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View the listing below to learn more about our Summer/Fall 2017 recruitment events. For more information and/or to meet us on the road, please contact spainfo@american.edu.

Summer/Fall 2017 Recruitment Events

Event Location
Date
PPIA 2017 Public Service Expo George Washington University July 14
PPIA Junior Summer Institute Fair Berkeley, CA July 27 |
2:00-5:00 PM
APPAM Public Policy Camp Washington, DC September 15
New York Idealist New York, NY September 19 | 5:00-8:00 PM
Atlanta Idealist Atlanta, GA September 20 | 5:00-8:00 PM
McNair Conference UMBC Baltimore, MD September 23
Boston Idealist Boston, MA September 25 | 5:00-8:00 PM
Philadelphia Idealist Philadelphia, PA September 26 | 5:00-8:00 PM
James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA September 26 | 3:00-6:00 PM
Brigham Young University Provo, UT September 28
College of William & Mary Williamsburg, VA September 29
DC Idealist Washington, DC October 2 | 5:00-8:00 PM
Colby College Waterville, ME October 2
Bates College Lewiston, ME October 3
Chicago Idealist Chicago, IL October 5 | 5:00-8:00 PM
Purdue University West Lafayette, IN TBD
Indiana University Bloomington, IN TBD
Butler University Indianapolis, IN TBD
Seattle Idealist Seattle, WA October 9 | 5:00-8:00 PM
San Francisco Idealist San Francisco, CA October 11 | 5:00-8:00 PM
Los Angeles Idealist Los Angeles, CA October 12 | 5:00-8:00 PM
Elon University Elon, NC October 24 | 3:00-6:00 PM
Furman University Greenville, SC October TBD
UNC-Asheville Asheville, NC TBD
Davidson College Davidson, NC TBD
Howard University Washington, DC November TBD

Save the Dates!

School of Public Affairs: DMV Intern Happy Hour (All Master's Programs)

Date: Thursday, July 20
Time: 5:30-7:30 PM
Location: Capitol Hill, TBD

Registration Close Date: July 18

Join us for SPA's DMV Intern Happy Hour!

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University will host our Summer DMV Happy Hour on Capitol Hill on Thursday, July 20, 2017. This event is SPA's way of culminating the summer with the incredible interns across the DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) area! Come join the fun…meet our faculty, current students, and staff who hope your internship here is just a prelude to your return for graduate school at SPA and more professional experience in the mecca of opportunity-Washington, DC!

All interns are invited to Meet-and-Greet SPA at our complimentary Happy Hour on the Hill! Mark your calendar now to join us! More details regarding the location for the event is forthcoming.

Questions: SPA_GradEvents@American.edu

International Graduate Student Orientation

International Graduate Student Orientation covers important immigration, employment, and cross cultural sessions, as well as academic information specifically of interest to all international students beginning in Fall 2017 at American University.

Website: http://www.american.edu/ocl/isss/Graduate-Orientation.cfm

Questions: intlorientation@american.edu or 202-885-3358

Mandatory New Graduate Student Orientation

Orientation is your opportunity to prepare for your new academic career, and have the opportunity to be introduced to the SPA faculty, student, and staff community. This event should be considered mandatory for all new SPA students. Additional details regarding New Graduate Student Orientation are forthcoming.

Fall 2017 Classes Begin

Your new academic and professional career commences!

School of Public Affairs: Fall Preview Day (All Master's Programs)

Date: November 10-11, 2017

Registration Close Date: November 7

Join us for SPA Fall Preview Day

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) will host our Fall Preview Day that will begin with optional activities on Friday evening (Class Visits and/or Social Reception) to be followed by a full day on campus on Saturday, November 11, 2017; 10:00am-5:00pm (EST). SPA's Fall Preview Day offers both prospective Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 master's students an opportunity to explore academic fit, engage with faculty and their future peer network, as well as experience the beautiful American University (AU) campus and the excitement of Washington, D.C. The experience is sure to enable students the privilege to envision themselves as part of the vibrant AU and SPA community.

The SPA Fall Preview Day agenda will begin with optional class visits, campus tour, and a social reception in the vibrant D.C. area on Friday, November 10. The experience continues on Saturday, November 11 with a robust agenda that will include faculty current issue talks, a career service professional outcomes and networking presentation, current student/alumni panel, as well as a session devoted to the application process and SPA's merit aid strategy.

All Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 prospective graduate students are invited to attend. Make your travel plans now to join us! More details including a detailed itinerary and travel logistics will be offered to registered participants closer to the event.

Questions: SPA_GradEvents@American.edu

School of Public Affairs: Top Prospect Day (Special Invitation Only-All Master’s Programs)

Date: February 9-10, 2018

Registration Close Date: February 6, 2018

An Exclusive Invitation Event-SPA Top Prospect Day

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) will host our Top Prospect Day that will begin with optional activities on Friday evening (Class Visits and/or Social Reception) to be followed by a full day on campus on Saturday, February 10 2018; 10:00am-5:00pm (EST). SPA's Top Prospect day is designed for candidates who have demonstrated strength through a compelling application file and/or affiliation. Top Prospect Day offers prospective Fall 2018 master's students an opportunity to explore academic fit, engage with faculty and their future peer network, as well as experience the beautiful American University (AU) campus and the excitement of Washington, D.C. The experience is sure to enable students the privilege to envision themselves as part of the vibrant AU and SPA community.

The SPA Top Prospect Day agenda will begin with optional class visits, campus tour, and a social reception in the vibrant D.C. area on Friday, February 9. The experience continues on Saturday, February 10 with a robust agenda that will include faculty mini-class presentations, research centers, labs, and professional institute panel, a career service professional outcomes and networking presentation, current student/alumni panel, as well as a session devoted to the application process and SPA merit aid.

Fall 2018 prospective graduate students will be identified and extended an exclusive invitation. Travel vouchers are available. More details including a detailed itinerary and travel logistics will be offered to invited participants closer to the event.

To make inquiry and/or to request an invitation to this special visit day: SPA_GradEvents@American.edu

School of Public Affairs: Ph.D. Admitted Student Day (PhD in Political Science, PhD in Public Administration, and PhD in Justice, Law, & Criminology)

Date: March 22, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Registration Close Date: March 19, 2018

Join us for SPA Ph.D. Admitted Student Day

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) will host our Spring Ph.D. Admitted Student Day that offers a full day on campus on Thursday, March 22, 2018; 10:00am-5:00pm (EST) with a social reception to follow. SPA's Ph.D. Admitted Student Day offers Fall 2018 admitted doctoral students an opportunity to engage with SPA faculty, meet their peer network, and experience the beautiful American University (AU) campus and the excitement of Washington, D.C. The experience is sure to excite new students about the vibrant AU and SPA community.

The SPA Ph.D. Admitted Student Day offers a robust agenda that will include curriculum review and orientation with Chairs, Faculty Program Directors, faculty mentors and current doctoral students. The Ph.D. Admitted Student Day will culminate with an early evening, social reception.

All Fall 2018 SPA admitted doctoral students are invited to attend. More details including a detailed itinerary will be offered to admitted students closer to the event.

Questions: SPA_GradEvents@American.edu

School of Public Affairs: Spring Engagement Day (All Master's Programs)

Date: March 24-25, 2018

Registration Close Date: March 20, 2018

Join us for SPA Spring Engagement Day

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) will host our Spring Engagement Day that will begin with optional activities (Class Visit and/or Social Reception) on Friday evening to be followed by a full day on campus on Saturday, March 25, 2018; 9:00am-5:00pm (EST). SPA's Spring Engagement Day offers Fall 2018 admitted master's students an opportunity to explore academic fit, engage with faculty and their future peer network, as well as experience the beautiful American University (AU) campus and the excitement of Washington, D.C. The experience is sure to enable students the privilege to envision themselves as part of the vibrant AU and SPA community.

The SPA Spring Engagement Day agenda will begin with optional class visits, campus tour, and a social reception in the vibrant D.C. area on Friday, March 24. The experience continues on Saturday, March 25 with a robust agenda that will include faculty current issue talks, departmental meetings with Chairs and Program Directors, a career service professional outcomes and networking presentation, alumni panel, as well as a session devoted to financial/merit aid.

All Fall 2018 admitted graduate students to SPA are invited to attend. Make your travel plans now to join us! More details including a detailed itinerary and travel logistics will be offered to registered participants closer to the event.

Questions: SPA_GradEvents@American.edu