The American Foreign Service Association, the professional association for the U.S. Foreign Service, and the Society for Foreign Affairs formally agreed to work together to connect members of the diplomatic corps with the public, students, and young professionals. This is the first of several partnerships the Society is pursuing as part of its mission to provide a bridge between its members, policymakers, and the public.
The American Foreign Service Association represents 32,000 current and retired public servants in foreign affairs positions. AFSA’s members include Foreign Service Officers and employees of the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, Foreign Agricultural Service, Foreign Commercial Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
The AFSA-Delta Phi Epsilon partnership covers four areas:
Foreign Service Mentoring Program
The Society and AFSA will create a joint mentoring program that pairs students and recent graduates with active and retired Foreign Service Officers. Mentors will share their country and subject matter expertise and, of course, provide career advice to interested mentees.
Fellowship, Educational, and Internship Programs
The Society and AFSA will collaborate on fellowship, internship, and other educational programs such as scholarships. Initially, the Society will facilitate applications to the State Department Minority Internship Program, which provides a stipend to one college intern each summer, and the AFSA Scholarship Program, which provides $260,000 in college aid to students each year. As resources become available, the Society will sponsor an additional minority internship and develop other joint programs.
The Society’s Journal of Foreign Affairs will coordinate with the editors of AFSA’s Foreign Service Journal to select journal submissions for publication in both outlets, increasing circulation for the Society’s articles. The Foreign Service Journal reaches all AFSA members and foreign embassies and many Congressional offices.
Each year, AFSA and the Society will promote and co-sponsor each other’s events. AFSA will also share access to its speakers bureau and to the Foreign Service Club in Washington, DC.
Would you like to get involved in these and other partner programs? If you are an alumnus, alumna, or student in the Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Fraternity and Sorority, you can get involved by becoming a Society member today.
The Society is a member-supported 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting the practice and study of foreign affairs. We bring together members of business, government, and academia to inform the public; support individuals seeking careers in international affairs; and promote foreign policy rooted the values of democratic governance, rule of law, free trade, and peaceful relations between nations.
Already a member? We’re always looking for volunteers to help build programs like our AFSA projects. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.