VCU Brandcenter

Job Placement and
Career Opportunities

Hello crazy, exciting work world.

The VCU Brandcenter's mission is to develop the best creative problem solvers in the world. That means providing career guidance to those future leaders every step of the way.

Career Services & Recruiting

From offering classes like Professional Possibilities, to giving interview advice, to inviting recruiters from agencies and companies around the country to check out our students' work, the Brandcenter gives its students the best opportunities to begin their careers. Throughout their two years, students are able to meet with visiting recruiters in person. As graduation approaches, we host a 2-day  Recruiter Session to give graduating students the chance to meet over 250 agency and company recruiters in a reverse career fair setting: the students are the ones with tables that display their work and show their personalities.

Once our students graduate and their careers begin, we continue to serve them with job postings and resources through our tight-knit alumni network. Our alums keep up with and help each other's careers, as well, and they love to recruit from the Brandcenter. (They know what it takes, after all.) The cycle continues. 

Job Placement

With such a multitude of resources and networking opportunities, it's not surprising that by the time they graduate, 25-45% of our students have already secured jobs. That number is up to 97% by six months after graduation. See below for job placement of our recent grads, and take a look at our Alumni Salary Survey Results to get an idea of their average starting salaries.

Lexi Kafkis Recruiter Session

 

 

Here's where our 2016 grads are working
as of Jan. 30, 2016:

Art Directors  Agency/Company City, State
Anna Andreen Pitch Los Angeles, CA
Allison Apperson FCB Chicago, IL
Mario Bibian Campbell-Ewald Los Angeles, CA
Sarah Carr Barton F. Graf New York, NY
Lindsey Cecero TBWA \ Media Arts Lab Los Angeles, CA
Lily Fu Pereira & O'Dell New York, NY
Jon Hirsch Wieden + Kennedy Portland, OR
Lexi Kafkis Inamoto & Co. New York, NY
Logan Kornhauser R/GA Portland, OR
Shelby Lemons DDB San Francisco, CA
Liz Malenfant Wieden + Kennedy Portland, OR
Tori McGoogan Facebook San Francisco, CA
Roxie Reeves

John McNeil Studio

San Francisco, CA
Yelena Rybkina TBWA \ Media Arts Lab Los Angeles, CA
Rachel Sheeran Rokkan New York, NY
Shannon Smith Arnold New York, NY
Matt Terrell Fallon Minneapolis, MN
Anne Marie Wonder 72andSunny New York, NY
Rachel Wyse Facebook New York, NY
     
Copywriters  Agency/Company City, State
Devin Altman BBH Los Angeles, CA
Larissa Cole Northlich Cincinnati, OH
Charlie Curnow BBDO New York, NY
Scott Dobbin Facebook Palo Alto, CA
Kevin Fitz TBWA Media Arts Lab Los Angeles, CA
Emily Hovis 72andSunny New York, NY
Scott Minniear Barton F. Graf New York, NY
Patrick Newman Droga5 New York, NY
Jon Northrop GSD&M Austin, TX
Sean O’Connor Deeplocal Pittsburgh, PA
Boris Opacic Fallon Minneapolis, MN
Jacob Pankey Preacher Austin, TX
Prit Patel Google Creative Lab New York, NY
Stephen Shocket Droga5 New York, NY
Michelle Smith Droga5 New York, NY
Mike Stango White 64 Washington, DC
Katherine Tiambeng Mother New York, NY
Ray Tolbert Deeplocal Pittsburgh, PA
Sarah Westerfield Pitch Los Angeles, CA
Grace Xie SapientNitro Boston, MA
     
Creative Brand Managers  Agency/Company City, State
Juliana Clark Wieden + Kennedy (on Nike account) Portland
Luisa Contaifer Wunderman Washington, DC
Michelle Darnell Disney Orlando, FL
Jean Feroldi Facebook New York, NY
Basil Frye Iggbo Richmond, VA
Stacey Garrett IronNet Cybersecurity Tysons Corner, VA
Jacob Huber Volkswagen Washington, DC
Nic Johnson CP+B Boulder, CO
Nima Khalilian BBH Los Angeles, CA
Daren Lifferth IBM iX San Francisco, CA
Perry Lowder Siegel + Gale New York, NY
Jahan Nargolwala Iridius Capital Tucson, AZ
Whitney Paul West SF San Francisco, CA
Adeel Shams Cool Kicks Los Angeles, CA
Emily Smith Swift Portland, OR
Ashley Stanfield IBM iX New York, NY
Alexander Whitman EnviroMedia Austin, TX
     
Experience Designers  Agency/Company City, State
Olivia Cooper N8TIVE New York, NY
Christina Foy SapientNitro San Francisco, CA
Bryan Mortensen IBM iX San Francisco, CA
Dan Owen Droga5 New York, NY
Mikaila Weaver R/GA New York, NY
     
Strategists  Agency/Company City, State
Cary Arberg R/GA New York, NY
Mackenzie Beer Goodby, Silverstein & Partners San Francsico, CA
Kyle Calkins Riot Games Los Angeles, CA
Christian Clay TBWA\Media Arts Lab Los Angeles, CA
Greg Donnelly Google Mountain View, CA
Nitin Dua Fallon Minneapolis, MN
Steven Ebert WPP Fellowship / Added Value  New York, NY
Miranda Germano Deeplocal Pittsburgh, PA
Claire Glisson Easton Porter Group Charlottesville, VA
Pat Grayhack Net Thunder Chicago, IL
Samantha Halle Facebook Palo Alto, CA
Will Jenkins GSD&M Austin, TX
Caitlin Kearney Publicis Seattle, WA
Rebecca McNerney Droga5 New York, NY
Erik Osburn Deeplocal Pittsburgh, PA
Prateek Patnaik Southern Telecom Inc. New York, NY
Chane Rennie 72andSunny New York, NY
Michelle Spigner Venables Bell & Partners San Francsico, CA
Noel van Aartrijk Good Run Research Richmond, VA