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.) 

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.

Dennis Chen and recruiter

 

 

Here's where our 2017 grads are working
as of July 19, 2017:

Art Directors  Agency/Company City, State
Gianna D'Amico Droga5 New York, NY
Raiven Delisle The Martin Agency Richmond, VA
Elliott Eliash Sid Lee Los Angeles, CA
Frank Garguilo Carrot Creative New York, NY
Jason Goldberg Erich-Kallman San Francisco, CA
Sam Jolley Argonaut San Francisco, CA
Jessica Kemmerling Deutsch Los Angeles, CA
Maria Kounisnki Droga5 New York, NY
Steph Langan CP+B Boulder, CO
Chris Lumain Deutsch Los Angeles, CA
Alex McClelland Wieden+Kennedy New York, NY
Jasmine McCrae mcgarrybowen Chicago, IL
Jessica Sugerman barrettSF San Francisco, CA
Ken Tsuchiya Venables, Bell & Partners San Francisco, CA
John Worthington Young & Laramore Indianapolis, IA
Jansen Yoder Facebook San Francisco, CA
     
Copywriters  Agency/Company City, State
Maddy Baldwin Wieden+Kennedy New York, NY
Will Bareford Google Creative Lab New York, NY
Elizabeth Bassett Facebook San Francisco, CA
Kelly Cabaniss CP+B Boulder, CO
Michael Cardamone Erich-Kallman San Francisco, CA
Dennis Chen Deutsch Los Angeles, CA
Tom Daley Huge New York, NY
Jeff Dunn The Martin Agency Richmond, VA
Caroline Gallalee Deutsch Los Angeles
James Gross Droga5 New York, NY
Lizzie Hopkinson Sid Lee Los Angeles, CA
Chris Kessler Argonaut San Francisco, CA
Matt Klugman Periscope Minneapolis, MN
Caitlin DeMayo Long Arnold Boston, MA
Jessica New 360i New York, NY
Matthew Neylon Quantasy Los Angeles, CA
Jeff Tune barrettSF San Francisco, CA
Matt Waronker Venables, Bell & Partners San Francisco, CA
Richard Whelchel VML New York, NY
Jenny Yoon Droga5 New York, NY
     
Creative Brand Managers  Agency/Company City, State
Michelle Barnes The Martin Agency Richmond, VA
Rian Chandler-Dovis Sylvain Labs Richmond, VA
Troy Gary Deutsch Los Angeles, CA
Marissa Hardison Marriott Bethesda, MD
Kate Lane Authentic Richmond, VA
Jen Moody General Cigar Richmond, VA
Caitlin Murphy FedEx Memphis, TN
Ben Patty Webb deVlam Chicago, IL
Jenny Regan Taylor Stitch San Francisco, CA
George Ziegler Anomaly New York, NY
     
Experience Designers  Agency/Company City, State
Mason Brown Shockoe Richmond, VA
Dan Cotting Shockoe Richmond, VA
Katie Cullinan ICF Olson Richmond, VA
Xia Du VML New York, NY
Dheeraj Govindraju JWT Atlanta, GA
Hunter Noxon R/GA New York, NY
Kelly Padgett RedPeg Marketing Alexandria, VA
Alex Rice eBay San Jose, CA
Natasha Sligh R/GA New York, NY
Limah Taeb Possible Seattle, WA
Abby Walter Moxie Atlanta, GA
Yanci Wu AKQA Portland, OR
     
Strategists  Agency/Company City, State
Eric Anderson Fallon Minneapolis, MN
Caitlin Blumer R/GA New York, NY
Katherine Gannon 72andSunny New York, NY
Stuart Good MullenLowe Winston-Salem, NC
Robin Greenbaum Moxie Atlanta, GA
Christin Johnson Havas New York, NY
Ekta Shah Wunderman Dubai, UAE
Nick Spinner McGarrah Jessee Austin, TX
Emy Theodorakis Venables, Bell & Partners San Francisco, CA
Melanie Thompson Ignition Los Angeles, CA
Lauren Tresco The Martin Agency Richmond, VA
Andrew Vessels Havas New York, NY