Sunday, July 5, 2015

Virtual Student Foreign Service Internship Program

The U.S. Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship program is bigger and better than ever!    Last year, 610 students were selected as eInterns.  In addition to contributing to important projects and work, eInterns are connected to each other through an online community and mentored by supervisors.
This year we have on offer more projects than ever.  And those projects represent  an even larger number of  U.S. Government agencies – 15 in total.

VSFS is a way for the American public and government employees to collaborate on projects of global importance.   Selected applicants will  volunteer up to 10 hours per week contributing to projects for an office or section from September 2015 through May 2016.   As eInterns, they will  play an important role in advancing the federal government’s reach in diplomacy, development, space, journalism, trade, environment, health, agriculture, technology, and housing initiatives. Together, we can create a more effective, efficient, and smarter government that takes advantage of an engaged and participatory citizenry. 
The more than 330 projects available this year can be found here.   Students can apply between July 2 – 22 on USAJobs to their top three projects from among those submitted by the following agencies:
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Weather Service
  • Peace Corps
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Applicants must  be U.S. citizens enrolled in university level courses in the U.S. or abroad.  Last year, we had students in programs ranging from undergraduate to PhD levels, both full and part-time, taking courses in person or online.  A resume, transcript, and statement of interest are required as part of the application process.  Interviews may be conducted in August.  eInternships are unpaid and do not require a security clearance or travel.
Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Connect on the careers.state.gov website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.
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