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Sponsorship and Support Opportunities

Career Services' Employer Partnership Program

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Platinum ($3K) Gold ($2K) Silver ($1K)
Recognition on Career Services 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 large Career Services event
(Open House 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 on-line 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 listed on our home page.


Get your brand in front of students with sponsorship opportunities:

place setting at fall dining etiquette dinner

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!

Large events:

Annual first-Friday-of-fall-semester open house tailgate party

Annual fall dining etiquette dinner

Annual Open House Tailgate Party
First Friday of Fall Semester

  • When: First Friday of fall semester.
    2015 event: Friday, August 28, 2015
    10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Held since 2004, the first year in our current facility.
  • What: Welcome event for all VT students to introduce Career Services to students in a fun, entertaining atmosphere. Attendance 900-1000 each year.
    More about the tailgate party.
  • Sponsorship commitment deadline for 2016: Must be confirmed in July 2016 to be included in all publicity for the 2016 event.
  • Sponsors:
    • 2015 sponsors
      Eastman Chemical | 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 event sponsors:
      CCS-Inc., Danaher, Ernst & Young, FedBid, Kohl's, Ferguson, Norfolk Southern, Northrop Grumman, U.S. Cellular
    • 2011 event sponsors:
      Hokie Hi Level: Enterprise, ExxonMobil, Kohl's, Norfolk Southern, Northrop Grumman, SAIC
      Maroon Level: Danaher, Ferguson, a Wolseley Company
      Orange Level: USG
    • 2010 event sponsors:
      Hokie Hi Level: Capital One, Dominion, Norfolk Southern, SAIC
      Maroon Level: Caterpillar, Danaher, Kohl's, Ferguson
      Orange Level: Lockheed Martin, USG
    • 2009 event sponsors:
      Hokie Hi Level: Caterpillar, Dominion, Norfolk Southern, SAIC
      Maroon Level: Danaher, Tindall, Wolseley
      Orange Level: Enterprise-Rent-A-Car
    • 2008 event 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 event 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.


Fall Dining Etiquette Program

student at fall dining etiquette dinner

  • Held annually in fall semester.
    2015 event date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015.
    Location: Owens Hall Banquet Room at Virginia Tech
    Commitment deadline for 2015: mid-September 2015.
  • Accommodates up to 250 student participants, plus our staff and sponsors who serve as table hosts for the students. 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 dining etiquette program.

  • Sponsors:
    • 2015 sponsors: FedBid, Kohl's, VT Alumni Association.
    • 2014 sponsors: FedBid, Kohl's, VT Alumni Association.
    • 2013 sponsors: Kohl's, KPMG, VT Alumni Association.
    • 2012 sponsors: Kohl's, Ingersoll Rand, PepsiCo, VT Alumni Association.
    • 2011 sponsors: Capital One, Kohl's, Norfolk Southern, Northrop Grumman, Vanguard, Virginia Tech Alumni Association.
    • 2010 sponsors: Dominion, Kohl's, USPS, Virginia Tech Alumni Association.
    • 2009 sponsors: Advance Auto Parts, Eaton Corporation, Rackspace, USPS, Virginia Tech Alumni Association.
    • 2008 sponsors: 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).

Ongoing services: | 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.
    • Fall 2014 - present sponsor: Kohl's
    • Spring 2010 through spring 2013 sponsor: Lockheed Martin


    Career Spots videos

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


VT Career Services t-shirts for students for
November National Career Development Month

    • Students love VT orange and maroon t-shirts to show our Virginia Tech spirit. In support of National Career Development Month in November, and thanks to sponsor funding, in 2012-2013, and the five years prior, we gave our students t-shirts with Career Services information and sponsor logos.
    • Past sponsors:
      • 2012-2013: Kohl's, Meadwestvaco, and Northrop Grumman
      • 2011-2012: Enterprise, Kohl's, KPMG, MWV, Northrop Grumman
      • 2010-2011: Kohl's, Meadwestvaco, and Northrop Grumman
      • 2009-2010: Kohl's and Meadwestvaco
      • 2007-2008: Ameriprise Financial
      • 2006-2007: Capital One, Norfolk Southern

Smith Career Center

Building opened in summer 2004. Career Services opened in our current location for regular student and employer services on Monday, June 28, 2004, then named the Career Services Building. Our location is adjacent to the Student Services Building, across from McComas Hall and Litton-Reaves Hall, and near to student dining and residence halls. We have experienced a significant increase in student traffic since moving from Henderson Hall to our current facility.

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 (now Wolseley North America), for whom the Ferguson Interview Reception Area is named.

Dedication of the Smith Career Center in October 2007.

    Plaque showing dedication of Smith Career Center Oct. 20, 2007

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

Smith family at dedication of Smith Career Center

Smith family at dedication
of Smith Career Center


Donors for whom spaces within the Smith Career Center 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)
Plaque recognizing Interview Waiting Area named for Ferguson

Donor recognition: 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 Services.

Opportunities still exist to have rooms and spaces named for donor organizations or individuals. Giving levels begin at $15,000.

All supporters of Career Services are listed on our home page.

    view to west from 2nd floor of Career Services building

    View west from

    Ferguson Interview

    Reception area

Building features:

    • Two floors, solely housing Career Services, designed to meet student and employer needs. Wireless Internet access throughout.
    • Over 20 private, large, air-conditioned 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.


Contact for print literature, tours and conversations about giving and recognition:

Plaque recognizing Interview Rooms named for Norfolk Southern

architect's rendition of Smith Career Center, north elevation

Architect's rendition of Smith Career Center, north elevation


Thank you!

All our supporters are listed on our home page.


Contact for support opportunties:

Mr. Jim Henderson
Associate Director, Employer Relations

Dr. Donna Cassell Ratcliffe

Give career advice:

We welcome gifts of time, advice, mentoring to our students.

Alumni! Join Hokie Nation Network with Virginia Tech Alumni Association

Thanks to those who volunteer to expand our students' career awareness.

Special thanks

We thank the many friends, met and unmet, who expressed concern for our university community following the tragic events of April 16, 2007. Your support helped and continues to help us.

We are Virginia Tech. We will prevail.