Welcome, Employers!

Are you interested in engaging with SIS students? We want to work with you. Contact Shaine Melnick at smelnick@american.edu or 202-885-2511 to learn more.

Jobs & Internships

We share part- and full-time internship and job openings with SIS students through our Twitter account and e-newsletters. Please send opportunities to us at siscareer@american.edu.

If you wish to reach a broader audience, please consider using AU CareerWeb, the university's free recruitment tool, to post your opportunity for 15,000 registered AU student and alumni users.

The AU Resume Book is an online searchable collection of over 1,500 student and alumni resumes. Employers can access the book through AU CareerWeb and use it to search for qualified candidates to fill specific positions. Contact Nicole Giaccone at giaccone@american.edu with questions.

Career Events

We organize career events to help SIS students learn about career options, sharpen professional skills, and meet people working in their target jobs and fields.

Our colleagues in the central AU Career Center plan the university's Job and Internship Fair each fall and spring to give employers the opportunity to meet talented AU students and alumni seeking full- and part-time jobs and internships. This high-impact event connects representatives from 140 nonprofit organizations, companies, and government agencies with more than 1,200 students and alumni from a variety of disciplines within the university. The Job and Internship Fair is open to AU students and alumni and registered employers only.

Dialogues with Diplomats is a monthly event that helps students connect with Ambassadors, Foreign Service Officers, and other foreign policy and diplomacy professionals over coffee and career-related conversations.

We invite employers to host an information table in the high-traffic atrium of the SIS building to meet and engage with our students and promote upcoming opportunities to join your team.

The SIS Job Shadow Program gives students a chance to spend a half day of work with an alum or other professional working in their target job or field. The job shadow experience can include participating in the host’s daily work activities, sitting in on team meetings, holding informational interviews with various employees, and joining the host and other alumni for lunch. The goal of this event is to help students learn about a particular job and workplace, connect classroom learning to real-world situations, clarify career goals, and start to develop a network of professional contacts working in their target field. This event takes place during Fall Break in October.

Jump Start January is a series of intensive, three-hour training workshops that teach the parts of career readiness for a specific field with the biggest impact and relevance to student and employer needs. The first hour of each boot camp is dedicated to exploration of career options as they relate to students' personal preferences. During the second hour, we invite a panel of mid-career professionals to share firsthand experiences and practical advice with students. Finally, for the third hour, we lead an activity that teaches tips and tools students can use to make themselves competitive candidates for their desired roles.

Mock Interview Madness allows students to participate in one 30-minute practice interview (a 20-minute interview followed by 10 minutes of feedback) with a recruiter or hiring manager. Interviewers join us on campus or virtually for a two-hour time block. We provide a list of sample questions and feedback criteria, as well as the students’ resumes, cover letters, and sample job posts in advance. The goal of this event is to help students develop effective interview strategies, learn how to answer difficult questions, improve communication skills, and reduce stress before an actual interview.

The SIS Networking Reception is a structured networking event designed to give students a chance to practice networking and gain at least one new professional contact.

During SIS Site Visit Day in late August, SIS graduate students travel in pre-set groups to the offices of 2-3 different employers working in the same field. Each visit lasts 1-1½ hours and can include an office tour, an overview of the organization, and a panel discussion with employees. The goal of this event is to help students explore a particular field in international affairs, learn about different employers working in that field, and start to develop career goals.

Our Volunteer Fair: From Passion to Paycheck targets service-minded students who want to make an impact in the community while gaining critical skills and experience. This event features organizations that have open in-person and virtual volunteer positions for AU students and gives students a chance to chat informally with representatives from each organization in the SIS atrium.