Monday, August 10, 2009

Virtual Student Foreign Service

So I signed up for the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) Internships program and waiting for my assignment. This is a brand new program announced by Secretary Clinton at the 2009 New York University commencement. This program is "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." State is still figuring out how all this will work but I think this is a great idea to use the resources of the youth who know Facebook, blogging, Twitter and all that better than anyone.. why not "harness the energy of a rising generation of citizen diplomats." I am excited to participate and will of course keep you all updated here.

"Working from college and university campuses in the United States, American students will partner with our embassies abroad to conduct digital diplomacy that reflects the realities of our networked world. By combining the talents of young people across America and the right technology, we can forge the solutions that our century demands."

You can get more info on the program here.

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