State Department Office Hours – January 16, 2020

Thursday, January 16, 2020, 2:30pm - 4:30pm ET

Drop in for office hours with Philip Beekman, Diplomat in Residence, U.S. Department of State (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT). Students from all programs are welcome! No pre-registration necessary.

Date: January 16, 2020
Time: 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Stearns Center Career Studio, Room 114 (All Programs and All Degrees – U.S. citizens only)

This opportunity is not just for International Relations students – the U.S. State Department is also actively recruiting from the fields of business and finance, computer science and information technology, and more – students from all programs are welcome!

Are you curious about domestic and foreign opportunities with the State Department or considering applying for a State Department position and have questions? Do you want to use your Arabic, Mandarin, Portuguese, or Spanish skills with the State Department abroad? Are you thinking about signing up to take the Foreign Service Officer Test in February or in the future and want to know more? Do you have questions about the Foreign Service that can’t be answered at or do you just want to know more about the realities of living and working overseas? Drop in for office hours with Philip Beekman to get answers to your questions about the State Department.

Pickering and Rangel Fellowship Programs
Our Pickering and Rangel Fellowship Programs are focused on helping the State Department attract people who are currently underrepresented in the Foreign Service, including people from various racial/ethnic, gender, socio-economic, and geographic backgrounds. These $100,000 fellowships pay for a two year, U.S.-based graduate program focused on any aspect of international affairs. Students are placed in two internships (one in DC, one at an embassy or consulate) and are provided living stipends for school and the internships. Upon school completion, the programs fast track participants into the Foreign Service. For both Pickering and Rangel, applications are typically due in September. Students find out if they are a finalist in October and winners are selected in November, allowing students to finish grad applications and matriculate the following September. There is a five year commitment with the Foreign Service after grad school (to justify the tuition and stipend awards). We select 30 Pickering and 30 Rangel Fellows each year. You can find more at and

Payne Fellows
USAID has a very similar program called Payne Fellows for students interested in international development who then join USAID as Foreign Service Officers. The deadline for this program is November 1. You can find out more at

Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) fellowship
The Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) fellowship is . new, similar fellowship that mirrors the structure of Pickering/Rangel/Payne but is focused on students in IT-related fields who then join the Foreign Service as Information Management Specialists. Applications will open in November with a closing date in early 2021. This year, we are tripling the size of the program to 15 participants. FAIT differs from Pickering and Rangel in that students can apply as early as sophomore year and use the tuition stipend to pay for either the second two years of a bachelors OR use it to pay for a two year IT-related master’s programs. You can find out more at

Drop in to the studio to talk with our Diplomat in Residence, Philip Beekman, on a first come, first serve basis. Since the positions are with the federal government, these opportunities are open to U.S. citizens.

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