Recruit on Grounds

  • Thank you for your interest in recruiting Darden MBA students! If you are new to on-Grounds recruiting at Darden, our employer engagement team will guide you through the process and schedule recruiting activities to ensure you are successful in meeting your talent goals. Contact us today to discuss your recruiting needs.

    Company Briefings 

    A company briefing gives you a chance to network with students, communicate your company's culture and market job opportunities. The majority of company briefings are scheduled during dedicated recruiting days. First year students are not in class during dedicated recruiting days which gives them the opportunity to focus on recruiting activities. This will also allow more time for companies to schedule additional brand-building opportunities in conjunction with a company briefing. Each company is allotted a total of 45 minutes for their briefing. There is a $250 briefing fee which includes a group networking luncheon for company representatives and first year students from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

    Office Hours

    If you're looking for something less formal, Office Hours are a great way to get to know the Darden community and allow students to drop in with informal questions about your company.

    Networking Nights

    Networking Nights provide a chance for you to meet with students to discuss available opportunities and share insights and experiences. There is a $450 fee to cover the cost of food and drinks, and sessions are held separately for First Year and Second Year students. Please refer to the Recruiting Timetable for scheduling options.

    Sponsored First Coffee

    First Coffee, a tradition dating back to the School’s founding 50 years ago, is held every morning after first class and provides an opportunity for the Darden community to share a cup of coffee and socialize. As a sponsor, your company is recognized with signage at the event. This is a great opportunity for company representatives to attend and experience the Darden Community. Please contact Corporate Relations if you are interested in sponsoring a First Coffee.

    Sponsored Football Tailgates

    Companies have the opportunity to join in the action of Virginia football by sponsoring one of Darden’s Virginia Football Tailgates, offered at each home game throughout the season. Please contact Nenna Akpaete to plan your tailgate. Sponsorships are $3,500 and include:
    • Exclusive sponsorship of tailgate for selected game date, including the opportunity to display signage, branding and promotional items 
    • Informal networking time with 100–200 Darden students and alumni during fall recruiting season
    • 4 tickets to the game (seats on the 40-yard line)
    • Catered food and beverage 
    • $2,640 tax deduction 
    2017 Virginia Football Home Games

    Darden’s Company Giveaway Policy

    In support of Darden’s vision to be a zero-waste, carbon-neutral enterprise by 2020, we are no longer accepting shipments of company products. We appreciate your support of this important part of our mission and encourage you to interact with Darden students by:
    • Distributing or emailing a one-page information sheet which includes company contacts and important company-specific deadlines for recruiting events 
    • Supporting Darden student clubs and organizations 
    • Distributing coupons for company products 
    Thank you for helping to support our vision to be a zero-waste, carbon-neutral enterprise by 2020!