International Conversation Partner Program

Are you interested in an easy, flexible volunteer opportunity?  Would you like to learn firsthand about another culture?  Then sign up for VCU’s International Conversation Partner Program!  You’ll be paired with an international student for the Fall Semester.  You’ll meet this student once a week for at least an hour of chatting; that’s it!  There’s no preparation or tutoring expected!  You’ll arrange meetings based on your schedule and your partner’s, too, so it’s totally flexible.  If you’re interested, please complete the volunteer application form.

NCDE Offers $50 for Disability Stories on International Exchange Experiences

If you are a person with a disability and have either studied, worked or
volunteered on exchange between the US and another country, the National
Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE)
would like to hear from you!
How to Participate:
. Write a personal essay
. Share your blog
. Answer our Featured Person questionnaire
If NCDE selects your submission for the NCDE website and/or other publications,
they will send a one-time $50 stipend to your U.S. address!
Submissions must come from people with disabilities residing in the United
States, which includes people from other countries currently having an
international exchange experience in the United States.
Submissions are due by Thursday, September 1, 2011.
View NCDE’s Stories and Blogs page for
examples of submitted stories, blogs, writing tips, and complete submission
requirements. For questions or to submit a story, email:

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 and visit 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: and VSFS eInternship applications for the 2011-2012 program are available on 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:

Study Abroad This Summer in Brazil!

Program Director Márcia Fontes will be hosting an information table in the Commons for students, staff, faculty and community members who are interested in participating in this summer’s VCU faculty-led study abroad program “Portuguese Language and Culture“. Walk right up for information on the program including courses, itinerary, in-country activities and more!
Students can fulfill service learning-credit on this special program, and take their choice of 3-6 credits in the following courses:

* WRLD/INTL 203 (3 credits)
* PORT 201 (3 credits)
* PORT 391 (3 credits)

Please visit one of Márcia’s info tables for info on Brazil, fun photos and stories, and even yummy Brazilian treats!
Monday, April 4
Hibbs Hall, first floor
10:30AM to 3:30PM
Wednesday, April 6
University Commons (Indoors)
10:00AM to 1:00PM
Wednesday, April 6
University Commons (Outdoors, by entrance leading to Floyd Avenue)
1:00PM to 3:30 PM

We hope to see you there!
For more information on this and other study abroad programs, please contact VCU Education Abroad at

Event: World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond

The World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond is a nonprofit organization with a mission to educate and inform citizens of Central Virginia about the importance of international affairs and to bring them into direct contact with influential personalities in the field.
This Thursday, October 7 at the Jefferson Hotel, Dr. John Duke Anthony will present “The Changing Nature of American Interest in the Arab World: Implications for U.S. Policies.”.
Admission for most WAC events is FREE for students who call 934-9000 before the day of the event to register. You can find out more about other upcoming WAC events at