Edward Eichler works as a Foreign Service Officer in the State Department, currently posted in Guangzhou, China, as a consular officer. He primarily works with Non-immigrant Visas, Immigrant Visas, and the Fraud Prevention Unit, which requires him to apply U.S. immigration law and State Department regulations. He will be leaving Guangzhou and moving to DC for most of the next year learning Russian, and his next post will be Moscow where he will be an Economic Officer, starting in summer 2016.
While at William & Mary Law, Edward benefited from a summer fellowship given by the Program in Comparative Legal Studies & Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, which allowed him to intern at International Bridges to Justice in Geneva, Switzerland. The following summer, with a Public Service Fund fellowship, he interned at a Department of Justice immigration court in northern Virginia. Edward was also an Articles Editor for the William & Mary Law Review, and took a number of courses at William & Mary related to international issues, such as International Business Transactions, International Trade Law, Transnational Law, Comparative Law, and Immigration Law.
The opportunities afforded by William and Mary made the difference in my getting the job I wanted. I received generous grants for both of my summers which enabled me to pursue internships at an international NGO in Geneva and at an immigration court in the DC area. In the classroom I took a number of courses related to international affairs, and found my professors to be not only incredibly knowledgeable, but also approachable and clearly devoted to their students. The education I received at W&M was instrumental in my becoming a Foreign Service Officer.