Job Title: 2014 - 2015 Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternshipJob Announcement Number: VSFS-2014-0001
Department: Department Of State
Agency: Department of State - Agency Wide
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
/ Per Year
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 to
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
Serve for a period of up to 8 months, although some projects can continue if both parties concur.
MANY vacancies -
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WHO MAY APPLY:
You must be a U.S. citizen and a college or graduate student, as defined in the Qualifications: Education section.
For questions about the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship program, please contact the Virtual Student Foreign Service program at VSFS@state.gov.
For technical assistance with this application, please contact the Help Desk at 1-866-656-6830 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Agency
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, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Foreign Commercial Service, Foreign Agriculture Service, Broadcasting Board of Governors, and other US government agency 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 and U.S. Government 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 and 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.
- 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
DUTIES:Back to top
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.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
If you meet the requirements listed in this vacancy, you have the minimum qualifications for a VSFS eInternship. However, this does not guarantee that you will be selected for a VSFS eInternship. The posts' or offices’ programs to which you apply 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
- A college student of freshmen status or higher
- A part or full-time student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university
IMPORTANT: You are eligible to apply for the Department's Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternship program if you will be enrolled as a part 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be further evaluated by the point of contact person / supervisor for each project to which students have applied. Project supervisors at U.S. diplomatic posts and domestic offices 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. Interviews may be conducted.
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BENEFITS:Back to top
VSFS eInternship work will be done virtually. Students must have access to a computer with Internet access in order to complete the assignments.
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 their dorm room, apartment on/nearby campus, at home, and at other locations to be selected by the VSFS eIntern.
It is the policy of the Federal Government to treat all of its employees 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 TO APPLY:Back to top
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.
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 may either electronically upload or fax in their required documents through USAJobs.
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 or faxing 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 mail or fax your transcripts directly to the Department of State.
Please do not send recommendation letters as a part of your application; they will not be considered.
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
You will be contacted by the VSFS program (email@example.com)
if you have been selected for and offered a VSFS eInternship position. The VSFS program will also contact students not selected. All offers will go out by mid-September.
Applicants may view the status of their USAJobs application on the Gateway to State site. CLICK HERE
and enter your login information. Click "Applications," under the "Application Status" heading select "More Information." On the following screen, you will be able to verify your application status.