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Monday-Friday: 10 am–12 pm and 1–4 pm

Fernando, Gihan S
Assistant Vice Provost

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

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Internship and Career Advising

Whether or not you have a specific career goal in mind, it's never too early to meet with a career advisor to discuss your occupational dreams, career path ideas, plans, or concerns.

As an undergraduate, graduate student, or alum within one year of graduation, you can meet with a career advisor dedicated to your school. Undergraduate students can also meet with peer advisors.

Schedule your in-person or Zoom appointment with your CAS, SIS, SOC, SOE, or SPA advisor through Handshake.

We are here to help you:

  • Decide what academic major/minor to select or add; explore graduate school decisions
  • Learn about different career paths; understand how your academic program translates into a career; identify jobs/careers related to your current or potential skill set
  • Prepare a resume and cover letter; develop a job/internship search strategy
  • Practice for a job/internship interview and salary negotiations, build your networking skills, and more!

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.

Explore Additional Advising Options

Merit Awards Advising
Alumni Career Advising

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 may meet with our alumni career advisor, Alyssa Best, for up to three 45-minute appointments per calendar year at no charge. Alyssa works with American University CAS, SOE, SOC, and SPA alumni and offers virtual and in-person appointments. Schedule an appointment through Handshake.


Kogod alumni, please contact the Kogod Office of Career Engagement; SIS alumni should contact the SIS Office of Career Development.


Drop-In Advising

Drop-in for a quick, 15-minute session with a career or peer advisor during the hours listed below.

Career Advisor Drop-Ins
Peer Advisor Drop-Ins

Career Advisor Drop-Ins

We are excited to continue our partnership with the Bender Library to offer in-person drop-in advising in the library. During the academic year a career advisor will be available Monday - Friday from 2 - 3 p.m. in Bender Library Collaborative Workroom 6

Virtual drop-in advising is also available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5-6pm on Zoom.  See Handshake for access.   

Why meet with a Peer Advisor?

Peer Advisors are undergraduate students trained to help fellow undergraduate students with career-related questions.  

  • Learn about Career Center services and upcoming events.
  • Get tips on enhancing your resume and cover letters. 
  • Begin your job or internship search.
  • See demos of online resources, such as Handshake, GoinGlobal, Alumnifire, and more.
  • Discuss ways your club or student organization can collaborate with the Career Center

How To Get To the Career Center

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Schedule an Appointment

Schedule your in-person or virtual appointment online through Handshake.

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Why meet with a Career Advisor?

Career Advisors are AU Career Center staff who meet with undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni.  

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

Drop-in Career Advising

During the academic year a career advisor will be available Monday - Friday from 2 - 3 p.m. in Bender Library Collaborative Workroom 6

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