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Employment Resources

As a graduate of American University, you may access unparalleled career services throughout your lifetime. Whether you reside inside or outside the Beltway, the Career Center is committed to helping you to manage your professional and academic pursuits.

Did you graduate from Kogod, SIS, or WCL? Access school-specific career services via the links below.

Kogod Center for Career Development (KCCD)

SIS Office of Career Development

WCL Office of Career & Professional Development

If you graduated more than one year ago from CAS, SOC, or SPA, you are invited to meet with our alumni career advisor, Anne Kirchgessner, for up to three 30-minute appointments at no charge.

Changing careers or finding work in a tight market can be challenging. Anne offers phone and in-person appointments each Wednesday from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Schedule an appointment online or call 202-885-1804.

Use Handshake, your free and comprehensive career management tool, to search for jobs and internships specifically posted for AU alumni. To explore nationally competitive, merit-based scholarships that may enable you to study overseas, fund graduate education, or gain high-level work experience, search our National Scholarship Directory and learn more about the Office of Merit Awards.

Participate in free events and programs to advance your job search and network with alumni and employers. Consult the calendar for upcoming job and internship fairs, networking receptions, employer information sessions, workshops, and presentations.

Check Upcoming Events on the alumni association site to find online networking events and career building opportunities.

Establish valuable connections with fellow alumni who may offer career advice or opportunities through the American University Alumni group in LinkedIn. Interact with the Career Center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Want to give back by mentoring, networking, or sharing your professional experience with students? Take a look at some of the ways alumni can volunteer and get in touch with Alumni Relations to get started.

Volunteer with the Career Center

If you'd like to get involved with helping current students find jobs and internships, mentoring, or giving career advice, we'd love to have you as a volunteer. Contact Charley Fogel with any questions or to become a Career Center volunteer.

Have a job or internship you need to fill? Would you like to fill that position with a qualified AU student or alum? There many ways in which you can recruit fellow Eagles. For more information on any of these recruiting options, see the Recruiting Guide or email Julie Jones, Director of Employer Relations.

  • Post your job in the following places:
  • Attend the Job and Internship Fairs (Fall and Spring)
  • Conduct interviews on campus or virtually
  • Host an information session
  • Host an information table in the student center
  • Join the Employer Exchange, multi organization information sessions
  • Post a Public Service Work Study Program position and pay only 25% of a student’s wages (Non-profit and government agencies only. Other restrictions apply.)
  • Attend a Networking Reception (see below for more details)

There are a few social media outlets for students and alumni to connect. Join these networks to provide your expertise, guidance, or advice to students and young alumni who are trying to begin or navigate their careers. 

  • Alumnifire for AU – a networking platform exclusive to the AU community. Post jobs, offer informational interviews and networking, find a mentee, or offer any other help that you can think of.
  • LinkedIn – keep your LinkedIn profile up-to-date, and make sure you have AU listed under Education. Students can search Eagles here and reach out for advice or other connections. 
  • LinkedIn alumni group – join the LinkedIn alumni group to keep up-to-date on events and volunteer opportunities, and you can post jobs there as well!

Each year we host a series of networking receptions based on hot-button industries. Even if you are not hiring, attend a relevant reception to share your story, impart advice, and otherwise help guide AU students as they explore their career options. This year’s receptions are:

  • Human Security (including National and Cyber Security, Intelligence, & Counterterrorism), October 2, 2018
  • Public Health, Health Policy, & the Sciences, November 8, 2018
  • Education, Service, & Social Equity, January 30, 2019
  • Energy, Environment, & Sustainability, April 9, 2019

If you would like to attend as an industry representative or alumni employer, please contact Charley Fogel

Each year we rotate through various identities, and assemble an alumni panel to discuss how each identity has shaped or interacted with their careers. This year’s panel discussions are:

  • Being LGBTQ in the Workplace, Date TBD
  • Multicultural Career Connections, Date TBD
  • Alumni in the KNOW; Women in Leadership, Date TBD

If you would like to be a panelist, please contact Charley Fogel.

The career center hosts and partners on multiple other events each year, for which we rely on alumni volunteers like yourself. Examples of those events include:

Class to Career Conference (C2C)

AU faculty, staff, and alumni take a core group of students on a deep dive of career skills. Volunteers are needed for the following:

  • Young alumni networking
  • Mock interviewers
  • Presentations related to the core skills: written communication, oral communication, ethics, technology, and critical thinking
  • Site visit hosts

New York City Site Visit or L.A Intensive

To volunteer for any of these events, please contact Samantha Mitchell.