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As Master of International Service students, you have access to individual advising appointments with an experienced and dedicated SIS executive-level career advisor. Shaine will be happy to communicate with you in-person, as well as through email, telephone, and Skype.

  1. Shaine Melnick, Career Advisor, On-Line Programs

    SIS - School of International Service

    Shaine Melnick is on the career development team for graduate students in the School of International Service. Shaine specializes in career advising for online students and career changers. Her areas of expertise include career exploration, personal … More

    Send email to Shaine Melnick

    (202) 885-2511

The following set of career services was designed specifically with you in mind. Familiarize yourself with these resources and take advantage of them for support as you explore career options, refine professional skills, and connect to opportunities post-graduation.

Career Advising

You can schedule a phone, Adobe Connect, or in-person career advising appointment at any point during your program, as well as after graduation. These appointments can cover career exploration, resume and cover letter writing, networking, interview preparation, job search strategies, offer negotiation, and more.

Immersion Career Events

Students attending Immersion have the opportunity to participate in a career event to complement the academic components of the program. While the career events planned for Aug./Sept. and Apr./May differ, both are thoughtfully designed and planned to facilitate career exploration and networking for participants.

AUG./SEPT. - SIS Site Visit Program

Over the course of a day, participants travel with a small group of peers to the D.C. offices of three different employers working in the same industry area. Each visit includes a presentation about the organization’s mission and services, career paths, and hiring processes. Event information and registration instructions are sent separate from the Aug./Sept. Immersion emails.

APR./MAY - Immersion Career Panel Program

Over the course of a morning, participants attend one of several concurrent career panels followed by a networking session. Each panel consists of a career-related discussion with three different professionals working in the same industry area. Following the panel, students will have the opportunity to connect with professionals from the other panels/industry areas. Event information and registration instructions will be sent with the April/May Immersion emails.

LinkedIn Group for “SIS Online and Executive Students”

Want to grow your professional network? The best place to start is with your peers. Join the “SIS Online and Executive Students” group on LinkedIn to stay in touch with each other and your program.

Resume and Cover Letter Reviews

Resume and cover letter reviews can take place during a career advising appointment or by email. Resume templates are available for download in the Google Folder. Use these templates to update your resume before submitting for review. Please allow at least one week for feedback on resumes sent via email.

Drop-In Career Advising

Join us for drop-in career advising on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00pm in the SIS Atrium. Meet with a career advisor for 5-10 minutes to get feedback on your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile or ask quick questions about career exploration and job search strategies. No appointment needed.

SIS Alumni Network

The School of International Service (SIS) is well known for its strong alumni network. The connections students and alumni make as members of the SIS community often turn into lifelong mentors and friends. Schedule a career advising appointment to learn more about the best ways to connect with SIS alumni.

Weekly Career Development Email

The International Relations (IR) Jobseeker email is sent every Friday during the academic year. It includes timely career news about recent job postings, upcoming online career events, and fast-approaching application deadlines. Students are responsible for the information included in these emails.

The following set of career services was designed specifically with you in mind. Familiarize yourself with these resources and take advantage of them for support as you explore career options, develop professional skills, and connect to opportunities post-graduation.

Career Advising

You can schedule a phone, Adobe Connect, or in-person career advising appointment at any point during your program, as well as after graduation. These appointments can cover career exploration, resume and cover letter writing, networking, interview preparation, job search strategies, offer negotiation, and more.

“Career Services” Course in 2ir

The “Career Services” course in 2ir should be your starting point for finding answers to common career questions. The course also houses downloadable career resources like resume templates, career guides, lists of relevant fellowships and associations, and more.

Immersion Career Events

Students attending Immersion have the opportunity to participate in a career event to complement the academic components of the program. While the career events planned for Aug./Sept. and Apr./May differ, both are thoughtfully designed and planned to facilitate career exploration and networking for participants.

AUG./SEPT. - SIS Site Visit Program

Over the course of a day, participants travel with a small group of peers to the D.C. offices of three different employers working in the same industry area. Each visit includes a presentation about the organization’s mission and services, career paths, and hiring processes. Event information and registration instructions are sent separate from the Aug./Sept. Immersion emails.

