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Alumni Resources and Opportunities

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AU offers career services for life. There are also many opportunities for alumni to give back with their time, expertise, experience, and networks. Below are the many ways in which alumni can remain engaged with the Eagle community whether seeking career development or helping fellow Eagles. Please contact Charley Fogel with any questions. 

Career Services for Alumni

  • Schedule an appointment with a career advisor for tailored guidance and advice on job searching, graduate school, and professional development. If you graduated more than one year ago from CAS, SOC, SPA, or SOE, you are invited to meet with our alumni career advisor for up to three 30-minute appointments at no charge. 
  • Graduated less than one year ago? You still have access to your school-specific career advisors through the same link. 
  • Graduated from Kogod, SIS, or WCL? Contact the school-specific career office (linked above) for more information. 

Handshake
AU alumni maintain access to Handshake,AU’s comprehensive career management platform. Access Handshaketo apply for jobs, book advising appointments,connect with employers, register for events, access additional resources, and more. To create a Handshake account, or to recover your student account:

  • If you still have access to your AU portal username and password, log in with your AU portal credentials at https://american.joinhandshake.com 
  • Otherwise, please email careercenter@american.edu and include the following information:

    • Your full name while attending AU

    • Your preferred full name now (if different from when you attended AU)
    • Your graduation year

    • The name of the program you graduated from 

Alumnifire
Join Alumnifire to connect with fellow Eagles across the globe. Find a mentor, grow your network, find community, apply for jobs, and ask for help.

Access our homepage for detailed guides on resumes, cover letters, interviews, and more. We have also assembled resources specifically for career planning during COVID-19.

Join the Alumni Association for events and programs to connect with each other for career development as well as social and educational purposes. Show your Eagle pride wherever you go in the world, find community based on location or identity, industry, and experienced-based affinity

Mentor, Hire, and Give Back to Students and Young Alumni

Alumnifire for AU

Alumnifire is the primary hub for self-service mentoring, hiring, and networking with fellow Eagles. Join this free platform and complete your profile to start connecting with Eagles in exactly the ways you wish. Offer your network, advice, skills, experience, and expertise to help open doors for Eagles around the world; seek new connections and professional development opportunities for yourself; post jobs and events for the Eagle community; and start or join groups that meet your professional interests. Join today at https://american.alumnifire.com

Handshake

Join Handshake as an Employer and connect with American University to post jobs and host events for AU students and alumni. Handshake is your one-stop-shop for all things recruiting and will connect you with 15,000 registered AU seekers.

Your LinkedIn Profile

Keep your profile up to date and ensure you have American University listed under Education. Fellow Eagles can then search this page and reach out for advice or other connections.

LinkedIn Alumni Group

Don’t miss out on events and volunteer opportunities as well as exciting announcements from former classmates. Join the LinkedIn American University Alumni Group now. 

Are you looking for quality candidates to join your organization? There are many ways in which you can recruit fellow Eagles. For more information on any of these recruiting opportunities, visit Recruitment Page or email Sharena Payne, Associate Director of Employer Relations.  

Post a job or internship 

There are many places to post an available opportunity, each with a unique purpose: 

Attend a job fair 

AU hosts a university-wide Job and Internship Fair each semester. Additionally, we host multiple industry-based job fairs throughout the year. 

  • AU Job and Internship Fairs (Fall and Spring) 

  • See “Industry-Based Opportunities” below for the most up-to-date list of the industry-specific job fairs. 

Host a recruiting event 

These opportunities allow you to meet 1:1 or in groups with students interested in working with your organization. You can request any of these through Handshake or contact Darnise Samuel with any questions. 

  • “On-Campus” Interviews (OCI) – meet 1:1 with selected candidates. 

  • Employer Meet-ups – host a group presentation about your organization. 

  • Employer Pop-ins – answer quick questions from students. 

  • Recruiter Chats – hold open “office hours” for brief 1:1 conversations with students. 

  • Hosting your own recruiting event? Let us help promote it to AU students! 

Host a Public Service Work Study Student  

The Public Service Work Study Program is a great way to sponsor student employment subsidized by the federal government. This is open only to non-profits and government agencies. Other restrictions apply. Contact Aubrey Hill for more information. 

The Career Center hosts Industry Focus Event Series, which include job fairs, webinars, student-alumni networking, and alumni-only networking. Additionally, we partner with offices across campus to expand the breadth of industry opportunities available for our students and alumni. 

Industry Focus Event Series

All times are listed in Eastern Time

Public Health – October

  • Health Programs in Action Webinar: Wednesday, October 14, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Watch the recording now!
  • Student-Alumni Networking: October 14- October 28 

  • Job Fair: Wednesday, October 21, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  

  • Alumni Professionals Networking: Wednesday, October 28, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM)– November 

  • Job Fair: Tuesday, November 10, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

  • Student-Alumni Networking: November 10 – 24 

  • Alumni Professionals Networking: TBD 

Marketing and Communication – TBD February 

Human Rights – TBD Late Spring 

Additional Industry-Based Events 

Commercial Consulting Panel – Wednesday, September 30, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Nonprofits Making a Difference Industry Day – Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Analytics Panel and Networking – Thursday, October 1, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sustainability Panel and Networking – Wednesday, October 28, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
U.S. Intelligence Community Industry Day – Monday, November 9, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

There are several additional ways to share your experience and expertise with the Eagle Community.

Dinner with Alumni
Host a dinner for a group of students around a topic of your choice. These events can be structured or unstructured and are managed by the alum with logistical support from the Office of Alumni Relations. Visit the Dinner with Alumni website or contact Amber McClay for more information. 

At Home with AU
Invite Eagles virtually into your home, office, or beachy backdrop to share about your passion. Past topics have included: 

  • How to Communicate in a Digital World 

  • Being Indispensable at Work 

  • Starting a New Journey During Crisis 

  • Workouts, cooking demos, and more! 

Contact Caitlin Wise for more information or complete the Volunteer Interest Form to pitch your date and topic. 

Career Education
Are you an expert at resumes or cover letters? Have you learned how to nail an interview every time? Do you want to share your perspective as a recruiter with students looking to get their foot in the door with a job application? Reach out to Charley Fogel or complete the Volunteer Interest Form to indicate your areas of expertise. When an opportunity arises, we’ll know who to contact!

Affinity Programs
Connect with fellow Eagles who share a common experience or identity. AU’s Affinity Programs host many events throughout the year focused on career and social interactions. Find more information here

Regional Programs
Connect with fellow Eagles in your region for career, service, and social events. For a list of Alumni Communities and to get involved, find more information here

And much more! 
Visit the Alumni Association Website for even more ways to get involved. 

Each year, the Career Center provides funds to qualifying students to take an unpaid internship to further their career without the burden of extra financial strain. Donate to the Eagle Internship Fund to help us increase the number of students who can access this opportunity. 

Graduation Census
Did you graduate in May 2020? Complete the Graduation Census to share about your experience at AU and since graduation. Your response helps us improve our services and programs as well as helps prospective students and families make informed decisions. 

Success Stories
Did you have a great experience with the Career Center? Are you working on an awesome project? Help us get the word out about our work and our alumni successes. Email ccsuccessstory@american.edu with your name, contact info, and brief explanation of why you should be featured. We'll contact you to talk about recording a success story