Are you yearning to get some hands-on experience learning about how federal agencies operate, but can’t make it to Washington, D.C., for an internship? Federal Student Aid (FSA), a principal office of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), is teaming up with the Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) to harness technology and to engage students who are interested in careers in postsecondary education but can’t make it to Washington.
VSFS is a virtual e-Internship program housed in the Department of State that matches student interns with federal agencies to complete projects virtually from college and university campuses in the United States and throughout the world.
This year, VSFS has 276 projects available, and student interns are asked to commit 10 hours per week from September through April. Past e-interns have worked on projects focused on research, social media, website design, data visualization, reporting, teaching, and a plethora of other areas.
Applications for the 2013-2014 VSFS e-Internship program will be accepted until July 22, 2013 on USAJobs. Interested U.S. citizen undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate students are encouraged to apply to make a real difference – virtually – during the 2013 – 2014 academic year. As part of the application package, students must submit an official or unofficial transcript, a statement of interest, and a resume.
ED will screen all applicants who successfully meet the criteria and have selected an ED-posted project as on their top three choices. Selected interns will be subject to ED’s standard student volunteer and recruitment and onboarding procedures. U.S. citizen students studying abroad or attending foreign universities are welcome to apply.
If you have questions about ED-posted projects, please e-mail VirtualIntern@ed.gov.
Nicholas Owen is a management and program analyst in the Immediate Office of the Chief Operating Office at Federal Student Aid