Foreign Service Specialist Career: Information Management Specialist
The FAIT Fellowship is your path to a career as a U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS). Upon successful completion of the two-year Fellowship program and the State Department’s requirements, you will receive an appointment as an IMS with a minimum commitment of five years upon entry into the Foreign Service.
As a U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS), you will support and maintain hundreds of applications and provide IT services domestically and abroad at over 275 overseas posts in nearly 200 countries.
In efforts of promoting our diplomatic and American values at home and abroad, you will serve your country by maintaining secure, reliable IT tools and resources ensuring that the State Department, other federal agencies, non-government partners, and Americans overseas can effectively communicate. You will gain experiences that few other IT professions offer, including the reward of living in a foreign country while experiencing different cultures and helping to protect U.S. interests abroad.
Foreign Service IMS’s have access to training and career development programs; health and medical coverage; federal retirement benefits and generous paid leave. Overseas benefits include paid housing or a housing allowance, and paid education for dependent children in K-12.
Job responsibilities of the IMS vary, depending on the size of the post and the requirements of the specific diplomatic mission.
Click the links below to read an article about IMS job responsibilities and to view video interviews with Foreign Services IMS’s.