Learn about the Virtual Student Foreign Service, an initiative launched by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to allow a rising generation of citizen diplomats to conduct digital diplomacy.
The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS), announced by Secretary Clinton at the 2009 New York University commencement speech, 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.
Over the summer, the U.S. Department of State partnered 37 U.S. diplomatic missions and associated projects with 44 current or former interns who are now students attending universities throughout the United States. The VSFS projects these diplomatic missions and students will be working on in 2009-2010 include assisting in the development of the Iraq National Museum website; helping to teach the English language and American culture through social media outreach; environmental and conservation curriculum planning; and researching and promoting gender equality.
Students who are interested in following or contributing to these and other projects can join the Virtual Student Foreign Service Facebook community.
By combining the talents of young people across America and the right technology, we can forge the solutions that our century demands.