This webinar was recorded live on September 19, 2023, and is now available to watch on-demand.
Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) sponsored this one-hour webinar featuring speakers from the U.S. Department of State and the Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship program.
Designed to provide helpful information for faculty and advisors at community colleges, this webinar focused on the eligibility requirements and timeline for the undergraduate fellowship program. Community college students are also welcome to attend.
The FAIT Fellowship, a two-year program funded by the U.S. Department of State, offers both undergraduate and graduate fellowships, and is a path to a career in the Foreign Service as an Information Management Specialist for students in IT-related degree programs.
Community college students are well-positioned to apply for the FAIT Fellowship, because this program provides up to $87,000 in academic funding total for their junior and senior years of their bachelor’s degree program. Plus, FAIT Fellows work in two summer internships (with stipends), and receive professional development and mentorship. Upon successful completion of the program and the State Department requirements, FAIT Fellows receive an appointment in the Foreign Service as a full-time Information Management Specialist.
Through the FAIT Fellowship program, the State Department seeks to attract top technology talent to the Foreign Service that reflects the diversity of the United States. Women, members of minority groups underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and those with financial need, are all encouraged to apply.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear directly from the State Department and find out how you can support your qualified IT students who might apply for this unique program. You’ll hear:
- An overview of the FAIT Fellowship program and the role of an Information Management Specialist in the Foreign Service
- How the FAIT Fellowship program is aligned with the State Department’s goals to attract top tech talent that reflects the diversity of the United States
- Eligibility requirements, including guidance on what to do if you are unsure whether a degree program is eligible
- What is covered in the academic funding of up to $43,500 annually for two years
- What is required of students who are accepted into the FAIT Fellowship program (such as, summer internships, attending the professional development series, Foreign Service appointment)
- The role of the Diplomat in Residence (DIR) at colleges/universities and how to get in touch with the DIR in your region
- Options for spreading the word – virtual info sessions, in-person info sessions, printed or digital materials from TWC
- And much more!
Our panelists include:
- Patti Boerner, Program Manager for the FAIT Fellowship, U.S. Department of State
- Antoinette Hurtado, Diplomat in Residence – Southwest, U.S. Department of State
- Karen McBride, Executive Director, Community Colleges for International Development
- Heidi Ramaeker, Outreach Coordinator, FAIT Fellowship, The Washington Center