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Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternships

The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS), a part of a growing effort by the State Department to harness technology and a commitment to global service among young people to facilitate new forms of diplomatic engagement, is piloting a program through the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) to offer students from Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) the opportunity to serve as virtual (eInterns) for U.S. diplomatic posts in the Americas and offices in the Western Hemisphere Affairs Bureau. Working from college and university campuses in the United States and throughout the world, eInterns (American students working virtually) are partnered with our U.S. diplomatic posts overseas and State Department domestic offices to conduct digital diplomacy that reflects the realities of our networked world. VSFS eInternships are unpaid and applications are rolling.

Applications are currently open for the VSFS eInternships. The following are qualifications for VSFS HACU eInterns:

  • Are US citizens
  • Are undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate college students at an HSI
  • Do not need a security clearance
  • Work on unclassified, non-sensitive projects
  • Intern virtually for 6-9 months
  • Commit to spending between 5-10 hours per week working on projects
  • Are paired with a Hispanic State Department Mentor

Click here to begin an application.

The program is also looking for eAdvisors. The responsibilities of eAdvisors may include:

  • Identifying social media platforms to communicate with youth
  • Hosting Web/video chats with students in country
  • Designing presentations
  • Compiling scholarship information
  • Developing handouts or online content
  • Helping organize pre-departure orientations
  • Researching informational material
  • Blogging
  • Translating documents
  • Analyzing economic trends

Download an informational flyer here.

For more information contact VSFS: www.state.gov/vsfs or VSFS@state.gov

NOTE: VSFS eInternships are unpaid internships with the U.S. Department of State