Lou Fintor is the Ford School’s new Diplomat in Residence (DIR), a U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officer offering State Department career, internship, and fellowship information.
Joining the Foreign Service in 2002, Fintor served as U.S. Embassy spokesperson in the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe. As Diplomat in Residence, Fintor will offer information on State Department opportunities to students and professionals located throughout the North Central DIR region, which includes Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan. The Ford School serves as one of 16 regional DIR academic host institutions in the United States.
DIRs attend local career fairs for university students, alumni, and professionals, host career information sessions and speak with organizations and groups living in each of the population-based geographic regions they serve. They provide information about Department of State Foreign and Civil Service careers, internships, and fellowships.
In addition to scheduling regular travel to communities and recruitment events throughout assigned geographic areas, DIRs can provide background materials, resources, and referrals to those residing in their regions.