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A federal government shutdown occurs when Congress fails to pass a budget or a continuing resolution to fund government operations. Unfortunately, it appears likely that a shutdown will occur on March 1.

Status of Your Internship:
During a government shutdown, many federal agencies and departments will experience reduced operations or temporary closures. This can impact the ability of interns to work either on-site or remotely.

Your specific federal internship office or supervisor can provide guidance on how the shutdown may affect your role and responsibilities. Please stay in close communication with them for updates before the shutdown.

Compensation and Benefits:
Interns' compensation and benefits during a government shutdown may vary depending on your agency, program, and employment status (paid or unpaid).
Some interns may be designated as essential personnel and could continue working without interruption, while others will not be able to work, which could result in a temporary halt to your internship activities and impact your pay. If your internship is paid, you should plan for potential delays in receiving your paycheck during and after a shutdown. It is unlikely that paid interns will receive backpay for work missed during a shutdown. Consult with your agency's Human Resources or Internship Coordinator for information regarding your compensation and benefits during and after a shutdown.

If you are receiving academic credit for your internship:
Speak with the faculty member who is teaching your internship course as soon as possible to discuss options during the shutdown.  If the shutdown is short, you should be able to complete your required hours during the remaining weeks of the semester. Government shutdowns are typically of short duration, and you may be asked to adjust your schedule or duties accordingly. Your faculty supervisor will determine if alternative academic assignments can be substituted for work missed due to a shutdown so that you can receive credit without interruption, especially if the shutdown continues for a prolonged period of time.

Stay Informed:
Keep yourself informed about the latest developments regarding the government shutdown through official government websites, and agency communications. During the shutdown your on-site internship supervisor will most likely not be able to communicate through work channels if they are impacted by the shutdown.  

To understand the specific shutdown contingency plans of your agency and how they apply to your internship, speak with your on-site supervisor.  We understand that this situation can be concerning, and we will do our best to support you throughout the government shutdown. Please reach out to your internship supervisor or your career advisor if you have any questions or need additional guidance.

We all hope for a swift resolution to the funding issue and a minimal impact on your internship experience. Thank you for your dedication and flexibility.


The AU Career Center 

Programs, Workshops & Events


Educational Career Programs & Events - Spring 2024

Internship Workshops

Prepare to SOAR

Job & Internship Fair Prep Events

Casual Career Chats

You can download the Programs, Workshops & Events Flyer.

You can watch recordings of past workshops on our YouTube channel.


In addition to the fairs listed below, visit Handshake Events and filter for "Career Fair" under Category to find more.

February 9 | 10:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Virtual on Handshake
Government, Education & Non-profit Career Fair

February 20 | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Constitution Hall
Advocacy, Policy & Legislation Networking Reception

March 27 | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Hosted Virtually on Handshake
Spring 2024 Job & Internship Fair

Meet 1:1 with an organization representative. Schedule your appointment and see who's coming through Handshake.

Spaces are limited. Slots open at 9 a.m. two weeks before the event. Please review our program policies and to learn how to sign up for these opportunities.

If an EiR is full or you cannot attend the date, still click 'Apply' in Handshake to be placed on the wait list and send a copy of your resume to the employer. 

Students can view opportunities to meet with employers in Handshake. Events are updated daily.

Missed a webinar? Check out our YouTube channel for recordings. Here are some of our featured playlists: 

Spring 2023 Career Readiness series - includes webinars on resumes and cover letters, networking, virtual interviewing and more.
Hot Topics for Career Success - 5-10 minute videos on a variety of career topics.
Peer Advisors Present - let our Peer Advisors guide you through Handshake, QuadJobs, and other Career Center resources.


How to make the most of the Virtual Fair

Exclusive interview with Julie Jones and Liz Romig, directors from the AU Career Center.

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Get ready for the Spring 24 Job & Internship Fair

Wednesday, March 27 from 1-4pm ET | Hosted Virtually on Handshake

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Another Successful Year for American University: A Legacy of Excellence in Public Service.

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Congratulations to AU’s Fulbrighters

American University is a top producer of Fulbright grant recipients.

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Students can reserve one of three interview rooms during Career Center hours. Call or email us to reserve a room.

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Learn four career exploration steps and the self-assessments available to help you find your next steps. 

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Being "career ready" means doing everything you can to prepare and execute a successful transition to the workplace.

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Partner with Us!

Students, if you're interested in co-sponsoring an event with the Career Center or would like to request a workshop for your organization or club, please fill out this event request form.  

To learn more about how the Career Center can support or enhance your work in and out of the classroom, please contact Elizabeth Romig.


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Not sure what your career path might be, or how your major can help you get there? Use our career guides to explore the skills you'll develop through your coursework, how you can apply them in a variety of fields, and where to learn more about industries related to your major.

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