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From Diane Crow, Senior Advisor, Office of International Visitors, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) will be marking its 80th anniversary in December 2020 and the Office of International Visitors (OIV) is looking forward to this important milestone.  The yearlong celebration will highlight the accomplishments and lasting legacy of the IVLP.  We will be soliciting nominees from the entire network for our “FACES of EXCHANGE” initiative.

Official Virtual Student Federal Service intern positions are restricted to individuals enrolled in college and this can be a great asset on their resume.  If youth diplomats are high school students they can still apply—but not through the official VSFS program (see option 2 below).

The job description for the Faces of Exchange Content Creator is outlined later in this message and will be available soon on USAJobs for any youth diplomat qualified to apply under the Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) program.

OPTION 1 – an official VIRTUAL STUDENT FEDERAL SERVICE (VSFS) if:

  • they are a U.S. Citizen
  • enrolled as a student in a college-level or above degree or certificate program (including students who will be attending college this fall).  The Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) is an eight-month remote internship program for U.S. citizen students, college-level and above, who would like to make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government.  See option 1 details for application information for the official VSFS through USAJobs. 

 DETAILS VIRTUAL STUDENT FEDERAL SERVICE (VSFS) use the hyperlink for additional VSFS details

Since 2009, thousands of eInterns have expanded the efforts of the U.S. government, working remotely from their school, dorm room, apartment, local library or coffee shop – wherever they happen to be!  Virtual interns work only on unclassified projects.  They report to their supervisors at the Department of State.  eInternships run from September through May of each year and students contribute ten hours of work a week on their projects.  VSFS eInternships are not paid.  VSFS eInterns are not federal government employees, so they do not receive employee benefits.  However, VSFS eInterns can gain invaluable work experience through their remote internships and learn more about the federal government.

The VSFS vacancy announcement is open July 1 – 31 on the USAJOBS.gov website.  During that time, students may find the listing by searching for “VSFS” or “Virtual Student Federal Service” on USAJOBS.  Students may apply to up to three projects, but our project is called: IVLP 80 Faces of Exchange Content Creator

Applicants will be required to fill out the entire online USAJOBS application including:

  • A resume using the USAJOBS resume builder
  • a copy of an official or unofficial transcript (other documentation accepted if applicant is a first year college or graduate student)
  • a statement of interest

    TIMELINE

  • Apply between July 1-31, 2019
  • Project supervisors begin reviewing applications in August.
  • Selections are due by August 31 and students will be notified of selection during the month of August.
  • Selected students begin their projects during the first two weeks of September.
  • Faces of Exchange will kick off in January 2020

Many students have successfully negotiated course credit agreements with their schools.  It is up to individual institutions of higher learning to determine whether or not to grant course credit for VSFS internships.

NOTE: VSFS participation does not constitute official employment with the federal government. A VSFS eIntern awarded a Boren fellowship, for instance, does not need an official letter confirming his/her non-affiliation with the U.S. Government.

Students should credit their work as being done as part of the VSFS program for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of International Visitors in their online portfolio.

OPTION 2 – IVLP 80 Faces of Exchange Content Creator

This option is for high school students in your community who do not qualify for the official VSFS.  These individuals will not be part of the official Virtual Student Federal Service, but will perform the same duties and have the same benefits (listed above).  This is an unpaid virtual internship.  To apply for the IVLP 80 Faces of Exchange Content Creator position, have your youth diplomat (under 28 years of age) complete this google form prior to the deadline of July 31, 2019.  This is a wonderful way to engage your high-school community in the IVLP 80th celebration.

TIMELINE

  • Apply between June 1- July 31, 2019
  • Project supervisors begin reviewing applications in August.
  • Selections are due by August 31 so students will be notified of selection during the month of August.
  • Selected students begin their projects during the first two weeks of September.
  • Faces of Exchange will kick off in January 2020

–virtual intern position description 

IVLP 80 Faces of Exchange Content Creator

 

Project Summary: 

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) will be marking its 80th anniversary in December 2020 and the Office of International Visitors (OIV) is looking forward to a yearlong celebration highlighting the accomplishments and lasting legacy of the IVLP.   

As a content creator for the Faces of Exchange initiative, you will be a key component of the celebration.  The OIV will identify adiverse group of 80 notable IVLP alumni (similar to the Time 100 list) who have had a multiplier effect in their home country, based on their IVLP participation, and who participated in an IVLP program that began prior to December 31, 2017.  These alumni will be from all regions and varied professions and backgrounds. 

An interactive webpage will serve as the main platform for these highlights, including an interactive U.S. map with the 80 alumni stories.  The information on the interactive webpage will become the basis for articles, op-eds, awareness building campaigns, and more.

As a content creator, you will connect with selected alumni participant(s) and determine the best way to highlight the impact IVLP had on their life.  You will be required to:

  • Communicate with influential leaders around the world.
  • Provide assistance in the anniversary social media strategy and outreach campaign for the Faces of Exchange.
  • Develop interview questions designed to creatively highlight the IVLP impact
  • Propose a communications strategy for the selected individual to effectively highlight their individual impact. 
  • Develop and refine visual and contextual content to engage domestic and foreign audiences, especially youth. 
  • Draft social media content, such as designing infographics, developing videos, writing articles, and/or other visual materials, and monitor an online network of hundreds of program stakeholders (including, but not limited to, U.S. embassies abroad and local community-based organizations across the United States).
  • Propose content for production of a video that will be featured at the January 2020 National Meeting.
  • Monitor multiple platforms for trending topics and cross-pollination of platforms.
  • Scan relevant accounts for information relevant to the IVLP anniversary and its impact.

Topic Areas:

  • Cultural diplomacy
  • Digital Diplomacy
  • Digital Media
  • Foreign Policy
  • Infographic design
  • Social media management
  • Strategic Communications
  • Storytelling/blogging/vlogging
  • Research
  • Writing/Editing/proofreading
  • Videography

Specific knowledge or skills required: 

  • Strong writing skills
  • Experience with a variety of social media platforms and applications, especially Facebook and Twitter
  • Some design and videography skills (Adobe Suite or online design applications) preferred
  • An interest in international exchanges

Comments:

This internship is in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).  The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) brings current and emerging leaders from around the world to the United States for intensive three-week exchanges.  Each year, approximately 5,000 participants on over 600 projects focus on thematic topics including U.S. foreign policy, renewable energy, conflict resolution, investigative journalism, volunteerism, rule of law, and more. 

Join us in the “IVLP 80 Faces of Exchange” and together we will make 2020 an unforgettable IVLP anniversary year! 

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