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 organize a full calendar of career events to help our students learn about career options, sharpen professional skills, and meet people working in their target jobs and fields.

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 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. The goal of this event is 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 Boot Camps are three-hour, 20-person workshops held at the start of the Spring semester. Each boot camp is designed to be a crash course on the basics of a specific field in international affairs. Participants will leave with general knowledge of career options and the skills needed to competitive in the field, as well as with industry advice and alumni and/or employer connections.

Mock Interview Madness gives students the chance to participate in a 30-minute practice interview with a hiring manager. We invite interviewers to join us on campus or virtually for a two-hour time block, and we provide sample questions, feedback criteria, and students' resumes and cover letters in advance. The goal of this event is to help students develop effective interview strategies, learn how to answer difficult questions, improve communication skills, and reduce stress before an actual interview.

The SIS Networking Reception is a structured networking event designed to give students a chance to practice networking and gain at least one new professional contact.

During SIS Site Visit Day in late August, SIS graduate students travel in pre-set groups to the offices of 2-3 different employers working in the same field. Each visit typically lasts 1½ hours and includes an office tour, an overview of the organization, and a panel discussion with employees. The goal of this event is to help students explore a particular field in international affairs, learn about different employers working in that field, and start to develop career goals.