UVA Career Center

What is the UVA Career Center?

The Career Center is a great resource for both students and employers. The Career Center helps our diverse population of students achieve their career-related goals through such resources as appointments with career counselors, advice throughout the job search process, and information about a broad array of networking opportunities and career events.

The Career Center holds drop-in hours at varous locations on grounds each week, designated by Community. For the Business community, here are the walk-in hours. For the Government and Law community click here for drop-in hours. Students may choose to receive updates about programs and jobs related to each of the six communitites. The six communities are:

The UVA Career Center provides all U.Va. students access to their resources. The ECO recommends that you take full advantage of the Career Center in your career plannning and your internship and job searches. Services and programs for students include OnGrounds Interviewing (OGI) and job postings through CavLink, career advising, self-assessments, career fairs, and a graduate school fair during the year.

Handshake is a resource that the Career Center provides for all university students. It is a rich resource to use in your job search and is the database the ECO uses for all appointment scheduling and event coordination. As stated on the Career Center website, Handshake includes:

  • Job listings targeted toward U.Va. students (including Federal Work-Study and On-Grounds student employment opportunities)
  • On-Grounds Interviewing information for students seeking summer internships and full-time employment
  • Job Search Agents to automate your job search and receive e-mails about new opportunities
  • Resume, Cover Letter, and Transcript storage to assist with job applications

The ECO encourages you to create a CavLink account and to utilize the database regularly in your job search. There are numerous opportunities within CavLink that fit the many career interests of Economics majors.

The University Internship Program (UIP) is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with work experience related to their areas of interest and study, supervised by UIP liaisons and faculty members.The program administers internships for students in more than 50 undergraduate majors. As their website states, "The UIP field placement is a meaningful, closely monitored, career-related, major-related, and/or interest-related work experience that extends interns' learning beyond the classroom to non-profit organizations, government agencies, and for-profit businesses." The UIP can be an impactful and important step in building a student's career profile and experience in work-related settings.


UVA's on-Grounds interviewing program, Handshake, allows employers and all UVA students (including Economics students) to interview during the fall and spring semesters for full-time and internship positions. Through CAVLink, employers are also able to post positions, coordinate resume collections, schedule information sessions, and register for career fairs managed by University Career Services. If you are interested in targeting all UVA students and participating in the on-Grounds interviewing program, contact University Career Services online or by calling 434-924-8900, or visit the CAVLink Web site to initiate the process. If your recruiting outreach includes Economics majors, you are welcome to email econ-eco@virginia.edu, to discuss ways the Economics Career Office can promote your recruiting activity.

Employers who host information sessions are more likely to generate student interest in their organization. For resources on setting up information sessions and reserving space, visit the UCS Recruiters page. Recruiters/employers should use Virtual EMS ("Recruiters Resources" tab) to create an account and reserve event space.