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SIS Office of Career Development

Housed within the School of International Service, the SIS Office of Career Development supports the school's juniors, seniors, graduate students, and alumni through all stages of career development. Our mission is to create innovative, collaborative, and effective opportunities for career education and mentorship to prepare students for life after college. Please use the links on this page to learn more about our tailored set of career services, our full calendar of events and programs, and how we connect SIS students with alumni and other industry contacts.

SIS Career Response to COVID-19

To our students and alumni,

We know right now is a time of great uncertainty, and while we may not be able to meet in person, please know the SIS career team is still here to support you.

You can get in touch with us in the following ways:

  • Phone and Skype Appointments: Our office is open, and advisors are available for phone or Skype appointments through Handshake.
  • Virtual Drop-In Hours: Meet with an advisor via Zoom during our virtual drop-in advising hours on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 pm. The password is advising.
  • Online Career Resources: Find advice on how to write a resume, where to search for internships and jobs, how to prepare for an interview, and much more on the SIS Career Resource Library. Email siscareer@american.edu for the password.
  • COVID-19 Impact on Employment: Find out the current status of various internship programs and full-time hiring on the SIS Career Resource Library.
  • Virtual Events: Connect with career advisors, fellow students, and alumni, participate in discussions around the career-related challenges and concerns you are facing, and learn about opportunities and best practices. To see upcoming events, search Handshake Events for keyword SIS.
  • AU Together: Alumni can learn more about university-wide opportunities to volunteer, join events, and network online through the AU Office of Development and Alumni Relations

From all of us in the SIS Office of Career Development, we are ready to do what we can to reduce your career-related anxiety and provide support during this time. Please take care of yourselves and others, be safe, and stay well.

Sincerely,

Shaine, David, Elise, and Sofia

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The Career Office helped me negotiate a higher salary.

I worked with a team member in the Career Office during my last semester. She was such an amazing resource, providing me with starting points for the job search and helping me perfect my first cover letters and resumes. In the last few weeks, I worked with a different team member who helped put me at ease about the interview and negotiating process and helped me practice my handshake. She even took time to speak to me on the phone so I could practice my counter offer script - which helped me get a $2,500 salary increase.

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