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About Information Management Specialists in the Foreign Service of the Department of State

The mission of a U.S. diplomat in the Foreign Service is to promote peace, support prosperity, and protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad. Foreign Service Information Management Specialists (IMS) apply technology solutions to the business of diplomacy.


If you’re passionate about public service and information technology and want to represent the U.S. around the world, a challenging and rewarding career is waiting for you. The opportunity to work and experience cultures, customs and people of different nations is truly a career unlike any other.


The work you’ll do will have an impact on the world. You will be asked to serve at one of any of the more than 275 embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions in The Americas, Africa, Europe and Eurasia, East Asia and Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia. Some of these posts are in difficult and even dangerous environments, but working in them affords great challenges and rewards.


Explore a career as an Information Management Specialist (IMS) in the Foreign Service and start your journey with the Department today. Start by looking at where we work, or taking the quiz to find out if the Foreign Service IMS track is right for you. Learn more by visiting the U.S Department of State Careers website.