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Virtual Student Federal Service Now Accepting Applications

The U.S. Department of State is currently accepting applications for the Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS).

The Virtual Student Federal Service is the largest virtual internship program in the world! This year we will offer 2,200 positions with 50 federal agencies. VSFS offers unique mentoring and exposure to job opportunities within the U.S. government.

Each year, applications are open to U.S. college students during the entire month of July on USAJOBS. Real experience is waiting for students across the federal government, including at NASA, Smithsonian, U.S. Department of State, Forest Service, Indian Health Service, CIA, National Park Service and others. Learn more about the projects offered for 2020 through 2021. To #ApplyinJuly to their top three projects, students must log on to USAJOBS, create an account, build a resume, write a statement of interest, and upload a transcript. For more information about how to apply, click here.

There’s something for everyone: graphic design, research, mapping, videography, history, analysis, marketing, community management, writing, calculation, policy planning, app development, and more!

Virtual interns should expect to spend ten hours a week on their project from September through May. This is unpaid, volunteer work, but virtual interns make connections that make a difference, gain valuable experience, and sometimes receive course credit. All applicants must be U.S. citizens in student status at a university in the U.S. or abroad. VSFS is open to undergrad through Ph.D candidates taking classes full or part-time, in-person or online, for certificate or degree programs.

Atlantic Council offers several fall internships

As you evaluate your fall plans, I thought these might be tempting. The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community’s central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. Through the papers we write, the ideas we generate, and the communities we build, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.

Check in Handshake here to learn about the following opportunities:

  • Communications
  • Africa Center
  • Transatlantic Security
  • Asia Security
  • Forward Defense

Pride + Work: #MonsterGrads Virtual Career Panel

When it comes to getting your first job out of school, finding the right fit should be just as important as finding employment.

For many, that means working for an organization that values an inclusive and diverse workplace culture. In this fantastic panel facilitated by our friends at Monster.com, we hear from LGBTQ+ professionals from some of the country’s leading companies, who discuss the importance of finding a company that values your identity as much as your work. Watch to learn how to network with fellow LGBTQ individuals, get tips on coming out at work, find a company with mental health resources in the workplace, and learn about the importance of finding a mentor.

We know there are unique challenges facing the class of 2020 in the job market, and we hope this webinar can provide the information you need to help you find a job that fits you. We encourage all students to view this excellent panel presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXqrKeX2scI

Featured Speakers:

  • Brianna Boles, Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager, Adobe
  • Kay Martinez, Assoc. Director, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Jarvis Sam, Sr. Director, Talent Sourcing, Diversity Recruiting & Experience COE, Nike
  • Tom Bourdon, Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Staples

Workshop Sponsor:

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US State Department Info Session on June 25

The U.S. Department of State represents U.S. interests around the world. The Department’s employees, with their skills, character, and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America’s diplomacy.  To introduce students to the world of U.S. diplomacy, the Department offers numerous student internships and fellowship programs.  

Diplomat in Residence for the Northwest Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm, along with Diplomat in Residence for New England Phil Beekman and Diplomat in Residence for the North Central Lou Fintor, will talk with students at the 39 schools within the Liberal Arts Career Network about the internship and fellowship programs, with an eye toward preparing students for the applications, which are due in September.

Thursday, June 25 at 4 pm. Click HERE to register and get the Zoom link.

Jobs in international security and cooperation

Check out this list of great opportunities, provided by the organization 80,000 Hours.

“There’s a mix of 15 roles highlighted below, but you can use our filters to explore 486 of them on our site:


This update includes new opportunities across most of our problem areas, but we added a particularly wide range of international security & cooperation vacancies.

