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FAIT Fellows Akvile Kiskis, Rachel Chao, Brady DeMerritt, Michael Moise, and Shaki Kar

FAIT Fellows Akvile Kiskis, Rachel Chao, Brady DeMerritt, Michael Moise, and Shaki Kar serve as Information Management Specialists in the U.S. Foreign Service.

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Working for an embassy or consulate in a foreign country is a non-traditional career path for most IT majors, but appealed to Enoch Masih, an IT major at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Masih is a fellow in the Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship program, which provides students pursuing an IT-related bachelor's or master's degree the opportunity to apply to practice their tech skills internationally while serving U.S. diplomacy. 

The two-year fellowship provides academic funding up to $75,000, and leads to an appointment in the Foreign Service as an Information Management Specialist for at least five years. 

The program is run by the U.S. Department of State and currently accepts 15 fellows each year. Applications are open through the end of January to U.S. citizens studying IT with a 3.2 overall GPA.

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