On Sept. 11, 2001, Andrew Sisk was stationed in Islamabad, Pakistan, as part of the highly-selective U.S. Department of State Presidential Management Fellows Program.
Sisk cited the “tragic circumstances” he witnessed as the reason he decided to become a Foreign Service Officer.
Now, after more than 23 years working for the State Department, the last 17 of which were served overseas, Sisk has returned to his home state of North Carolina to become UNC and Duke University’s Diplomat in Residence for the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.
The Diplomat in Residence program is run by the U.S. Department of State to raise awareness of its Foreign and Civil Service career opportunities and paid internships and fellowships, Sisk said. As DIR for the Mid-Atlantic region, Sisk has responsibility for the Carolinas and the state of Virginia.
“With decades of experience in the U.S. Foreign Service at posts around the world and in Washington, D.C., Andy Sisk is a valuable resource for Tar Heels seeking careers in diplomacy,” Heather Ward, associate provost for global affairs, said in a statement.
As DIR at UNC, Sisk is involved with the Diplomacy Initiative, a program of the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs that prepares students to become future leaders by beginning to address global challenges, Ward said.
The initiative will be hosting a Diplomacy Week in mid-April where students can engage with leaders in international affairs and national security.
Emma Sampson, Sisk’s virtual student federal service intern, described Sisk as “very kind and outgoing,” and fit for a role that involves outreach to students.
“He’s also from North Carolina — he’s a first-generation college student,” she said. “So, I think he is very relatable to a lot of students.”