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Thank you for expressing interest in our talented students and alumni. We offer our employer partners hybrid recruitment opportunities through in-person, virtual & on-demand events. Hybrid recruiting increases accessibility and allows for a more diverse candidate pool. Contact us about developing & implementing a hybrid recruitment strategy specific to American University. 

Please take advantage of our hybrid resources and services listed below and contact Sharena Payne for more information.

Utilize our free, comprehensive recruitment tool to post and promote your position to 15,000 registered AU student and alumni users. Learn more about Handshake or log in now.

Meet exceptional students & alumni at our in-person & virtual Job and Internship Fairs, which are widely regarded as the most affordable and well-organized recruiting events in the D.C. area.

Generate buzz about your organization and further build your brand, by hosting virtual or in-person events. Pitch your organization and opportunities to eager candidates. Submit your session request through Handshake and partner with our Employer Relations Coordinator, who actively promotes your event to appropriate audiences.

On-Campus Interviews: Enjoy the efficiency and convenience of interviewing AU candidates virtually or in-person through our free On-Campus Interview (OCI) program. Use Handshake to request an interview date, post available positions, review resumes from qualified candidates, and select interviewees. 

Employer Meet-ups: These virtual or in-person info sessions run 30-minutes to 1 hour, with a presentation and Q&A format. Share current events and projects with students and pique their interest in applying to jobs and internships.

Employer Pop-Ups: Set up a table in our active student center for 3 hours to showcase your brand to students & alumni. Or host a virtual room for quick conversations with students and alumni who will rotate in and out.

Employer-in-Residence: Host pre-scheduled one-to-one appointments in-person or virtually, with interested students & alumni, chats are generally 20 minutes and are a great first step in getting to know candidates and provide industry based advice.

NEW! AU Career Communities
The AU Career Center is organizing employer recruitment events into 10 Career Communities. Our Career Community model groups employers under one (or more) Career Community options to guide students to which recruitment events to attend, based on their career interests. We use these communities routinely in Handshake to point students to specific jobs, internships, events, fairs and employers.

Career Communities:
The Arts
Government & Public Affairs
Humanities & Languages
International Affairs
Justice & Law
Health & Social Sciences

These Career Community events provide an opportunity to connect with AU students, alumni, faculty & staff interested in a specific career area. Give professional advice, share information about your organization and discuss career opportunities. The AU Career Center co-hosts these Career Community events with our partner schools(CAS, Kogod, SIS, SOC, SOE & SPA). These engaging events attract highly qualified students & alumni interested in a specific career area. Find additional information, as well as dates and times, on Handshake.


September 7 I 3-7pm: Accounting & Taxation Career Fair & Networking Reception

September 28 | 1-4pm: Fall 2022 Job & Internship Fair

October 18 | 4:30-6:00pm: Virtual Media, Journalism & Public Affairs Networking Fair 

October 18 | 4:30-6:30pm: Non-Profits Making a Difference Networking Reception

November 8 | 4:30-8:30pm: Intelligence & National Security Networking Reception

November 16 | 2-4pm: DC International Student & Alumni Career Fair

Is your organization hosting a virtual or in-person open house, professional development opportunity, webinar series, panel or other virtual event? Let us know! Post all recruitment opportunities in Handshake and invite AU! The AU Employer Relations Team will promote to the appropriate audience. 

Interested in visiting an AU Career Course class? Contact Sharena Payne, Associate Director of Employer Relations.

Hire talented, committed, part-time staff members for a fraction of the usual cost. Partner organizations - non-profit organizations and government agencies - hire AU students with Federal Work Study awards for part-time positions in the fall, spring, or summer terms. Partners pay only 25% of students' wages, while federal funds cover the rest. To learn more, visit the Public Service Work Study Program page or contact the Student Employment Coordinator.

Looking for AU student volunteers to help advance a campaign for social justice or community service project? AU's Center for Community Engagement & Service (CCES) is here to connect you to our active and engaged students! Over 3000 AU undergraduate students volunteer each year. Let the CCES staff assist in connecting your organization to the AU students who share a passion for your cause!

Other Recruitment Services

Kogod Office of Career Engagement

Recruit undergraduate and graduate business students through the Kogod Office of Career Engagement.

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WCL Office of Career and Professional Development

Recruit law students and JDs through the Washington College of Law (WCL) Office of Career and Professional Development.

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Hire Part-Time

Are you an AU neighbor looking for extra help? AU is excited to announce its partnership with QuadJobs, an online platform that connects students to flexible, part-time jobs (lawn mower, dog walker, babysitter, errand runner).

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