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SIS Office of Career Development

Housed within the School of International Service, the SIS Office of Career Development supports the school's juniors, seniors, graduate students, and alumni through all stages of career development. Our mission is to create innovative, collaborative, and effective opportunities for career education and mentorship to prepare students for life after college. We offer a tailored, comprehensive set of career services and run a full calendar of events and programs to link students with alumni and other industry contacts. Please use the links on this page to schedule a career coaching appointment, learn about the resources available to our students, and meet the SIS career team.

SIS Career Response to COVID-19

To our students and alumni,

We know right now is a time of great uncertainty, and while we may not be able to meet in person, please know the SIS career team is still here to support you.

You can get in touch with us in the following ways:

  • Phone and Skype Appointments: Our office remains open, and advisors are still available for phone or Skype appointments through Handshake.
  • Quick Advice by Email: SIS students and alumni can ask our advisors quick, general questions on résumés, cover letters, and job search strategy by emailing siscareer@american.edu.
  • Online Career Resources: SIS students and alumni can also continue to access résumé and cover letter templates, a list of job search websites, tools for interview prep and offer negotiation, and more on the SIS Career Resource Library. Contact your advisor for the password.
  • Virtual Drop-In Hours: We offer one-on-one virtual drop-in advising hours on Wednesdays via Zoom. Join our online room at any point from 3:30-5:00 pm. If the advisor is meeting with another student, you will be temporarily placed in a waiting room to ensure other students’ privacy.
  • COVID-19 Impact on Employment:  We are collecting employer statements on the status of summer internships and hiring and will share information on the SIS Career Resource Library as we get it. Contact your advisor for the password.

From all of us in the SIS Office of Career Development, we are ready to do what we can to reduce your career-related anxiety and provide support during this time. Please take care of yourselves and others, be safe, and stay well.

Sincerely,

Shaine, David, Elise, and Sofia

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Career Coaching

Schedule a one-on-one meeting with a career advisor at any point during your program.

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I worked with a team member in the Career Office during my last semester. She was such an amazing resource, providing me with starting points for the job search and helping me perfect my first cover letters and resumes. In the last few weeks, I worked with a different team member who helped put me at ease about the interview and negotiating process and helped me practice my handshake. She even took time to speak to me on the phone so I could practice my counter offer script - which helped me get a $2,500 salary increase.

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