Industry Days

SPA provides students the opportunity to meet alumni and employers through Industry Days. These events will feature panels of industry experts and networking receptions here on campus.

Join us for Industry Days sponsored by the School of Public Affairs and the AU Career Center. Industry Days provide students the opportunity to hear from and meet alumni and employers currently working in that industry. It provides employers the opportunity to meet students and discuss job and internship opportunities during our networking portion of the event. Whether you are seeking new talent, or hoping to strengthen your professional network, you won't want to miss Industry Days. Industry Days are free to participate in for all AU students, graduate and undergraduate

Fall 2020 Industry Day Format:

Due to covid-19, we have altered the format for our Industry Day events from a single event to an event that spans multiple days. These virtual events will follow the same format of a moderated panel of alums and employers to discuss the featured industry, trends and issues to be aware of, and advice for those interested in learning more followed by a two week period for individual meetings between students and alums and employers.

Some things to be aware of:

  • The system we are using for the student meeting portion uses the term “coach” to refer to alums and employers.
  • Alums and or Employers willing to speak with students in one on one settings can log in through the “coach” link noted for each event. They will be able to set their own availability during the noted time frame. Each meeting is slated for 20 minutes. The system will allow for communication with the student including reminders, sending preferred methods of communication, and rescheduling if need be.
  • Students register through Handshake, the Career Center’s online platform. Registered students will be provided the student link to create a profile and schedule meetings with the alums and employers the day of the panel.

Questions can be directed to Mr. Justin Williams, Associate Director of Undergraduate Recruitment & Retention, at jwilliam@american.edu.

Fall 2020 Industry Day Events:

Non-Profits: Making a Difference

Education, Housing, Food, Environment & Sustainability, and or Social Advocacy & Equity Nonprofits. If you work for an organization focused on any of these areas, or if you’re interested in working in these fields, please join American University's School of Public Affairs and Career Center for a virtual networking event. Employers, AU students, and alumni will have the opportunity to network, provide helpful tips for entering the field, and discuss available opportunities.

Tuesday, October 6th Nonprofits: Making a Difference Panel

Wednesday, October 7th - Wednesday October 21st One on One Networking time frame. Alums and Employers register here. Students register through Handshake.

Intelligence Community

National Security, Cyber Security, Counterterrorism, and Intelligence work-- do you work in any of these fields or have an interest in learning more about them? Please join American University's School of Public Affairs and Career Center for a virtual networking event. Employers, AU students, and alumni will have the opportunity to network, provide helpful tips for entering the field, and discuss available opportunities.

Monday, November 9th Intelligence Community Panel

Tuesday, November 10th - Wednesday November 25th One on One Networking time frame. Alums and Employers register here. Students register through Handshake

Spring 2021 Industry Day Events:

Campaigns, Congress, & Lobbies

Working for Justice

Working for Justice

Monday February 10, 2020, 6-8pm
Constitution Hall

6-6:15pm: Registration & Check-in
6:15-7pm: Panels

  • U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) Panel
  • Law Enforcement & the Courts Panel

7-8pm: Networking Reception

Panelists:
Intelligence Community (IC) Panel will have representatives from Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), FBI, and US Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS).

Law Enforcement & Courts Panel will have representatives from FBI, Fairfax county Police Department, and Prince George’s County Police Department.

NON-PROFIT

Monday October 21, 2019, 9-11AM
Constitution Hall

9-9:15am Alum/Employer/Student Check in & Networking
9:15-10am Panel “Working for a Non-Profit”
10-11am Networking Reception

Panelists:
Samantha Paige Davis
Jaleesa Hall
Kristen Scott Kennedy

 

Campaigns, Congress and Lobbies

Tuesday September 24, 2019, 6-8PM
Constitution Hall

6-6:15PM - Alum/Employer/Student Check in & Networking
6:15-7PM - Panels on campaigning and lobbying running simultaneously
7-8PM - Networking Reception

Campaign Panelists:
Tom Bonier, CEO, TargetSmart
Christian Curto, Campaign Solutions
Alicia Kolar Prevost, Director of the Voter Study Group, Democracy Fund
William R. Sweeney Jr., Distinguished Practitioner, Department of Government, School of Public Affairs

Lobbying Panelists:
Laura Uttley, Lewis-Burke Associates LLC
Awesta Sarkash, Director of Advocacy & Communications, Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED)

More Events

There are several other industry-specific networking receptions hosted by the Alumni Office and Career Center throughout the year. Students can find these events through Handshake.

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