Career Services

We provide career guidance through the following services to help students make informed career choices and transitions.


Schedule a career advising appointment at any point during your program. We offer customized career assistance with career exploration, résumé and cover letter writing, networking, internships, job search strategy, interviewing, offer negotiation, graduate school and fellowship applications, and other career concerns.

Handshake is a password-protected career platform where students and alumni can schedule career advising appointments, search and apply for thousands of internships and jobs, access resources like InterviewStream and GoingGlobal, and sign up for career events.

All students are welcome to take advantage of our drop-in hours in the SIS atrium. These 10-minute sessions are ideal for general questions on résumés, cover letters, and internship/job search strategy. For all other topics, please schedule an appointment through Handshake. Drop-in hours are subject to change. Please check our advising page for current information.

We organize a full calendar of career programming to link students with alumni, employers, industry representatives, professional organizations, and others who provide opportunities to develop professional interests and competencies, integrate academic learning with work, and explore future career possibilities. All require an RSVP in Handshake as a courtesy to presenters.

Our network of over 20,000 alumni around the world can serve as a source of guidance and support in career exploration, networking, and job searches. We provide opportunities for students and alumni to connect through our programming, as well as via the American University School of International Service group on LinkedIn.

We send the Career Compass, a weekly e-newsletter, to graduate students on Tuesday mornings to share internship and job postings sent to us by employers.

Our online career resource library is a password-protected site created exclusively for SIS students and alumni with resume templates, career exploration guides, networking and skill-building resources, tools for interview prep and offer negotiation, and other materials needed to pursue a career in international affairs. Visit Handshake < Career Center < Resources to access the site link and password.

Graduating students and recent alumni can receive targeted support through our Job Search Support Group. This small group meets throughout the spring semester and gives participants the chance to work with, get support from, and bounce ideas off of a career advisor and other jobseekers.

Well-written résumés and cover letters open the door for you to meet and interview with employers. Reviews can take place iduring career advising appointments and drop-in hours. Students who have previously met with a career advisor can also request a review via email without scheduling another appointment.

We regularly engage with alumni and employers to maximize opportunities for our students. From these relationships, we learn about hiring trends and gather employment data that we incorporate throughout all facets of our career support.