U.S. College Students Can Apply Now for U.S. Department of State Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternships

from: Media Note
Washington, DC
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.
KEY REQUIREMENTS:
* 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.

Intern at the Australian Embassy in DC this Autumn!

Australian Education International (AEI) North America is currently seeking a policy intern to begin in August through November 2011 to work on a full-time basis (37.5 hours per week). The intern will be provided with a stipend of $500 per month.
AEI is the international arm of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and has an office at the Embassy of Australia, Washington, DC, and works with American and Canadian education institutions, policy-makers and governments to strengthen the bilateral relationship.
The intern will assist with researching, monitoring, and reporting on US and Canadian education policy, attend and report on education events, and assist the policy manager with supplemental duties as requested.
The successful candidate will:
· Have completed at least two years of college
· Possess strong written and verbal communication skills
· Have strong research and analytical skills
· Have the ability to work independently and in a team
· Have a personal interest in the fields of education policy and/or international relations.
Applications are due by Wednesday, 29 June 2011.
To apply, please visit the AEI website:http://www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/AEI_Policy_Internship_May_2010.html

Internship Opportunity with the U.S. Department of State

Have you ever thought about a career working for the U.S. Government? If so, you should consider applying to a U.S. Department of State internship!
The U.S. Department of State offers a variety internships paid and unpaid, both at home and abroad. Applications for Summer 2011 are being accepted until November 3, 2010.
Students are eligible if they meet the following criteria:

  • Are a U.S. citizen
  • Are currently enrolled in a degree program
  • Are of Junior, Senior, or Graduate-level status

Both full-time and part-time students are eligible to apply.
For more information and to apply, please visit the U.S. Department of State website: http://careers.state.gov/students/programs.html#SIP

Critical Language Scholarship Meeting -Friday, September 24, 2010 at 2pm

Interested in studying abroad this summer? The National Scholarship Office will be hosting Mr. Michael Halvach from the Critical Language Scholarship program, on Friday, September 24th, 2010 at the Honors College (701 W. Grace Street) in room 1303 at 2pm.
The CLS program is part of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI), a U.S. government interagency effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages.
CLS provides full summer (eight to ten weeks) funding for beginning, intermediate and advanced study of Arabic, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Chinese, Korean, Persian, and Russian. All CLS programs are held in countries where the language is spoken and many involve home stays in addition to intensive classroom instruction.  Some programs offer only intermediate and advanced training and some are open only to graduate students and graduating seniors.  Check the CLS website for specific details. For more information on CLS visit http://www.clscholarship.org/.