A friend and former colleague, Geoff Hatchard, recommended that I send this your way. I am a GIS Business Analyst for the US State Department, with a team that advocates for, and creates, geospatial tools for the organization, with an emphasis on open source technology and open data. Predominantly, this is to communicate information internally and externally for more informed decision making. It is an exciting team to work with, and while only a few months old, is seeing success and operates within a larger office (eDiplomacy)that has a made great changes within the State Department. In fact, this office created the internship program that I would like to bring to your attention.
My team, specifically, is looking for applicants interested and experienced in geospatial technology, web development, international development, and user interfaces. I highly recommend that you have any perspective applicants contact me with any questions. Also, for anyone that does apply, they should drop me a note so I can be on the lookout for their applications.
The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) is a unique opportunity allowing U.S. citizen college students to engage in citizen diplomacy through virtual internships (eInternships) with the State Department and other U.S. Government federal agencies. VSFS enables students to work remotely to support the work of the USA around the world. Applications accepted July 2-20, 2013, for 276 interesting projects with the State Department and many other agencies. Students should go to usajobs.gov during this brief window to apply.
The VSFS program has seen enormous growth since it was first announced in May 2009. This year, for the first time, students will choose from projects with the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Foreign Commercial Service (FCS), and Broadcasting Board of Governor’s (BBG) in addition to the Smithsonian Institution, Department of the Interior, and the Department of Education.
VSFS relies on every skill and area of study, from research and drafting to coding, graphic design, video creation and editing, statistical analysis, mapping, and social media outreach. This internship does not require travel, or any financial burden. eInternships last nine months, and typically require ten hours of work per week. U.S. citizen college students interested in applying for a VSFS eInternship position for Fall 2013 through Spring 2014 may apply on USAJobs starting July 2 and ending on July 20 at midnight EDT. Students can learn more about the program at our state.gov site and through Facebook. Applicants can apply to up to three projects of interest and can view available projects here starting July 1 at 5 PM EDT.
Questions? Email VSFS@state.gov.
GIS Business Analyst
U.S. Department of State
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