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Q&A Panel Session: Foreign Service Information Management Specialists

About this event

Whether you are working on your application for the Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship, or you are considering applying, here's an opportunity to hear directly from Foreign Service Information Management Specialists (IMS) and to ask your questions about the FAIT Fellowship program and what it's like working in the Foreign Service. Our panelists in this discussion are:

Akvile Kiskis, who is now at her first post as a Foreign Service IMS at the U.S. Embassy Beirut in Lebanon, completed the FAIT Fellowship program in 2019, after earning her master's degree in Cyber Security and Forensics from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She'll talk about her experiences in the FAIT Fellowship and entering the Foreign Service.

Laura Williams joined the State Department as a Foreign Service IMS in 2001, and served in Cyprus, Algeria, Italy, Mexico and the United States. She is currently the Deputy Director of IT Customer Support at the Department of State, and she will talk about her experiences in the Foreign Service.

William Hagan joined the State Department as a Foreign Service IMS in 2004, serving mainly in Africa and the Western Hemisphere. He is currently a FAIT Fellowship Program Manager and an IT Recruiter at the Department of State. William will also share his experiences in the Foreign Service.


The Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship program provides a path to an exciting career in the U.S. Foreign Service through academic funding (up to $75,000), internships, professional development, and ultimately, an appointment (full-time position) as a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist (IMS).

Applications for the 2021 cohort are now being accepting through Feb 1, 2021.

Don't miss this great opportunity to hear directly from three Foreign Service Specialists and ask your questions. Register today.


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    Akvile Kiskis Information Management Specialist @ U.S. Department of State

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    The Washington Center For Internships And Academic Seminars

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    Blessing Rutonesha Assistant Program Manager @ The Washington Center

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    William Hagan FAIT Fellowship Program Manager and IT Recruiter @ U.S. Department of State

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    Laura Williams Deputy Director, IT Customer Support @ U.S. Department of State

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    Patricia Boerner FAIT Fellowship Program Manager @ U.S. Department of State