Participating Firms Registration + Information
We will host our annual Career Day on Friday, February 28, 2020 from 10 AM – 4 PM, and we invite firms to meet some of the country’s best and brightest students. All architecture, interior architecture/design, landscape architecture, graphic design and allied industry firms are invited to attend.
What is Career Day?
An annual event, Career Day is a day-long opportunity for firms from across the country to connect with students from the College of Architecture and Design, who are seeking employment after graduation, looking for internships or simply looking for insights from professionals. About 200 students participate each year.
Where is Career Day held?
Career Day will be held in the University of Tennessee Student Union – a recently completed multi-phase project for the campus located on Cumberland Avenue. Parking logistics will be shared prior to the event.
What types of packages are available and what is included in the price?
This year, we have a variety of options to offer. Please refer to ballroom layout and booth option map as a reference:
Standard Package ($350): This package includes an 8′ conference table with 2 chairs in the Career Day space. There will be clusters of high-top tables and stools scattered throughout the space which may be used on a first-come-first-served basis for interview purposes. Also included is wifi access, coffee/light fare throughout the day and lunch for representatives. This price will increase to $400 after January 17, 2020.
Premium Package ($450): This package includes an 8′ conference table with 2 chairs in the Career Day space as well as an adjacent, dedicated high-top table and two stools for interviews. Also included is wifi access, coffee/light fare throughout the day and lunch for representatives. Not every Premium table location is close to an electrical outlet, so make sure to choose “Access to power” in the additional items section. This price will increase to $500 after January 17, 2020.
Ultimate Package ($550): Only 4 spots available. This package includes a generously-sized area along the window wall. Includes an 8′ conference table with 2 chairs as well as an adjacent, dedicated high-top table and two stools for interviews. Also included is wifi access, coffee/light fare throughout the day and lunch for representatives. All Ultimate spots can get access to power. This price will increase to $600 after January 17, 2020.
Supreme Package ($650): This option includes a private interview room (available beginning at 11 AM) located in the adjacent Center for Career Development (a 90-second walk from the ballroom). Your table in the ballroom will be prominently located at the entrance of the space. We ask that at least (2) representatives come so that one can be at the table at all times. Includes an in-ballroom 8′ conference table with 2 chairs as well as access to a private interview room which is equipped with desk and chairs. Also included is wifi access, coffee/light fare throughout the day and lunch for representatives. Not all table locations in the ballroom will have access to power, so please indicate “Access to Power” in the additional items section. This price will increase to $700 after January 17, 2020.
All profits from Career Day go to the College of Architecture and Design, its students and student organizations.
If you will be traveling to Knoxville, please take note!! There will be a large conference in Knoxville the same weekend so rooms will be hard to come by. I urge you to book early! We have blocks of rooms at the following locations (both downtown and about 5 miles west in the Bearden area of Knoxville):
Click on the hotel name to reach its booking link.
(New) Embassy Suites, $199 // 507 South Gay Street // brand new hotel opening up November 2019 on Gay Street in downtown Knoxville
The Volunteer Hotel $103 // 1706 Cumberland Ave // walking distance to Student Union; please note that the lobby of this hotel will be under renovation during our event so no on-site restaurant – but the “strip” has tons of options if you need one
Courtyard by Marriott, $159 // 250 Brookview Centre Way Knoxville, Tennessee 37919 // Located right off Interstate 40 and/or Kingston Pike, this hotel is in the Bearden area of Knoxville, about 5.5 miles west and a 15 minute drive from campus
Hampton Inn & Suites $129 // 601 N Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37919 // One block from the Courtyard, this hotel is also located right off Interstate 40 and/or Kingston Pike in the Bearden area of Knoxville, about 5.5 miles west and a 15 minute drive from campus
How do I register for Career Day?
Register for Career Day. Please note that the University has moved to Handshake, a university student-employer recruiting platform. If you joined us last year, please log in with the email address that was associated with your profile. The system will prompt you to verify the account and update your personal and employer profiles. If you are new this year, after clicking on the registration link, set up a brief employer profile before proceeding to the event form. You can find our event under the “FAIRS” menu item on the left and select University of Tennessee, Knoxville as your university of choice. Important: Please review the “additional items” section and make sure to indicate whether you need access to power, will be shipping materials, will be attending the Thursday night reception and/or any dietary accommodations. After you register, you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail with pertinent information. Please scroll down for more tips on registering.
We aren’t hiring right now. Should we participate?
Career Day is not just for hiring firms and students seeking employment. Career Day gives all of our students a chance to talk with professionals, get advice about their future and learn more about the profession. Even if you aren’t hiring, you will meet some of the best design students and lay groundwork for your firm’s future.
Will I see student work/resumes in advance?
About two weeks prior to Career Day, student resumes and portfolios will be made available to participating firms via a private-access link.
SESCO Reception, Thursday evening
The evening before Career Day (February 27, 2020), we will host a reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Sapphire, 428 S. Gay Street, for all firms who are participating in Career Day. Be sure to note on your registration form whether you plan to attend. We thank Sesco Lighting for sponsoring the reception.
Notes about Registering
- Returning Users: Enter the username (full email address) you used for previous events to register. Handshake will prompt you to verify your account and set up a new password.
- First-time users and those who have forgotten their password: Look for options to set up account and/or reset password.
- Existing profiles are tied to the contact person who was listed in previous Career Days. You will need to link your personal profile to your company. You will be prompted to search for your company name. New registrants – please complete an employer account profile.
- On the gray menu to the left, click on the “Fairs” link, and on the following screen, search for fairs at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Click on “2019 University of Tennessee College of Architecture + Design Career Day”
- Please make sure to indicate your logistical preferences for setting up, electrical access needs, whether you will attend the Thursday reception as well as any dietary restrictions. These items can be found immediately following the selection of a Standard or Premium table package.
- If you are having difficulty with any of the above, please contact Mary Mahoney in UT’s Center for Career Development at 865-974-7791 / firstname.lastname@example.org