U.S. College Students Can Apply July 2 – 20, 2013 for Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternships
The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) is a unique opportunity allowing U.S. citizen college students to engage in citizen diplomacy through virtual internships (eInternships) with U.S. Government federal agencies. VSFS enables students to work remotely to support the work of the USA around the world. Applications will be accepted July 2-20, 2013 for 276 extraordinarily interesting projects with the State Department and many other agencies, available through this USA Jobs vacancy announcement.
Students are expected work virtually on an average of 10 hours per week on VSFS eInternship projects. Most work and projects are internet-based.
Past VSFS projects included:
- Creating a forum for host country and American students to exchange their ideas, experience, and knowledge about environmental advocacy
- Promoting student programs in the U.S. and civic engagement by using new media
- Identifying and using journalism trends to reach out to students and young journalists
- Expanding a post’s English learning and educational advising
- Creating lesson plans on environmental conservation and for schools in remote areas of the country
- Researching, interviewing, and producing a video on visa lottery winners’ stories and experiences in the US for Consular outreach
The VSFS program has seen enormous growth since it was first announced in May 2009. This year, for the first time, students will choose from projects with the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Foreign Commercial Service (FCS), and Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) in addition to the Smithsonian Institution, Department of the Interior, and the Department of Education.
U.S. citizen college students interested in applying for a VSFS eInternship position for Fall 2013 through Spring 2014 may apply on USA Jobs
starting July 2 and ending on July 20.
Applicants can apply for up to three projects of interest and can view all available projects here: http://www.state.gov/vsfs/209292.htm.
For more information, please send an e-mail to: VSFS@state.gov.