State Department Office Hours – Drop in to Meet with the State Department’s Diplomat in Residence

Jan 16 • 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Drop in anytime during 2:30-4:30 for office hours with Philip Beekman, Diplomat in Residence, U.S. Department of State  (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) 

Not just for political science, international affairs, or languages majors – we are also actively recruiting from the fields of business and finance, computer science and information technology, and more — all majors welcome!

Curious about domestic and foreign internship and fellowship opportunities with the State Department or are you considering applying for a State Department position and have questions? Want to use your Arabic, Mandarin, Portuguese, or Spanish skills with the State Department abroad? Thinking about signing up to take the Foreign Service Officer Test in February or in the future and want to know more? 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? 

In addition, our Pickering and Rangel Fellowship Programs in the Foreign Service are focused on helping the State Department attract people who are underrepresented currently in the Foreign Service (so a wide definition of diversity – racial/ethnic, gender, socio-economic, geographic)  They are $100K fellowships and they 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 out at an embassy or consulate) and are provided living stipends for school and the internships.  Then, once done with school, the programs fast track participants into the Foreign Service.  For both Pickering and Rangel, applications are due typically 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


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


We have a new, similar fellowship called the Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) 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 2020.  The program is tripling the size to 15 this year.  FAIT does differ 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 program.  You can find out more at

Drop into the studio anytime from 2:30-4:30 to talk with our Diplomat in Residence, Philip Beekman, first come/first serve.

Co-sponsored by Global Studies and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships and Open to ALL students, All Degrees, Graduate and Undergraduate!  



Jan 16, 2020 | 2:30 PM

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