Many of those roles can provide valuable career capital for people who’d ultimately like to work on AI policy, biosecurity & pandemic preparedness, or nuclear security — so you should also take a look if you’re considering a career in any of those areas.”
A few new job board highlights:
1. Help a former NATO leader investigate US-Russia nuclear disarmament treaties Research Assistant, Strategic Arms Reduction Talks with Russia, Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation San Francisco Bay area More details…
2. Automate pledging and giving for philanthropic tech startup founders
Tech Director, Founders Pledge, London, UK More details…
3. Build a new publication covering the policy implications of new technologies   Managing Editor, AI and Emerging Technologies
Brookings Institution Washington, DC More details…
4. Source and screen new investments for both social impact and business potential   Senior Associate, Ventures Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
San Francisco Bay area More details…
5. Try out lobbying for animal welfare in DC, as part of an internship for a major animal welfare organisation. Legislative Intern, Federal Affairs
Humane Society Legislative Fund Washington, DC More details…
6. Help UHNW Individuals maximise the impact of their philanthropy
Events and Operations Manager Effective Giving UK London, UK
More details…
7. Lead and grow a major academic research centre focused on philanthropy and social change Executive Director
Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society San Francisco Bay area
More details…
8. Assist research projects on China and North Korea relations at a conflict prevention institute   Research Assistant, China and North Korea
US Institute for Peace Washington, DC More details…
9. Build data systems that help with planning and forecasting, as an intern at a development non-profit Intern, Data and Operations
IDinsight Remote More details…
10. Study how people can best set goals for themselves, using both computational modelling and behavioural experiments   Student Assistant, Rationality Enhancement Experiments Max Planck Society, Institute for Intelligent Systems Tübingen, Germany More details…
11. Handle media relations for an EU animal welfare lobbying group in Brussels   Officer, Communications Eurogroup for Animals
Brussels, Belgium More details…
12. Look into the impact of emerging biological and digital technologies for a former Secretary of Defense   Research Assistant to former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs The Boston metro area More details…
13. Help a major foundation look into new focus areas like ‘responsible AI’ and ‘digital transformation’   Program Associate, Communications, Influence, and New Frontiers Innovation Rockefeller Foundation
New York, NY More details…
14. Manage several engineers using probabilistic programming and human prediction platforms to build an advanced forecasting system   Engineering Manager Ought San Francisco Bay area
More details…
15. Be responsible for all of the technology GiveDirectly uses to raise donations that fund cash transfers to extremely poor families
Director, Product GiveDirectly New York, NY
More details…
80,000 Hours is a non-profit that provides research and support to help people switch into careers that effectively tackle the world’s most pressing problems.

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Public Interest Technology Weekend Conference – apply now

Public Interest Technology (PIT) is a rapidly growing and essentially important field where technology and public policy overlap. Carnegie Mellon University has been a leader in this space for over 50 years, promoting the use of technology to advance the public interest.

Our 2020 Public Service Weekend virtual conference will highlight the rising prominence of PIT and bring together a diverse group of practitioners from across the field—including policymakers, technologists, designers, and leaders—to develop innovative solutions to pressing issues in public policy and equity. This interactive weekend will introduce undergraduate students from a variety of backgrounds to careers and opportunities for graduate-level education in PIT.

  • Rising college juniors and seniors interested in public policy, public interest technology, policy analytics, and related fields, who are strongly considering graduate education and/or careers in these fields.
  • Students can apply from ANY undergraduate major, including political science, government, the liberal arts, fine arts, and STEM fields. Successful applicants will share a passion for solving complex problems and working together with others from a diversity of fields, backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Preference will be given to students representing underserved communities from across the United States and/or working towards equity issues.

Read more and apply here: https://www.heinz.cmu.edu/events/public-service-weekend-2020

JOB: New England Fellow with Our Climate. Apply now

Our Climate’s New England Fellowship supports young people who are are committed to building an unstoppable youth climate movement in the northeast US, especially Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island. During this year-long, mission-driven intensive, fellows will develop and apply key advocacy skills such as organizing their peers, rallying public support, and engaging directly with elected officials to advocate for science-based, equitable climate policy at the state level and pave the way for our ultimate goal—a truly achievable, equitable and sustainable Green New Deal.

New England Fellows will work collaboratively with each other, the New England Field Coordinator, and other student leaders to design and execute projects that advance science-based, equitable climate policy at the state level. Fellows will spend 7-10 hours a week on these projects and the trainings that support them. Our Climate Fellows’ most common tactics include:

  • Lobbying key legislators by phone, letter, and in person;
  • Identifying, aligning with, and supporting coalition members and allies;
  • Writing and publishing media, including letters to the editor, op-eds, and social media;
  • Organizing informational, community-building, or lobbying events (lobby days, house parties, panels/forums, etc.);
  • Identifying and securing opportunities to attend, table, or speak at community events;
  • Participating in phone banks, door-to-door or street canvassing, and other list-building activities; 
  • Using art, especially Climate Mosaics, to inspire and welcome new people into the movement; and
  • Coaching other student leaders to do the same. 

See the full details and apply in Handshake here.