Alumni & Employers

Connect with the next generation of global leaders and impact makers.

Jobs & Internships

We share jobs and internships with SIS graduate students through the Career Compass, our weekly opportunities email. Please send openings to siscareer@american.edu.

To reach SIS undergraduate students and alumni, please consider posting in Handshake, the university's free recruitment tool with 22,000 registered AU student and alumni users.

Please click here to review the university's recruitment policies.

Signature Programs

Contact us to learn more about the career programs we run to link students with alumni and other industry representatives who can help them develop professional interests and competencies, integrate academic learning with work, and explore future career possibilities.

We host two Site Visit Days each fall, one before classes begin in August and the other during Fall Break in October. For both events, we send small groups of students to the offices of 2-3 different employers over the course of one day for career exploration. These informational visits offer exposure to various workplaces, career paths, and opportunities through a discussion with alumni and other employees.

Jump Start January is a half-day career conference and reverse hiring simulation for graduate students. For this event, students work in teams to “hire” the strongest applicants for fictional international affairs jobs and will identify lessons learned for their own applications, interviews, and negotiations. At each step, students are joined by special alumni guest judges who offer guidance and insight.

The Job Shadow Program aims to give students insight into a particular work area aligned with their interests and goals. During spring break, we give students the opportunity to spend a full or half day with an alum. The visit may include observing daily work, an office tour, sitting in on meetings and/or helping with events, and informational interviews with other alumni and employees at the organization.

In March, we partner with recruiters and hiring managers to host a day of mock interviews called Mock Interview Madness. These practice interviews help students develop effective interviewing skills, learn how to answer difficult questions, and reduce stress before an actual interview.

The SIS Mentoring Program connects student mentees with alumni mentors for one academic year. Mentors and mentees work together to explore post-graduation pathways, network, and move students towards their next professionals steps. This program is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Students and alumni do not need to be based in the DC area to participate.

Faculty are invited to request guest speakers from our network of alumni and industry contacts as part of our Don't Cancel Class initiative. Contact Shaine Cunningham, Director of Career Education & Employer Relations, at scunningham@american.edu for more information.

We co-sponsor a series of industry-themed networking nights with the AU Career Center and partner schools CAS, SOC, Kogod, and SPA to give students a chance to connect with alumni, employers, and faculty, seek professional advice, and learn about organizations and opportunities.

The AU Career Center plans the AU Job & Internship Fair each fall and spring to give employers the opportunity to meet talented students and alumni seeking full- and part-time jobs and internships.

The AU Career Center plans a full calendar of employer-in-residence appointments, on-campus interviews, and employer meet-up sessions and pop-ups to connect employers with interested students and alumni.