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SIS Alumni Relations and Development
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8143

Stephanie Block
Associate Director of Alumni Relations

Students and alumni are welcome to make an appointment with the SIS Office of Alumni Relations to learn more about how to take advantage of their AU SIS Alumni Network. Make your appointment today!

Mentors and mentees meet in the Mary Graydon Building.

The SIS Alumni-Student Mentoring Program offers an outstanding opportunity for SIS students to gain a career-building head start. Our program bridges academic life and the realities that lie ahead in today’s job market.

The Program matches students with alumni mentors for a year, considering each student’s career goals and educational interests. In 2016, we successfully matched 38 pairs of mentors and mentees. Mentors listen and advise, serving as sounding boards and providing guidance and contacts to steer mentees toward their goals.

The program is not limited to metro-DC-based SIS alumni. We welcome “e-mentors” as well. Alumni can mentor students effectively wherever they live. The program's rewards are meaningful and enduring for students and alumni alike.

2016-17 Alumni Mentor Work for the Following Organizations


Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)      

Climate Action Campaign 


Federal Emergency Management Agency                           

Forcier Consulting                                                         

Ian, Evan & Alexander Corporation                                 

Kizuna Across Cultures                                              

Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce                

National Parks Conservation Association                     

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) 

Rolinski & Suarez, LLC                                              

Seeds of Peace                                                          

Student Veterans of America                                  

United Nations                                                            

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)        

U.S. Air Force                                                               

U.S. Congress U.S. Department of Energy                       

U.S. Department of Homeland Security                          

U.S. Department of Labor                                             

U.S. Department of State                                              

U.S. Department of the Treasury                                     

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)                     

U.S. Foreign Service                                                      

U.S. Navy                                                                    

Verizon Communications                                             

Volunteers in Asia                                                   

Washington Regional Threat Analysis Center at the District of Columbia Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency 

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars        

World Bank

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Students gain...

  • Expert, seasoned perspective to supplement the advice of friends, family and professors.
  • A personal relationship and freedom to reach out with any question, big or small. The guidance can reach beyond strictly professional topics to truly personal mentoring.
  • The opportunity to make excellent contacts and valuable networking connections.
  • A beneficial relationship that transcends a mentors job title due to the range of advice a mentor can offer. Some students have discovered a new field of interest as a result of the mentor’s experience.

Mentors gain...

  • the opportunity to help SIS students think beyond their comfort zones.
  • inspiration to reinvigorate their own aspirations.
  • the opportunity to grow as a mentor over the course of a full academic year, and in subsequent years as a returning mentor!
  • the opportunity to reflect not just on what tools are successful, but the "why" of what makes those tools work. Explaining one's job path or editing a student's resume are helpful in reviewing those "whys."