Prospective Students

Hello new and prospective students!

We’re so glad that you’re exploring the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. If you decide to attend school here, our office will be here from day one and beyond graduation to support you all as alumni.

We offer the following services to students and alumni:

  • Career coaching
  • Resume & cover letter critiques
  • Career fairs & events
  • Job/internship assistance
  • LinkedIn profile feedback
  • Mock Interviews
  • Workshops
  • AYS Student club information
When will I have access to Handshake (our on-line job posting system)?

After you enroll, the evening of the first day of classes, your information will automatically be downloaded from Banner to Handshake. You will then be able to log-in via the secure student log-in page and access AYS employers and active positions.

If I’m not currently living in Atlanta, can I use AYS Careers services from afar?

Yes, as a student and as an alum, you can access some of our services. Handshake will be available to you even after graduation. Career counseling is available via phone, if necessary.

What opportunities are available for Graduate Assistantships or Graduate Research Assistantships?

Assistantships are available across GSU. There are several ways to learn about opportunities. There isn’t one central posting system for these positions. Another way is to call or visit offices that you’re interested in and drop off your resume. Once classes start, you will have access to Handshake.

Do most students pursue part-time or full-time employment while pursuing a degree?

Yes, the majority of undergraduate, as well as graduate students, students work while completing their degree.

If attending school full-time, is it possible to complete an internship?

Yes, but it is tricky. It largely depends on the industry and your employer’s flexibility. This is a great question to explore with one of us, so schedule an appointment with a career counselor. We’re happy to meet prior to your admittance.

Do you keep lists of fellowships?

Yes, some fellowships are listed on departmental websites and some are posted on Handshake. Also, don’t forget to ask around – both faculty and staff often know of opportunities. These often change from semester to semester, so word-of-mouth is important.

What does AYS Careers do to assist students with finding jobs or internships?

Career Services will support you with getting ready (resume, cover letter, mock interview, etc.), hosting career fairs and events where students can meet alumni, recruiting contacts from around the region, and facilitating connections with networking contacts when possible.

When I graduate will I still have access to AYS Careers’ system?

Yes, absolutely! We’re here for you after graduation. We have an active alumni base in the Atlanta area, as well as contacts outside of Atlanta.

Do I need to come to the Career Center to schedule an appointment?

No, as a prospective student, you can call or e-mail our office to schedule an appointment. As a student or alum, you can schedule via Handshake.

Am I required to visit Career Services during my time in AYSPS?

No, you are not required to visit us, but we do hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunity to have access to the free professional career counseling support and resources.

What are the greatest career advantages to attending AYSPS?

Our location provides a rich environment for experiences, networking contacts and professional development overall. There are a wide range of volunteer, internship, and full-time opportunities within walking distance of the school. The Andrew Young School has alumni working across the region in nonprofit, local, state and federal government, and private sectors. Our graduates are running this city, impacting policy, and making the world a better place, every single day!

Below is a partial listing of current Graduate Assistantship opportunities open to incoming students.

Once you are enrolled and classes have started, please also visit Handshake for a current listing.

Other ways to search for positions throughout GSU:

  1. Call or stop by offices to find out about positions and drop off your resume.
  2. Panther Career Net (University Career Services on-line posting system; also accessible after classes begin. Can also stop by their office to inquire about postings – Student Center West.)
  3. A couple of times per year, University Career Services also offers an On-Campus Job Fair. Visit their website for dates and times.

Current Graduate Assistantships:

  • The Office of Sr. Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Success is hiring six graduate administrative and research assistants (GARAs)to work on a Chatbot Project. Chatbot is an AI smart-texting platform that is currently being used with newly admitted students and will be scaled for use with all enrolled undergraduate students.  Appointments are for Fall 2018 with potential for renewal in Spring and Summer 2019.  Applicants must be a GSU graduate or professional student in good academic standing pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree. Preferred areas include: education or instructional technology, higher education, education administration, computer science, business, or closely related field.
    See full description here. Graduate students can submit applications at Please contact Cheri Kersey at ckersey@gsu.ed with any questions.

Career Planning Handbook

Whether you are just enrolling in your program, are close to graduation or are an AYS alum, the AYS Career Services Handbook is an excellent resource for to help you plan your career.

Click here to download the Handbook

Employer Guide

If you're considering working with the Andrew Young School to recruit students and alumni, take a look at our employer guide:

Click here to download the Employer Guide