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Career & Professional Development Employer Partnership Program

  Platinum ($3K) Gold ($2K) Silver ($1K)
Recognition on Career and Professional Development website and wall plaque X X X
Two free information sessions in Smith Career Center X X X
Company name and logo displayed on 2 large-screen TVs X X X
Sponsor of Annual Open House Tailgate or Etiquette Dinner X X  
Registration fee for either Fall or Spring Connection Job Fair X    
Additional branding options can be included in any sponsorship package such as: Career Guide advertisements, sponsorship of student online resources, naming of interview rooms, and many more options are available. Details below.
100% of the money raised from this program goes directly to student services, programs and resources.
We thank our employer partners on our home page.


Get your brand in front of students with sponsorship opportunities

We offer student events — including our annual fall tailgate party and our annual fall etiquette dinner — and other ongoing services that we could not provide without sponsor support. Sponsors are recognized in advertising and other materials for the sponsored event. Giving levels begin at $500.

Smith Career Center rooms and spaces are and can be named for donor organizations or individuals; giving levels begin at $15,000.

We thank our supporters, recognized in detail below and on our home page.

  • When: first Friday of the fall semester.
  • What: welcome event to introduce our office and staff to students in a fun, entertaining atmosphere.
  • Who: all our students are welcome; attendance has been 900 to 1000 students each year. 
  • Sponsorship commitment deadline: Must be confirmed in July to be included in all publicity for the upcoming August event.
  • Sponsors: 
    • 2016 sponsors: 
      Eastman Chemical Company | FedBid | Ferguson | Kohl’s Department Stores | Norfolk Southern | U.S. Marine Corps
    • 2015 sponsors
      Eastman | Ferguson | Kohl's | Norfolk Southern | U.S. Army | U.S. Marine Corps
    • 2014 sponsors:
      Kohl's | Lowe's | Norfolk Southern | Schlumberger | U.S. Army | U.S. Marine Corps
    • 2013 sponsors:
      Eastman | FedBid | Ferguson | Kohl's | Norfolk Southern | Tennessee Valley Authority [TVA]
    • 2012 sponsors:
      CCS-Inc.| Danaher, Ernst & Young | FedBid | Kohl's | Ferguson | Norfolk Southern | Northrop Grumman | U.S. Cellular
    • 2011 sponsors:
      Hokie Hi Level: Enterprise, ExxonMobil, Kohl's, Norfolk Southern, Northrop Grumman, SAIC
      Maroon Level: Danaher, Ferguson, a Wolseley Company
      Orange Level: USG
    • 2010 sponsors:
      Hokie Hi Level: Capital One, Dominion, Norfolk Southern, SAIC
      Maroon Level: Caterpillar, Danaher, Kohl's, Ferguson
      Orange Level: Lockheed Martin, USG
    • 2009 sponsors:
      Hokie Hi Level: Caterpillar, Dominion, Norfolk Southern, SAIC
      Maroon Level: Danaher, Tindall, Wolseley
      Orange Level: Enterprise-Rent-A-Car
    • 2008 sponsors:
      Hokie Hi Level: Caterpillar, General Motors, KPMG, Northrop Grumman
      Maroon Level: Cisco, Danaher, Tindall
      Orange Level: DCS, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, Kohl's, Lockheed Martin
    • 2007 sponsors: Apex Systems, BearingPoint, Caterpillar, Danaher Motion, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Ernst & Young, Haley & Aldrich, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Newell Rubbermaid, Tindall, and Ferguson, a Wolseley company.
      The 2007 event and concept won one local and two national awards:
      • Virginia Tech, Division of Student Affairs: Program Award.
      • National Association of Student Affairs Administrators: Silver Program Award.
      • National Association of Colleges and Employers: Excellence Award.
  • Held annually in fall semester.
    2016 event date is TBA for early November.
  • Location: Owens Hall Banquet Room at Virginia Tech
  • Commmitment deadline: mid-September.
  • Accommodates up to 250 student participants, plus our staff and sponsors who serve as table hosts for the students, can attend this event. 
  • Sponsorship offsets the cost of dinner for students and supports costs of venue, program supplies and advertising. 
  • Sponsor representatives are welcome to serve as table hosts at dinner. 
  • More about the etiquette dinner.
  • Sponsors: 
    • 2015: FedBid |  Kohl's |  VT Alumni Association.
    • 2014: FedBid | Kohl's | VT Alumni Association.
    • 2013: Kohl's | KPMG | VT Alumni Association.
    • 2012: Kohl's | Ingersoll Rand | PepsiCo | VT Alumni Association.
    • 2011: Capital One | Kohl's | Norfolk Southern | Northrop Grumman | Vanguard | Virginia Tech Alumni Association.
    • 2010: Dominion | Kohl's | USPS | Virginia Tech Alumni Association.
    • 2009: Advance Auto Parts | Eaton Corporation | Rackspace | USPS | Virginia Tech Alumni Association.
    • 2008: Ameriprise Financial | Lockheed Martin | Vanguard | Wolseley North America (Ferguson) | Virginia Tech Alumni Association.
    • 2007 sponsors: Apex Systems | Virginia Tech Alumni Association | Wolseley North America (Ferguson). | Do What You Are

Interview Stream

  • 24/7/365 practice interviews online for Virginia Tech students, alumni, faculty and staff.
  • Offered since the start of spring semester 2010.
  • Sponsors:
    • Fall 2014 - present: Kohl's
    • Spring 2010 - spring 2013: Lockheed Martin.

Career Spots Videos

  • Educational career-related videos for Virginia Tech students.
  • Offered since the start of fall semester 2010.
    Sponsor: Northrop Grumman.

Smith Career Center history

  • The Smith Career Center opened on Monday, June 28, 2004, under the name "Career Services Building." Our grand opening ceremony and open house, with recognition of contributors and dedication of the first named area, was held Wednesday, September 22, 2004. We recognized Ferguson Enterprises (later acquired by Wolseley North America), for whom the Ferguson Interview Reception Area is named.

Dedication of the Smith Career Center

  • On Saturday, October 20, 2007, the Smith Career Center was dedicated and named for Garnett E. and Patsy T. Smith, generous and long-time supporters of Virginia Tech.

Smith Career Center named spaces and donors

  • Several areas within the Smith Career Center have been named for generous donors. Donors at particular giving levels are formally recognized in the building with elegant brass plaques seen by the students, employers, faculty, and administrators who visit Career and Professional Development. 
  • Opportunities still exist to have rooms and spaces named for donor organizations or individuals. Giving levels begin at $15,000. 
  • Donors for whom spaces are named: 
    • Ferguson Enterprises (a Wolseley Company): Ferguson Interview Reception Area [2004] 
    • Norfolk Southern: Interview Rooms (two) [2006]
    • Philip Morris USA: Interview Room [2008]
    • SAIC: Interview Room [2009]

Building features

  • Two floors, solely housing Career and Professional Development, designed to meet student and employer needs. Wireless Internet access throughout.
  • Over 20 private, large interview rooms.
  • Two interview waiting areas: one for students and one for employer-greeters to meet with candidates.
  • Space for information sessions and receptions; including a servery equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, and ice machine.
  • Spacious Career Resource Center for research and advising.
  • Classroom, seminar room, and two conference rooms.

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