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Washington Center (TWC) Foreign Affairs Information Technology (IT) Fellowship Program 2018

 

Funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Washington Center (TWC) for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship Program provides outstanding students pursuing an IT-related degree with a challenging and rewarding opportunity to apply technology solutions to the business of diplomacy.

The program awards five Fellows (three graduates and two undergraduates) with tuition assistance, mentorship, and professional development to launch their careers in the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. Fellows who successfully complete the program and the Foreign Affairs IT Specialist entry requirements will receive an appointment as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS).

Eligibility

Undergraduate Fellowship

 

  • Applicants must be United States citizens.
  • Applicants must be in the sophomore year of undergraduate study at a U.S. undergraduate institution.
  • Applicants must be expecting to receive their bachelor’s degree in spring 2020.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average 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.
  • Applicants must be able to attend June 2018 orientation in Washington, D.C. if selected.
  • Applicants must be available to fulfill the summer internship obligations (summer 2019 & summer 2020)
  • Applicants must be prepared to enter the Foreign Service in fall 2020.

Graduate Fellowship

 

  • Applicants must be United States citizens.
  • Applicants must be seeking admission to a U.S. graduate school beginning in fall 2018.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average 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.
  • Applicants must enroll in a two-year, full-time master’s degree program at U.S. based graduate institutions only, in an academic field relevant to Information Technology. Applicants must be able to attend June 2018 orientation in Washington, D.C. if selected.
  • Applicants must be available to fulfill the summer internship obligations (summer 2019 & summer 2020)
  • Applicants must be prepared to enter the Foreign Service in fall 2020.

Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS)

Foreign Service Information Management Specialists support and maintain hundreds of applications and provide IT services domestically and abroad at over 275 overseas posts in nearly 200 countries. Information Management Specialists serve their country by maintaining secure, reliable IT tools and resources to ensure that Foreign Service Officers, federal agencies and non-government partners can promote diplomacy while serving overseas. Information Management Specialists 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.

 

IT Fellowship Program Benefits

  • Undergraduate Fellows (those beginning their junior year in fall 2018): Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for junior and senior years of undergraduate studies related to an Information Technology field.
  • Graduate Fellows (those beginning a graduate program in fall 2018): Up to $37,500 annually for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses for a two-year master’s degree in an IT-related field.
  • Two summer internships, one at a domestic office of the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and one overseas at a U.S. embassy or consulate. The program provides stipends, transportation and housing for these internships.
  • Orientation to the Program and the Foreign Service at the Department of State.
  • Mentoring from a Foreign Service IMS throughout the duration of the fellowship.
  • Employment in the Department of State Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service IMS entry requirements.

How to Apply

1. Fill out the online application

 

  • Go to the Online Student Portal. It is recommended that you save the URL as a bookmark.
  • Create an account. Note: If you have applied for any other TWC programs please create an account using a different email address for your IT Fellowship application.
  • Start and submit the online application by following the instructions. Throughout the process, you can save your application and return to it at a later time.

 

 

2. Submit supplemental items


You will be required to submit supplemental documents as PDF files directly through the online application. These include:

 

  • An unofficial copy of your transcript (all schools attended)
    The .PDF file should be labeled Lastname, Firstname – Transcript
  • A copy of your certification of U.S. citizenship (U.S. passport, birth certificate or naturalization papers accepted)
    The .PDF file should be labeled Lastname, Firstname – Citizenship
  • Your GRE/GMAT scores (Graduate Fellowship Applicants only)
    If you are applying for MBA programs, you may submit your GMAT scores. Otherwise (even if your intended graduate programs do not require them), you must submit GRE scores as a part of your Graduate Fellowship Application.
    The .PDF file should be labeled Lastname, Firstname – Scores
  • Your personal statement
    Please review the twelve dimensions of a Foreign Service IT Specialist and enter a personal statement explaining why you want to pursue a career in the Foreign Service. Highlight your motivations, as well as your background, experiences and skills that will help you succeed. The personal statement must not exceed 750 words.
    The .PDF file should be labeled Lastname, Firstname – Personal Statement
  • Your updated resume
    Your resume should be no more than two pages long. It should include relevant work, volunteer, internship and/or community activities.
    The .PDF file should be labeled Lastname, Firstname – Resume
  • Your most recent financial aid award letter listing grants or loans
    If you were enrolled in school during the most recent academic year and you received financial aid, you are required to submit a Financial Aid Letter.
    The .PDF file should be labeled Lastname, Firstname – FA Letter
  • Your most recent Student Aid Report (SAR)
    If you received financial aid during your most recent academic year, you are required to submit your most recent SAR form. If you did not receive financial aid during the most recent academic year, you must complete the FAFSA to generate a SAR.
    The .PDF file should be labeled Lastname, Firstname – SAR
  • Statement of Financial Need
    Prepare a short statement explaining your need for financial assistance, including assistance you received during your undergraduate studies, your overall education-related debt, and your ability/plans to pay for graduate school and/or your junior and senior years of undergraduate (depending on whether you are applying for the Graduate or Undergraduate Fellowship).
    This statement must not exceed 400 words.

 

3. Provide letters of recommendation

 

  • Request letters from two recommenders. Select recommenders who can explain why you are uniquely qualified for the fellowship. If you were enrolled in a degree-granting program within the last two years, one letter must be from a professor or faculty member who knows you. The other letter may be from someone else familiar with your college, volunteer, work, or community activities.
  • Add your two recommenders in the online application. Under the “Letter of Recommendation” tab, scroll to the bottom and click on the “Add Reference” button. You will be asked to enter your recommender’s e-mail address.
  • Once you click the “Submit Request” button, your recommenders will receive an email from The Washington Center, requesting that they submit an online recommendation on your behalf. Recommenders will be taken to an online form where they will enter some information before uploading and submitting their recommendation letter.-
  • You will automatically receive a notification email when your recommender completes your recommendation. If you do not receive a notification email in a timely fashion, please follow up with your recommenders to ensure that they still intend to complete your recommendation by the application deadline.

 

Letters of recommendation received after the deadline will not be accepted. Applications that do not contain both letters of recommendation are incomplete and will not be considered. No more than two (2) letters of recommendation will be allowed.

Please note:

 

  • IT Fellowship application inquiries may be directed to foreignserviceIT@twc.edu.
  • It is strongly recommended that all components be submitted well before the application deadline to ensure the documents have been received.
  • If all components are not received by the appropriate deadline, the application will be incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

Application Deadline:

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Foreign Affairs Information Technology (IT) Fellowship Program 2018

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