Summer Academic and Practicum Placement Advising

Mentorship students work with the Mentorship Program Office over the summer on their course selection, course registration, preparing for the semester, and practicum placement search.

Academic Advising

Assistant Director Elizabeth Slupski is the students' main point of contact and their academic advisor. Students work with Elizabeth to determine their course selection in May. Then Elizabeth assists students with registration in early June, and works with students through the summer regarding courses, academics, and general information about preparing for the semester.

Practicum Placement Advising

Associate Director Amy Morrill Bijeau and Elizabeth work with students regarding their practicum placement search over the summer. Students submit their resume to the Mentorship Office for review in June and July. Once a student's resume is approved, the student will receive access to the Internship Database. Students should review the postings in the database, but can also search for placements outside of this resource.

Over the summer, Amy provides online advising sessions regarding the search process. Topics covered in these sessions include resume and cover letter tips, self-assessment, application strategies and follow-up, and interview tips. Amy and Elizabeth are both available by email and phone as well for questions.

Fall Academic and Practicum Placement Advising

During the fall, Elizabeth Slupski assists students with fall course questions and concerns, choice of major(s), guidance on and recommendations for using AU resources, and assists with the identification and guidance toward students' educational and professional goals.

Elizabeth sets aside specific Mentorship student advising hours two days per week, with additional days and times as needed. Outside of these specific hours, Elizabeth is available by email (mentorship@american.edu) or phone (202-895-4936). Students can email Elizabeth with their questions and/or to inquire about scheduling an advising appointment.

Peer Advisors

Mentorship Peer Advisors facilitate the college transition process for Mentorship students. They help students to research possible majors and required courses, and provide advising based on their experiences as students at AU. The Peer Advisors are alumni of the Mentorship Program and can share their experience of both the program and attending AU. They hold drop-in and appointment hours during the fall semester.

Practicum Placement Advising

For questions and concerns regarding the practicum placement search and experiences, students work with their Mentored Field Practicum professor. Students meet their professor during orientation and work with them throughout the semester. In addition to their professor, students can also meet with Amy Morrill Bijeau and Elizabeth Slupski to discuss the search and any concerns they may have.

Spring Academic Advising

The Mentorship Office connects students with their spring academic unit in mid to late October. In late October to early November, students attend a group advising session with their spring academic unit to learn about course requirements, recommendations, and the registration process. In order to register for spring semester courses, students are required to attend the group advising session and/or meet with their spring academic advisor.

For students with questions about recommended spring courses and spring advisor assignments, please select the following links: