Duke Hosts New Diplomat in Residence

North Carolina native brings over 20 years of Foreign Service experience to campus

-By Charles Givens

January 23, 2023

Duke University, along with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will host the new Diplomat in Residence (DIR) Andrew Sisk from 2022 – 2024. Sisk assumed the role of Diplomat in Residence for the Mid-Atlantic region covering Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Andy Sisk, the Mid-Atlantic Diplomat in Residence (Image credit: U.S. Department of State)

The role of a Diplomat in Residence is to offer guidance and advice to students and the greater community about careers in the State Department. The program totals 16 Foreign Service Officers spread throughout the United States.

“We are excited to welcome Andy to Duke’s campus,” said Hal Matthews, International Programs Manager for the Office of Global Affairs. “Students of all academic levels and areas of study are encouraged to attend this information session. Andy will answer questions from the crowd and highlight a variety opportunities for students who are interested in career, internship and fellowship opportunities in Foreign or Civil Service.”

“We are delighted to host another diplomat in residence with such a distinguished career and interesting views of diplomacy,” said Giovanni Zanalda, former director of the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies.  “We are grateful to continue our partnership with the State Department in this important mission of promoting public service among students in the Mid-Atlantic region.”

The Mid-Atlantic region for the Diplomat in Residence program includes Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. (Image credit: U.S. Department of State)

Sisk, a native of North Carolina, began his career as a U.S. Department of State Presidential Management Fellow in the Bureau for Consular Affairs, including rotations to the White House Office of the Vice President, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of International Aviation and the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. He received his bachelor’s degree in politics from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University.

Sisk will host an informal conversation and Q&A on internships, fellowships and career opportunities with the State Department. The event is January 31 at 3:00 p.m. in Duke University’s Rubenstein Library room 249. More information about the event can be found via the Duke Calendar link here.

The community is encouraged to connect with DIR Sisk at DIRMidAtlantic@state.gov.

For more information on the Diplomat in Residence program, head to their website here.