topics and length

Topics listed are a sampling; we can also customize a topic for you.
Presentation length can be flexible, from 15 minutes to an hour.

EXPLORE topics ideal for first- and second-year students:

  • Career and Professional Development resources for major and career exploration.
  • How to explore career options.
  • Self-assessment including My Plan, Strengths, Traitify.
  • VT graduates' first destinations: jobs or continuing education.

EXPERIENCE topics ideal for first- and second-year students:

  • Career and Professional Development resources for seeking experience.
  • Sources to find experience during college, including internships and co-ops.
  • About the Cooperative Education & Internship Program [CEIP].

SKILLS for SEEKING INTERNSHIPS, POST-GRAD JOBS, and APPLYING TO GRADUATE OR PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL:

  • Career and Professional Development resources.
  • Resume writing and job search correspondence.
  • Interviewing skills.
  • Sources for graduating students seeking employment.
  • Preparing for career fairs and job fairs.
  • Preparing for graduate and professional school fairs.
  • Networking strategies and using LinkedIn.
  • Professionalism skills and dining etiquette.
  • VT graduates' first destinations: jobs or continuing education.
  • Evaluating and negotiating job offers.
  • Transitioning from college to the world of work.

Please note that the Women's Center at Virginia Tech accepts requests for the following presentation: