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Monday-Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Contact:
Fernando, Gihan S
Assistant Vice Provost

Butler Pavilion, Room 5th Floor on a map

Career Center 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016-8033-8011 United States

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Scam alert

As we enter the summer 2022 job, internship, and fellowship search cycle, watch out for scammers posing as legitimate employers. Recently, our staff received an email from a generic .edu address fraudulently promoting a part-time job with WHO. See our tips to avoid scams. 

Update Your Primary Email Address

AU’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) recently identified an email delivery issue for messages routed to students' @american.edu email address. (See Knowledge Article KB0018277 for more information.) Please take these steps to ensure you receive messages from employers about jobs or internships.

Operating Updates

The Career Center is operating in a hybrid modality, with team members working in the office and remotely.

  • Temporarily, while we manage some staff transitions, our office in Butler Pavilion, 5th floor, welcomes in-person visitors Tuesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. In addition, we respond to phone calls and email Mondays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Here's how to find us from the quad! 
  • Appointment availability and responses to emails and calls occur during and outside of these hours. 
  • Students may select from virtual or in-person career advising appointments and drop-ins. For appointment requests outside the hours available in Handshake, please email careercenter@american.edu or call 202-885-1804.
  • Employer recruiting events and career advisor webinars and chats are hosted on virtual platforms. See Upcoming Events below for details.  

Visit AU’s COVID-19 Resources page for the latest information. Questions? Contact us at careercenter@american.edu or call 202-885-1804.

Upcoming Events

Check back for more Career Center webinars in Fall 2022.

Missed a webinar? Watch recordings from our Spring 2022 Job Search Series. 

Our Spring 2022 recruiting season has concluded. Please check back in August for more Employer-in-Residence (EiR) events.

Please review our program policies & learn how to sign up for these opportunities.

If an EiR is full or if you cannot attend the virtual date, still click 'Apply' in Handshake and a copy of your resume will be sent to the employer. 

Our Spring 2022 recruiting season has concluded. Please check back in August for our Fall 2022 employer meet-ups and webinars.

In the meantime, visit Handshake>Events for more opportunities to meet with employers.

Missed a webinar? Check out our YouTube channel for recordings. Here are some of our featured playlists: 

Spring 2022 Job Search Series - includes webinars on resumes and cover letters, networking, wellness in the job search and more. 
Job Searching in an Economic Downturn Alumni Panels - includes 2020 CAS alumni panels and tips from individual alumni.
Peer Advisors Present - let our Peer Advisors guide you through Handshake, QuadJobs, and other Career Center resources.

Career Planning during COVID-19

Find resources to help navigate the job and internship search during the ongoing global pandemic.

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Career Guides by Major

Not sure what your career path might be, or how your major can help you get there? Use our career guides to explore the skills you'll develop through your coursework, how you can apply them in a variety of fields, and where to learn more about industries related to your major.

Explore Career Guides

Alumnifire

Connect with AU alumni for help with everything from general career advice to job opportunities. Sign up with your LinkedIn or Facebook account.

Join Alumnifire

Career Exploration and Self-Assessments

Learn four career exploration steps and the self-assessments available to help you find your next steps. 

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Partner with Us!

Students, if you're interested in co-sponsoring an event with the Career Center or would like to request a workshop for your organization or club, please contact Emily Lelandais.  

Faculty and staff, to learn more about how the Career Center can support or enhance your work in and out of the classroom, please contact Gihan Fernando.

AU Alumni Freeman and Snead

Announcement

Two American University Alumni Win 2022 Knight-Hennessy Scholarship

American University alumni have been awarded prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholarship.

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International

American University #1 in Boren Fellows; SIS Recognizes 11 Boren Award Winners

American University is first in the nation for graduate students who received the prestigious Boren Fellowship in 2021.

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montage of Fulbright scholars

Achievements

AU Celebrates Fulbright Scholars

The highly competitive Fulbright US Scholars Program honored 11 American University alumni and one PhD student with awards to carry out self-designed research projects or teach English during the 2020–2021 academic year.

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Achievements

Diversity in Diplomacy

Highly competitive fellowships honor outstanding young people bound for foreign service careers, reward excellence, and encourage underrepresented groups.

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The Plan for Spring 2022 - Career FAQs

Will I be able to meet with career advisor to learn about my career options?

Yes, you can! The Career Center transitioned all its services, including career advising appointments, education programs, and recruiting events, to online platforms in March 2020. Check the Operating Updates above for the latest information. 

Will I be able to find a part-time job on or off-campus?

There are jobs out there and we are here to help you find and apply to them. Explore AU’s Student Jobs website, paying particular attention to the FAQs to identify which legal documents you will need to present at the time of hire. On-campus positions are posted on the AU Human Resources Student Jobs page. Check this page periodically for new positions.

You can schedule an appointment with a career advisor to craft your application materials. All incoming first-year students will be given access to Handshake, our career management platform, in mid-July. You can use Handshake to schedule career advising appointments and look for off-campus professional opportunities.

What will internships look like – will they be available?

Many employers have shifted internships to an online format or have hybrid models that have remote and in-person capability. Some employers are being creative and are offering different models of experience-building such as micro-internships, short-term experiences that allow you to work on a focused project or one or two. Handshake internship listings are a great place to start your search, and check in with a career advisor if you’d like more guidance.  

Has the process for registering an internship credit changed?

The process for receiving approval for internship credit has not changed. A student should contact their academic advisor to learn the specific process for their school. If a student has been offered an internship and would like to receive academic credit they should have their academic advisor review the internship job description to see if credit is an option. Their advisor will work with them on completing the necessary information on the Internship Registration Form.   

Will I be able to develop professional contacts?

Employers and alumni are eager to connect with AU students to provide career-related information, advice, and opportunities. From this summer on, you will have multiple opportunities to develop your professional network at AU. Virtual one-on-one consultations, panels, networking events, alumni conversations, and job fairs will provide lots of opportunities to make connections. If you haven’t already, make sure to sign up for Alumnifire, a networking platform that allows AU students and alumni to connect easily. Speak with a career advisor about developing your LinkedIn profile and take advantage of that powerful platform to full effect. 

Will merit awards (national scholarships) continue, and can I apply for them?

Yes. Nationally competitive scholarship programs will continue to make awards in the coming academic year. Those that fund study abroad or cohort-based programming may adjust their dates or convert their programming into an online format if the pandemic continues to affect travel. The Office of Merit Awards will continue to raise awareness of scholarship opportunities through information sessions, workshops, and one-on-one advising. Group sessions and individual advising will be offered virtually until we are able to resume in-person services. Most awards require you to be at least a second-year college student at time of application.