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SIS Launches New Office of Career Development

By Stephanie Block

SIS Office of Career Development staff

The School of International Service’s new Office of Career Development will begin serving SIS undergraduate and graduate students this fall. As part of this enhanced service, SIS alumni now can receive lifelong career services benefits from the new office. Alongside SIS faculty members, the office will provide students and alumni with individualized assistance exploring and preparing for successful careers in the field.

David Fletcher, SIS student career advisor since 2008, was named director of the new office. “I look forward to leading the new Office of Career Development, staffed with career advisors dedicated to serving SIS undergraduates, graduates, and alumni. We will offer an array of services, from discussing career goals to offering advice on salary negotiations, while recognizing career goals can change over time,” he says.

SIS graduates work in traditional professions such as international development, communications, and foreign policy, along with newer fields including political risk consulting, energy and food security, corporate social responsibility, and cyber technology. The SIS Office of Career Development plans to promote/offer the following services to the SIS community:  

•  initial résumé evaluation
•  job search strategies
•  online resources
•  informational and mock interview preparation
•  salary negotiation training
•  graduate career boot camp
•  one-on-one advising
•  résumé and cover letter critique
•  alumni and employer panels
•  SIS Industry Days events featuring employer site visits
•  job and internship fairs
•  international internships
•  merit award advising
•  student-alumni engagement opportunities
•  ongoing career advising beyond SIS

“We will continue to work closely with the award-winning SIS Office of Alumni Relations, AU Office of Merit Awards, and AU Career Center to provide students and alumni with an array of programs and events to further their careers and to build their professional networks,” Fletcher says.

There is an increasing trend in higher education of alumni relations and career services offices collaborating to offer students and alumni more avenues to engage and connect. SIS is part of this trend and, as a result, there are now even broader ways for alumni to volunteer their time helping the next generation of leaders in international relations.

Learn more about the SIS Office of Career Development or to make an appointment.