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Success stories are one-minute videos highlighting students' professional successes and the Career Center resources that helped them achieve them. A success is loosely defined and isn't limited to acquiring a job or internship. If you have a success to share, submit your story! Use our form or email us at

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Diversity in Diplomacy

Highly competitive fellowships honor outstanding young people bound for foreign service careers, reward excellence, and encourage underrepresented groups.

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What Students Have to Say: Sammie Chai's Success Story


Learn how Sammie Chai utilized the Virtual Career Fair and other Career Center resources to land an interview with Teach For America.


What Students Have to Say: Lawrence Oberemok


Learn how AU alum Lawrence Oberemok (BA '21) landed an Externship with Facebook's State Public Policy team after brushing up his resume, cover letter, and interview skills.


Brianna Crummy


In May 2020, Brianna Crummy graduated from American University's School of Communication with a journalism degree. She recently accepted a job as a digital producer at Politico. Learn how the Career Center helped her and advice she has for students in their search.


Job Searching During COVID-19: Britt Jacovich


Britt Jacovich, 2020 SPA/SOC recent graduate and alumni of the Career Center's Peer Advisor program was hired as a press assistant for Allied Progress in DC, where she'll start after graduation. Britt shares some insight on her job search, how the AU Career Center has helped her along the way, and tips on how to stay proactive in your own hunt to find a job!


What Students Have to Say: Dira Hanifah


Alum and former international student Dira (CAS/BA '18) talks about meeting with Career Center advisor Marie for mock interviewing, and about recognizing and talking about your skills.


Ugoeze's Story: World Bank


Learn how SIS alumna Ugoeze Achilike (SIS/BA '17) landed a full-time, paid position at the World Bank Visitor Center after getting her foot in the door as a volunteer.


Ugoeze's Story, Part 2: LinkedIn & Networking


SIS alumna Ugoeze Achilike shares how to network like a pro. In our last video, Achilike detailed how she was able to land a full- time paid position at the World Bank. In this video, she shares with us the importance of being bold and reaching out to people in your industry, as well as how to do it effectively.


Alain's Story: Obama Foundation Internship


Alain discusses what he learned as an AU student and through his internship at The Obama Foundation. Apply for internships at Highlights: 4:39 What was it like working at the Obama Foundation? 7:23 Meeting Barack Obama and shaking his hand

Doctoral student lands job with East West Center

Marie, my career advisor, helped me fully prepare for my interview.

I reached out to Marie Spaulding (career advisor for CAS) to ask if she could give me a mock interview for this job. Even though she wasn’t in the office that day, she swiftly responded encouraging me to schedule an appointment. Marie challenged me by asking many questions that I was not prepared for and provided helpful suggestions that addressed my concerns and weaknesses pertaining to this specific interview. This interview considerably strengthened my confidence, which is one crucial factor that helped me perform well in the real interview.


Bobbie's Story: NY Career Intensive


Learn more about the NY Intensive from Bobbie Semple, who landed her dream job at MWW PR after making a connection with an AU alum on last year's trip! 

Winner of a Rangel Fellowship

I wanted to pursue a career in public service as a Foreign Service Officer.

"Growing up in the Virgin Islands, I experienced firsthand how climate change impacts the most susceptible individuals. Experiencing these environmental pressures fostered my dedication to environmental activism and my desire to help those who are similarly affected. The Rangel Fellowship presented an amazing opportunity to finance graduate school and an avenue into an impactful career working to prevent environmental degradation. The Office of Merit Awards helped me prepare a competitive application and provided continuous support during the process."

Office of Merit Awards Stats

number 2

for Boren Scholars & Fellows combined


Fulbright Scholars since 2013


recipients, alternates, and finalists for nationally competitive scholarships (2017-18)