American University Alumni Career Services

As a graduate of American University, you may access unparalleled career services throughout your lifetime. Whether you reside inside or outside the Beltway, the Career Center is committed to helping you to manage your professional and academic pursuits.

american_university_watkins_buildingAU School of Public Affairs Career Resources Intranet

Former MSOD students can sign up for the SPA Alumni Career Resources Intranet, which gives you access to the same content that is available to current SPA students on the Blackboard career resources site.  Please email for permanent access to more than 150 documents – constantly updated – that include employer lists, as well as fact sheets on job search strategy, cover letters, resumes, salary negotiation, security clearances and more. Of note, these career resources are tailored to non-MSOD students, however, you may find them helpful.

Advising Appointments

If you graduated more than one year ago, you are invited to meet with our alumni career advisor, Anne Kirchgessner, for a 30-minute appointment at no charge. Changing careers or finding work in a tight market can be challenging. Anne offers phone and in-person appointments each Wednesday from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Schedule an appointment online or call 202-885-1804.

Virtual Tools

Utilize AU CareerWeb, your free and comprehensive career management tool, to search for jobs and internships specifically posted for AU alumni.


Establish valuable connections with fellow alumni who may offer career advice or opportunities through the American University Alumni group in LinkedIn and AU’s Alumni Association Online Community. Also interact with the Career Center on Facebook and Twitter.

Events and Programs

Participate in free events and programs to advance your job search and network with alumni and employers. Consult the calendar for upcoming job and internship fairs, networking receptions, employer information sessions, workshops, and presentations.

Job Boards

Click here to access a list of job boards that commonly feature OD-related opportunities.

Click here to access the Association’s Job Board.  All members are welcome to post jobs and reply to existing posts.

get_onlineKey Search Terms

Click here for a list of key terms to use when searching for OD opportunities.

Companies Employing OD Professionals

Click here for a list of companies that employ OD professionals. We welcome you to contribute to this repository by adding companies or listing yourself as a point-of-contact for the company.

2013 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

The Partnership for Public Service uses data from the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey to rank agencies and their subcomponents according to a Best Places to Work index score. Designed to help a broad audience of government leaders, employees and job seekers, the 2013 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings drew on responses from more than 376,000 civil servants to produce a detailed view of employee satisfaction and commitment across 371 federal agencies and subcomponents.

Starting an OD Practice

In addition to the small-business resources page, there are additional resources available to those seeking to start an OD practice:

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