Career Services

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


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 programs and events, as well as via the American University School of International Service group on LinkedIn.

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.

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, and other career concerns.

All students are welcome to take advantage of our drop-in hours. These 10-minute sessions are ideal for general questions on resumes and cover letters (paper copies required) and internship and job search strategy. For all other topics, please schedule an appointment through Handshake. Hours are subject to change. Please check our advising page for current information.

We organize an annual series of Signature Programs and Events to help students explore career options, polish professional skills, and connect with recruiters, alumni, and industry experts. All require an RSVP in Handshake as a courtesy to presenters.

We send the Career Compass, our weekly email newsletter, to graduate students to promote upcoming events, deadlines, and internship and job opportunities. Past issues are archived on the SIS Career Resource Library.

The SIS Career Resource Library is a password-protected website created exclusively for SIS students and alumni that holds career guides, templates, and other tools and resources relevant to pursuing careers in international affairs.

Job Search Support Group meetings are small group advising sessions that provide targeted support for graduating graduate students and recent alumni. The group meets throughout the spring semester and gives participants the chance to work with, get support from, and bounce ideas off of an SIS 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 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.