Job Overview

Summary

VSFS is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to gain REAL experience with the State Department, virtually.  VSFS is a virtual internship program for students to learn about and support the work of the State Department and other foreign affairs agencies.   eInterns will complete work virtually without the need to leave their academic institution. 

The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) is an academic year-long, unpaid eInternship program. VSFS virtually connects U.S. citizen college students with State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) domestic offices and U.S. diplomatic posts overseas to engage in digital diplomacy.  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.

The State Department is looking to American college students to lead the State Department in conducting digital diplomacy and engage American citizens in its diplomatic efforts. A Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternship is an opportunity to play an important role in advancing the federal government's reach in diplomacy, development, journalism, trade, and agriculture initiatives.  eInterns will act as citizen diplomats to connect with posts abroad to engage in our increasingly interconnected world.  We also envision opportunities for eInterns 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 Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternship program.

Duties

VSFS eIntern duties and responsibilities will vary according to the location and needs of each diplomatic post or domestic office and VSFS projects identified.  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:

  • Creating a forum for host country and American students to exchange their ideas, experience, and knowledge about environmental advocacy
  • Promoting student programs in the U.S. and civic engagement by using new media
  • 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

All work recognizes that VSFS eInterns do not have U.S. Government security clearances.