Are you interested in an internship with the U.S. Department of State, but don't have the financial resources or time to travel to Washington, D.C. or one of the diplomatic posts overseas?  An excellent option for interested students is a virtual internship with the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS). The VSFS program is the State Department’s virtual eInternship program for U.S. college and graduate students, which is administered by the Bureau of Information Resource Management’s Office of eDiplomacy. The VSFS harnesses technology and a commitment to global service among young people to facilitate new forms of diplomatic engagement.  Virtual eInternships involve work that is done entirely remotely and through a computer.  VSFS eIntern duties and responsibilities will vary depending on the needs of the federal agency office or U.S. diplomatic post overseas and the types of VSFS projects identified. VSFS projects may involve research, contributing to reports on issues such as human rights, economics, or the environment.  Virtual interns apply to work on one of 300+ projects that have been requested by Foreign Service Officers who are posted overseas or are working in Washington.
The application window for the 2015-16 VSFS eInternship Program will be July 2-22, 2015. You can get ready now to become an eIntern!
Last year, 11 agencies participated including the State Department, USAID, the Smithsonian, NASA, EPA and Education.
The time commitment will depend on the schedule to which the student and supervisor agree to at the start of the eInternship. The time commitment range per week from September through May is on average ten hours, however this could increase or decrease.  Although this is unpaid, volunteer work, VSFS eInternships provide the opportunity to make a difference, connect with U.S. diplomats, and gain valuable experience. Depending on the nature of the internship project, and the student’s own college or university, an eInternship may qualify for course credit.
All applicants must be U.S. citizens, and enrolled in at least one university-level, on-site course being taught in the U.S. or abroad.