Apply for the Virtual Student Foreign Service July 2-20, 2013!
VSFS is the U.S. Department of State’s virtual eInternship program for U.S. citizen college students to apply to contribute to the work carried out by the State Department, U.S. Agency for International development, Broadcasting Board of Governors, and the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture. By committing ten hours per week from September through April, selected eInterns will play an important role in advancing the federal government’s reach in diplomacy, development, journalism, trade, and agriculture initiatives.
This year we have 276 available projects http://www.state.gov/vsfs/209292.htm to work on. Last year, the 2012-2013 eInternship class consisted of 343 students from all regions studying a variety of majors who worked on projects focused on research, social media, website design, data visualization, reporting, teaching, and a plethora of other areas. Interested undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students can apply to up to three new positions July 2-20, 2013 on USAJobs https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/346609800. Available positions are posted on state.gov/vsfs/209292.htm. Interviews will be conducted in August and students will be notified in early September if there is a match. Security clearances are not required.
The seven USDA projects at Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) offices at U.S. diplomatic posts available this year include (with project tag listed):
o Provide market analysis and contribute to public diplomacy in China, the #1 buyer of U.S. agricultural products (valued at $26 billion) (TAG 14)
· San Jose
o Identify potential exporters interested in Costa Rica and Central America (TAG 23)
· Mexico City
o Follow-up with U.S. companies after their participation in U.S. pavilions at USDA-sponsored trade shows in Mexico (TAG 55)
o Write and publish reports analyzing the affect of Mexico’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on U.S. alcoholic beverages exports and U.S. processed products exports (TAG 56)
o Write and publish reports analyzing the affect of Mexico’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on U.S. meats and dairy exports (TAG 57)
o Write and publish reports analyzing the affect of Mexico’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on U.S. fruit and vegetable exports, and U.S. grains export (TAG 58)
o Promote the image of U.S. agriculture by highlighting its diversity and quality captured in various media to be used in outreach activities (TAG 79)
Selected eInterns will be invited to join a closed online community and will receive recognition for successfully completing an eInternship from the State Department.