APR./MAY - Immersion Career Panel Program

Over the course of a morning, participants attend one of several concurrent career panels followed by a networking session. Each panel consists of a career-related discussion with three different professionals working in the same industry area. Following the panel, students will have the opportunity to connect with professionals from the other panels/industry areas. Event information and registration instructions will be sent with the April/May Immersion emails.

Industry-Specific Job Posts

Join one or more industry-themed social groups in 2ir to access a running list of job and internship announcements relevant to your specific career goals. Visit the “Career Services” course in 2ir for instructions on how to join.

LinkedIn Group for “SIS Online and Executive Students”

Want to grow your professional network? The best place to start is with your peers. Join the “SIS Online and Executive Students” group on LinkedIn to stay in touch with each other and your program.

Resume and Cover Letter Reviews

Resume and cover letter reviews can take place during a career advising appointment or by email. Resume templates are available for download in the Google Folder. Use these templates to update your resume before submitting for review. Please allow at least one week for feedback on resumes sent via email.

SIS Alumni Network

The School of International Service (SIS) is well known for its strong alumni network. The connections students and alumni make as members of the SIS community often turn into lifelong mentors and friends. Schedule a career advising appointment to learn more about the best ways to connect with SIS alumni.

Weekly Career Development Email

The International Relations (IR) Jobseeker email is sent every Friday during the academic year. It includes timely career news about recent job postings, upcoming online career events, and fast-approaching application deadlines. Students are responsible for the information included in these emails.

Networking can be a good road to your dream job, and many even say that in today's job market networking skills are essential. For many, this is a daunting exercise. We hope to make it a little easier for you and present you with an immediate "in": So many of our MIS alumni have experiences and jobs that you might fight helpful. Why not connect with them and see what advice they have for you. Learn more about where previous MIS graduates work.

MIS on LinkedIn

Connect with students, alumni, faculty and staff through the official MIS LinkedIn group. Join the discussion, find exclusive job offers and event information, and read about the latest program news. Open to MIS alumni and students only.

MIS on Facebook

Read about the latest news and developments in the MIS Program on our official MIS Facebook page.

MIS Alumni Success Stories

Meet some of our distinguished MIS alumni, read about their stories, be inspired, and connect.

SIS Alumni Network

Become a mentor, participate in industry site visits, attend the annual networking reception, connect with students and alumni on campus and online, or volunteer! For more information, please check out the SIS Student-Alumni Network site, the AU Alumni Events Calendar, and discover more ways to stay connected with SIS.

AU Alumni Directory

Search AU's alumni directory for friends, classmates, and your very first roommate or look for fellow Eagles in your geographic location.

Additionally, American University’s Career Center provides a variety of assistance to job searching students. Whether you would like to use the Center’s library at your leisure, or use the Center’s considerable online resources, you will certainly find a way that suits your career development needs.

AU CareerWeb

AU CareerWeb is a password-protected database with thousands of job and internship postings and a full calendar of university-hosted career events. We recommend logging into CareerWeb regularly to search and apply/register for these opportunities and programs.

Career Events

The university hosts a series of career events that give participants the opportunity to learn about organizations and career paths, as well as network with recruiters, hiring managers, other professionals/employees, alumni, and peers. These events take place online and on-campus and include information sessions, career panels, skills-building workshops, employer-in-residence (EiR) sessions, and networking receptions. All students and alumni are invited and encouraged to attend.

Office of Merit Awards

Nationally competitive, merit-based scholarships offer students and alumni the means to accomplish a variety of goals, including studying abroad, funding graduate education, and gaining high-level work experience. Advisors in the Office of Merit Awards help students identify opportunities and partner with faculty to assist with the application process.

Subscriptions to Online Career Resources

AU students can access a variety of online subscription-based career resources at no charge, including Going Global, Vault CareerInsider, CareerSpot Videos, Glassdoor, and Interview Stream.