Career Services

The SIS Office of Career Development provides a wide array of services to students. We will assist you with career exploration, offer negotiation, and everything in between. Our services include personalized career advising, résumé and cover letter reviews, a weekly career newsletter, regular career activities and events, AU CareerWeb, and the SIS Career Resource Library.


The SIS community includes over 20,000 alumni around the world. Whether you are exploring career options, trying to meet people who work in your target field, or searching for a new job, our alumni network can serve as a source of guidance and support. We offer many opportunities for students and alumni to connect through career events and other school-sponsored programs. We also provide space to share ideas and connect via the American University School of International Service LinkedIn group.

AU CareerWeb is a password-protected career development database where students and alumni can apply for thousands of internships and jobs, receive automatic alerts when new positions are posted, save application materials in one place, appear in résumé books available to employers, and sign up for career events.

You can schedule one-on-one meetings with a career advisor at any point during your program. We offer personalized support in résumé and cover letter writing, career exploration, personal branding, internships, interview preparation, offer negotiation, networking, job search strategy, and other career concerns. Appointments can take place in person, over the phone, or via video chat.

We organize career events to help you learn about career options, sharpen professional skills, and meet people who work in your target field. Each year, we host the SIS Job Shadow Program, Jump Start January Boot Camps, Mock Interview Madness, the SIS Networking Reception, SIS Site Visit Day, various workshops, and more. All require an RSVP in AU CareerWeb as a courtesy to presenters.

We send weekly email newsletters to current students to share internship and job posts and to promote upcoming career events and application deadlines. These newsletters are the best way to stay in touch with our office. New students are automatically added to our email lists at the start of their first semester.

Our online Career Resource Library holds career information relevant to pursuing careers in international affairs. Here you can find résumé and cover letter templates, career guides and reading lists, networking email templates, lists of professional associations and job search websites, advice on how to answer common interview questions, salary research tools, and more.

Job Search Support Group Meetings are small group advising sessions designed to provide targeted support to graduating students and recent alumni. The group meets every other week during the academic year and gives participants the chance to work with, get support from, and bounce ideas off of a career advisor and other SIS jobseekers.

Well-written résumés and cover letters open the door for you to meet and interview with employers. We provide résumé and cover letter templates in our Career Resource Library. Reviews can take place in person during career advising appointments and drop-in hours. Students who have previously met with a career advisor can also request a review via email.