Employer Relations

Are you interested in connecting with SIS students? We want to work with you. Contact Shaine Melnick at smelnick@american.edu or 202-885-2511 to learn more.

Jobs & Internships

We share internship and job openings with students through our weekly career newsletters, social media, and career advising appointments. Please send opportunities to siscareer@american.edu.

If you wish to reach a broader audience, please consider using AU CareerWeb, the university's free recruitment tool, to post your opportunity for 15,000 registered AU student and alumni users.

The AU Resume Book is an online searchable collection of over 1,500 student and alumni resumes. Employers can access the book through AU CareerWeb and use it to search for qualified candidates to fill specific positions. Contact the AU Career Center's Employer Relations Coordinator at 202-885-1814 with questions.

Please click here to view AU's Recruitment Policies.

Career Events

We host the following signature events each year to help SIS students explore career paths, polish their professional skills, practice networking, engage with employers and alumni, and learn about internship and job opportunities.

Our colleagues in the central AU Career Center plan the university's Job and Internship Fair each fall and spring to give employers the opportunity to meet talented AU students and alumni seeking full- and part-time jobs and internships. This high-impact event connects representatives from 140 nonprofit organizations, companies, and government agencies with more than 1,200 students and alumni from a variety of disciplines within the university. The Job and Internship Fair is open to AU students and alumni and registered employers only.

Dialogues with Diplomats is a monthly event hosted by AU SIS Diplomat in Residence Caroline Croft to connect students with Ambassadors, Foreign Service Officers, and other foreign policy and diplomacy professionals over coffee and career-related conversations.

We invite employers to host an information table for an afternoon in the high-traffic atrium of the SIS building to meet and engage with our students and promote upcoming opportunities to join your team.

The SIS Job Shadow Program gives students the chance to spend a half day of work with an alum in their target job or field. The job shadow experience typically includes participating in the host’s daily work activities, sitting in on team meetings, holding informational interviews with employees, and joining the host for lunch. This event aims to help students learn about a particular job and workplace, connect classroom learning to real-world situations, clarify career goals, and start to develop a network of professional contacts working in their target field. This event takes place during Fall Break in October.

Jump Start January is a week of student-alumni career conversations. Each two-hour afternoon is designed to help students explore various career pathways within a particular industry by learning about SIS resources for career exploration and speaking with alumni about their professional experiences in the field.

SIS Mock Interview Madness gives students the chance to participate in a 30-minute mock interview with a recruiter or hiring manager. This event aims to help students develop effective interview strategies, learn how to answer difficult questions, improve communication skills, and reduce stress before an actual interview.

We host the SIS Networking Reception each Spring to help students improve their networking skills and connect with alumni and friends of SIS at a series of speed networking roundtables.

For our Site Visit Day in late August, SIS graduate students visit the offices of three different employers working in the same industry. These trips can include an office tour, an overview of the organization, and a panel discussion with current interns and employees. The goals of this event are to help students gain exposure to various workplaces, practice networking, understand the qualifications needed for specific jobs in the field, and learn about internship and job opportunities.