Our career services take you from career exploration to job offer negotiation.

The Office of Career Development provides a wide array of services to SIS students and recent alumni. We will assist you with everything from career exploration to job offer negotiation and all stops along the way. Our services include one-on-one advising, résumé and cover letter reviews, regular career news and updates, self-service career tools and resources, and events like site visits, workshops, and more.


The SIS community includes over 20,000 alumni around the world. Whether you are exploring career options, trying to meet people in your target field, or searching for a new job, our alumni network can serve as a source of guidance and support. We offer many opportunities for students and alumni to connect at career events and other school-sponsored programs. We also provide space to share ideas and connect via the American University School of International Service LinkedIn group.

AU CareerWeb is a password-protected database where students can apply for thousands of full- and part-time jobs and internships, receive automatic alerts when new positions that match their search criteria are posted, save application materials in one place, appear in résumé books available to employers, and RSVP for career events hosted by the school and university.

Students can schedule a one-on-one meeting with a career advisor at any point during their program. We offer personalized support in résumé and cover letter writing, career exploration, personal branding, internships, interview preparation, offer negotiation, networking, job search strategy, and other career concerns. Appointments can take place in person, over the phone, or via video call.

We organize a series of career events to help students learn about career options, sharpen professional skills, and meet people working in their target jobs and fields. Each year, we offer variety of workshops and information sessions on campus and online, as well as annual events like our Jump Start January boot camps, networking reception (February), Mock Interview Madness (March), Site Visit Day (August), and Job Shadow Program (October). All require an RSVP in AU CareerWeb as a courtesy to presenters.

Our online Career Resource Library holds a selection of self-service career tools and resources relevant to pursuing careers in international affairs. Here you can find resume and cover letter templates, as well as information on career exploration, networking, getting experience, job search strategy, interviews, offer negotiation, and more.

We send weekly emails to current students to share select job and internship posts and to promote upcoming career events and application deadlines. These emails are the best way to stay in touch with our office. New students are automatically added to our email lists at the start of their first semester.

Nationally competitive, merit-based scholarships offer students the means to accomplish a variety of goals, including studying abroad, funding education, and gaining high-level work experience. The Office of Merit Awards helps students identify fellowships and assists with the application process.

Well-written résumés and cover letters open the door for you to meet and interview with employers. Résumé and cover letter templates are available on our Career Resource Library. Reviews can take place in person during career advising appointments and drop-in hours, as well as by email as long as the student has previously met with a career advisor.