Sep 15, 2019

Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship - Internship

  • Crimson Education
  • USA


Leveraging your passion for technology to serve the U.S. abroad.

If you're pursuing an IT-related degree and interested in using technology solutions for the business of diplomacy, particularly if you are a member of an underrepresented group, the Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship (FAIT) could be your path to a rewarding career. This fellowship offers you a truly unique opportunity, including financial support, mentoring and professional development. Fellows agree to a minimum five-year service commitment as an Information Management Specialist.  The five-year service commitment begins upon entry into the Foreign Service.

Administered by Washington Center, this U.S. Department of State fellowship program aims to diversify the ranks of Information Management Specialists serving in the U.S. Foreign Service with traditionally underrepresented minority groups. This includes but is not limited to racial, geographic, religious and gender minorities, as well as those with financial need. If accepted you’ll receive the financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare you for a career in the Foreign Service. Upon successfully completing the program and the Foreign Affairs IT Specialist entry requirements, you will receive an appointment as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS).

Program Components

During this two-year program, you'll complete two summer internships with the State Department: one in the U.S., between the first and second year of your undergraduate or Master's program, the other overseas, during the summer after you complete your degree. Throughout the program you’ll receive personalized mentoring and professional development opportunities. After successfully completing the program and meeting all the requirements of the State Department, you will serve as an Information Management Specialist with the Foreign Service for five years.

Type of Opportunity

Crimson Students Only Opportunity

Age Range

College and above

Application Process Includes

This is a highly selective program. To be eligible to participate, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program relevant to IT and entering your junior year in the fall of the cohort year; OR be seeking admission to an IT-related master’s degree program beginning in the fall of the cohort year.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application and this grade point average must be maintained throughout participation in the program.
  • Fulfill the summer internship obligations (two summers).
  • Attend orientation in June of the cohort year, if selected.
  • Pass medical, security and suitability clearance/screenings.
  • Be prepared to enter the Foreign Service in fall 2021.
  • For graduate students only: please submit your GRE/GMAT scores only if they are required to apply for your intended graduate program(s); otherwise, they are not required for the FAIT Fellowship application.