MCU Alumna Chosen for State Dept. Program to Groom US Diplomats

Kelsey Woody

Following a highly competitive application process, Kelsey Woody ’18 has been selected for the prestigious Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State.

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars administers the program, which provides up to $75,000 in academic funding for two years. Woody will start classes this fall at Columbia University to pursue a master of science in technology management degree. Fellows also participate in two summer internships with stipend support – one in Washington, DC and one at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad – as well as professional development training.

After completing the FAIT Fellowship program and meeting State Department requirements, Fellows receive appointments as Foreign Service Information Management Specialists and begin exciting careers using their technology skills to support U.S. diplomacy abroad.

“I am so overjoyed and thankful for my time at MCU. It has truly prepared me for my professional and life journey,” said Woody, who was one of 15 students selected for the program.

The 2021 cohort of the FAIT Fellowship is the fifth cohort of this program that launched in 2016 as part of the Department’s efforts to attract top technology talent and increase diversity in the Foreign Service.

“The Washington Center is honored to partner with the U.S. Department of State on the FAIT Fellowship program for the fifth year in a row,” said Chris Norton, The Washington Center president, “And we’re excited that we were able to provide the U.S. Department of State with a diverse pool of talented, highly qualified students for the selection process. The FAIT Fellowship program is truly an opportunity of a lifetime for these students, as a path to a career that takes them around the world and that makes a real difference.”

Woody earned a bachelor’s degree in media studies at Marymount California University and a master’s degree in strategic public relations at George Washington University. She currently works at Booz Allen Hamilton as a business analyst in Washington, DC.

About The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars

The Washington Center is the largest and most established student internship program in Washington, DC. Since its founding, the organization has helped more than 60,000 young people translate their college majors into career paths.