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Advising Appointments

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Start building your career. Meet with your career advisor for help with your resume, interview preparation, or to build your networking skills.

You can meet with your advisor in-person, over the phone, or over Skype (while the Career Center works remotely due to COVID-19, all advising appointments will take place over Skype).  Schedule your appointment online using Handshake. If you have questions, please email

You can cancel your appointment without penalty online up to 24 hours before the appointment time. Failure to attend three scheduled appointments without providing sufficient notice will result in a suspension of your advising privileges for the semester.

Internship and Career Advising

As an undergraduate, graduate student, or alum within one year of graduation, you can tap into the expertise and guidance of a peer advisor or career advisor dedicated to your school.

Schedule your 30- or 60-minute session with your CAS, SIS, SOC, or SPA advisor online using Handshake.

Merit Awards Advising

Nationally competitive, merit-based scholarships offer students and alumni the means to study abroad, fund graduate education, and gain high-level work experience.

Search our National Scholarship Directory for opportunities. Then schedule an appointment with a merit awards advisor to learn more and to compete for specific awards. Email to schedule an appointment.

Alumni Career Advising

If you graduated more than one year ago, you are invited to meet with our alumni career advisor, Alyssa Best, for up to three 30-minute appointments at no charge. Alyssa works with American University SPA, CAS and SOC alumni. Kogod alumni, please make an appointment with the Kogod Office of Career Engagement; SIS alumni should contact the SIS Office of Career Development.

Changing careers or finding work in a tight market can be challenging. Alyssa offers Skype appointments each Wednesday from 12-7 p.m. Schedule an appointment with Handshake.

Peer Advisor Drop-ins

Peer Advisors are available for virtual drop-ins until June 30th, 2020: 

  • Monday-Saturday – 2pm-5pm EST
  • With additional hours Wednesday from 6pm-8pm EST 

Drop-in for a 15-minute virtual appointment via Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, please RSVP to this Handshake event.
Peer Advisors are sometimes available outside of the hours listed above. If you have a question about connecting with a peer advisor outside of those hours, please email and a Peer Advisor will respond no later than the next business day.

Why meet with a peer advisor?

  • Learn about Career Center services and resources.
  • Enhance your application materials, including resumes and cover letters.
  • See demos of online resources including Handshake and Going Global.
  • Explore the Career Resource Library's extensive collection of books and periodicals.
  • Refine your professional image and effectively present yourself during networking events and interviews.
  • Learn effective search strategies in order to attain jobs and internships.
  • Receive quick advice without scheduling an appointment.

Why meet with a career advisor?

  • Understand your interests, skills, personality traits, and work values through self-assessment.
  • Hone your research skills in order to explore career and advanced degree options.
  • Choose a major, concentration, or advanced degree that aligns with your career goals.
  • Learn effective search strategies in order to attain internships and jobs.
  • Enhance your application materials, including resumes, cover letters, and portfolios.
  • Learn effective search strategies in order to attain jobs and internships.
  • Refine your professional image and effectively present yourself during networking events and interviews.
  • Evaluate job offers and compensation packages and sharpen your negotiation skills.