Recruiting Policies

The following are recruitment policies related to employment opportunities and opportunities for recruiting AU graduates.

The Kogod Office of Career Engagement Corporate Relations team is dedicated to providing superior customer service to employers in order to meet your specific recruitment needs.

The office also works in close partnership with American University's main campus Career Center and leverages a shared recruitment system, Handshake.

Please do not hesitate to contact us directly if you have any questions by calling (202) 885-1908 and asking to speak with a Corporate Relations representative.

The following are a few ways to recruit AU students for opportunities in your company.

Post a Job or Internship
Create an account on Handshake to post your opportunity or email us directly.

*We require all jobs posted through Kogod CareerSource to be bona fide job opportunities that fall within the parameters of professional employment opportunities. Employers who wish to advertise childcare, tutoring, odd jobs, home office duties or jobs should post the position with AUSG Job Board.

Interview on Campus
Request a date through Handshake or contact us directly. We can also arrange for you to interview our students virtually if you are not able to send a recruiter to campus, or if you want to interview students who are currently studying internationally.

Host an Information Session
For employers participating in on-campus recruiting (OCR), we recommend hosting an information session the week before the resume submission deadline (generally three weeks before the interview date). However, information sessions are not limited to on-campus recruiters. If you are not able to travel to campus, we also host virtual information sessions.

Attend an Event
The Office of Career Engagement organizes a series of industry-specific events throughout the academic year focusing on Accounting, Consulting, Finance, Real Estate, IT, Marketing, Entertainment and International Business. In addition, AU's main campus Career Center hosts two annual Job and Internship Fairs, one in the Fall and one in the Spring.

Employer Policies
We ask that employers give students at least 2 weeks from the date of the written offer to respond. For students who receive an offer from their internship, we ask that employers give the students 1 month from the date of the written offer.

Eligible jobs, for which you may recruit through the Kogod Office of Career Engagement, consist of professional duties and salaries or hourly wages. The office does not support full commission-based positions; opportunities that require candidates to pay fees for application processes, training, equipment, or other job-related expenses; positions that require working in home offices or private residences. AU's Student Government Association maintains a job board for food or personal service positions such as waiting tables and dog walking.

Acceptable internships provide students with structured learning experiences, regular supervision, and exposure to professional aspects of chosen fields. Please note the Office of Career Engagement does not determine whether an internship is eligible to receive academic credit other than ensuring it consists of less than 15% administrative work. Students seeking credit for an internship consult with their Faculty Advisor and complete the internship as part of an academic class.

If you seek candidates for eligible jobs and internships, you may formally recruit AU students and alumni through Handshake listings and resume books, semi-annual AU Job and Internship Fairs, Industry Days, on-campus interviews, information sessions, information tables, and networking receptions. However, the Office of Career Engagement reserves the right to deny access to recruiting services at any time. 

You may only use campus facilities, reserved by the office on your behalf, for the purpose of recruiting AU students and alumni for eligible jobs and internships. 

Information tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis to any organization recruiting students and alumni for eligible jobs and internships. Information session room requests and tabling are subject to availability.

Job and internship offers should be made in writing directly to the students in a detailed offer letter which includes projected start date, salary, title, and acceptance deadlines. Please also let the Office of Career Engagement recruiting team know when you have made an offer so staff can work with students to ensure they adhere to all student policies regarding offers and hires.

The office also expects employers to treat candidates in an ethical manner and honor their job offers. In the event an employer needs to withdraw or change a job offer, the employer should contact the Office of Career Engagement immediately.

Failure by a student or employer to behave ethically or honor offers and acceptances will be addressed by the Assistant Dean of Career Services and Alumni Engagement, and may result in loss of access to Office of Career Engagement services.

To encourage students make informed and responsible decisions regarding job offers, Office of Career Engagement encourages employers to use NACE recommendations and the following guidelines:

Unless otherwise specified, we request that employers give students three weeks from the date of the written offer to respond.

Offers from Summer Internships: Students receiving a full-time offer from a summer internship should have until October 30 th to accept/decline offers.


In order to utilize Office of Career Engagement services, you and your organization must comply with American University regulations and applicable federal, state, and local laws, including:

  • Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity in Employment and Education:
  • American University prohibits discrimination and discriminatory harassment (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) against any AU community member on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual's genetic information, or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases"). Compelled by law (the Solomon Amendment), the Career Center grants one exception to the U.S. military so as to avoid the loss of all federal funding, which includes federal student financial assistance and research grants.


  • Anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act if screening applicants based on their work authorization.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act , particularly the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's fact sheet #71 about internship programs.

The Office of Career Engagement ascribes to Principles for Professional Practice , set forth by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and expects employers to review and honor the Principles for Employment Professionals .

Third-party recruiters must adhere to NACE Principles for Third-Party Recruiters and may recruit AU students and alumni at the discretion of the Office of Career Engagement.

As a third-party recruiter, you may participate in select campus recruiting activities as long as you provide position descriptions for eligible jobs upon request and refrain from charging candidates for your services. You may recruit AU students and alumni through Handshake listings, semi-annual Job and Internship Fairs, and networking receptions, while other services are reserved for employers.

In cases of inclement weather, on-campus recruiting activities proceed as planned when the university is open and are canceled or rescheduled when the university is closed. Please call 202-885-1100 for daily updates about the university's operating status.