from: Media Note
July 5, 2011
The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) program, announced by Secretary Clinton at her 2009 New York University commencement speech, is part of a growing effort by the State Department to harness technology and a commitment to global service among young people to facilitate new forms of diplomatic engagement. VSFS offers U.S. Department of State diplomatic posts and domestic offices the opportunity to build their capacity for outreach to the public and to key diplomatic partners, while expanding the use of social media and encouraging American students to understand and support U.S. foreign policy and the Department of State. These students become virtual eInterns, and their work is done remotely, via computer. eInterns do not report to a physical work location at the State Department or U.S. diplomatic posts overseas, but rather work remotely from the students’ academic institutions, dorm rooms, and homes.
U.S. college students interested in applying for a VSFS eInternship position for the fall 2011 through spring 2012 academic year may apply on www.usajobs.gov and visit www.state.gov/vsfs for more information and to see a list of available positions.
* A U.S. citizen
* A college or graduate student at the freshmen status or higher
* In good academic standing in an accredited institution
* VSFS eInterns will not need to obtain a U.S. Government security clearance
VSFS eIntern duties and responsibilities will vary according to the VSFS projects created by employees. VSFS projects may be research based, contributing to reports on issues such as human rights, economics or the environment. They may also be more technology oriented, such as working on web pages, or helping produce electronic journals. Students are expected to work virtually on an average of 5-10 hours per week on VSFS eInternship projects. Most work and projects are internet-based.
Some of this year’s VSFS projects include:
* Identifying and developing relationships between U.S. students and educational institutions and counterparts in Peshawar
* Conducting commercial research and promoting U.S. exports to Australia in support of the President’s National Export Initiative (NEI)
* Establishing a social media platform to assist Diaspora Sierra Leoneans in the U.S. to network and support academic, economic, and social development in Sierra Leone
* Creating and designing a branded look for U.S. Embassy London’s social media platforms
* Developing and implementing a web and social media marketing plan to support volunteer tourism citizen diplomacy activities in conjunction with Egyptian tour operators, NGOs and government partners
* Creating and coordinating a virtual guest lecture series on conflict resolution in American history, where guest lecturers will participate via DVC with American Studies students in Azerbaijan
* Providing research support, collecting data, maintaining databases, and expanding the web presence for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance
Students who are interested in following or contributing to these and other projects can view the projects and learn more at: www.state.gov/vsfs and http://www.facebook.com/usdos.vsfs. VSFS eInternship applications for the 2011-2012 program are available on www.usajobs.gov from July 2-20, 2011. Here is the direct link to the on-line application: VSFS e-Intern Application.
from: Media Note