The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) is a nine-month, unpaid eInternship. VSFS virtually connects U.S. citizen college students with agencies across the federal government and U.S. diplomatic posts overseas to engage in digital diplomacy. This year’s projects can be found at: http://vsfs.state.gov/projects. Because these eInternships are virtual, students can have a flexible virtual work schedule during the academic year, allowing both academic and eInternship goals to be met.Learn more about this agency
The State Department is looking to American college students to help the U.S. Government across every aspect of its unclassified efforts. VSFS eInterns will increase the digital capacity of those federal agencies participating, whether technically, artistically or via increased communication. eInterns will have the opportunity to connect with each other and work collaboratively with eInterns across the country.
The Department of State and the Bureau of Information Resource Management's Office of eDiplomacy encourage college and graduate students from all majors and backgrounds to apply to the VSFS eInternship program.
VSFS eIntern duties and responsibilities will vary according to the location and needs of each office and VSFS project. 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 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:
- Building a platform for host country and American students to exchange their ideas, experience, and knowledge about environmental advocacy
- 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
- Data analysis and visualization to argue the benefits of a policy change
Who May Apply
This job is open to…You must be a U.S. citizen and a college or graduate student.
This year’s list of projects can be found at: http://vsfs.state.gov/projects. For questions about the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship program, please visit http://vsfs.state.gov.
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Conditions Of Employment
- A U.S. citizen
- In student status at an institute of higher education
- VSFS eInterns will not need to obtain a U.S. Government security clearance
IMPORTANT: You are eligible to apply for the Department's Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternship program if you will be enrolled as a half or full-time student (as defined in the Education Qualifications section above.) If selected for a VSFS eInternship, you must provide proof that you have registered, or have been accepted for enrollment.
QualificationsYou must meet the requirements and submit the application on time. You should write a dynamite statement of interest which will be seen by all three project supervisors. Make sure to confirm through this site that you have successfully submitted your application through USAJobs.gov. You should receive a confirmation email. The project supervisors will evaluate your application further based on their needs and your skills to make the final decision.
An applicant must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- In student status at an institute of higher education
VSFS eInternships are done virtually. Students must have access to the internet.
Virtual Student Foreign Service eInterns are unpaid and not Federal government employees. They are not entitled to any employee benefits. To repeat, there are no employee benefits associated with the VSFS eInternship position. Applying course credit for participating in a VSFS eInternship must be determined by the student and the academic institution.
NOTE: There is NO travel associated with, nor required for, this position. Work will be completed by VSFS eInterns from the location of their choice and in the outfit of their choice.
It is the policy of the Federal Government to treat all of its employees and volunteers with dignity and respect and to provide a workplace that is free from discrimination whether that discrimination is based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity or pregnancy), national origin, disability, political affiliation, marital status, membership in an employee organization, age, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors.
How You Will Be Evaluated
The Interview Process
If a supervisor is considering you as a candidate, you might be interviewed. Project supervisors will determine the extent to which an applicant's education, experience, and background indicates that he/she possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for the specific VSFS eInternship.
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Background checks and security clearance
In addition to using the USAJobs resume builder and completing the online application, which includes a Statement of Interest, all applicants must also provide their transcript. Both official and unofficial transcripts are acceptable as part of the application process. You must electronically submit your transcript by uploading it through USAJobs. You will be prompted to do so. If your transcript does not yet reflect your grades from either the current or most recent semester, you may still submit that transcript. If you are a first-year student and do not have a transcript, please submit a copy of your most recent course schedule to verify enrollment. If you are a first year graduate student, you must submit a copy of your most recent undergraduate transcript. Your application will not be considered if you fail to include your transcript in your application. Don’t fret about your grades; the most important part of your application is the Statement of Interest.
Recommendation letters should not be attached.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
Don’t wait until the last minute! Applications must be submitted electronically through the "Gateway to State" system. To begin the application process, please click on the "Apply Online" button to the right. As part of the application process, you will need to pick your top three projects from the list of offerings: http://vsfs.state.gov/projects
You have until 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the application process. This includes submitting your online application as well as any required documents as defined in the Required Documents section.
IMPORTANT : Applicants must upload their required documents through USAJobs.
Agency contact information
AddressU.S. Department of State
2025 E Street, N.W.
Washington, District of Columbia 20520
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The VSFS team (firstname.lastname@example.org) will confirm that you have successfully submitted your application by early August. August is interview month so double check your contact info for that period. Also, make sure to periodically check your spam folder in case our email doesn’t make it to you. All offers will go out by mid-September.
Fair & Transparent
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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/471416100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.