Inside the remote student internship program solving government problems
Even students are teleworking for the U.S. government, through a State Department-led internship program where students can create data visualizations for embassies around the world, or design apps for the General Services Administration — all from their dorm rooms. This year the program — called the Virtual Student Foreign Service — is helping to coordinate remote internships for more than 30 agencies. Agencies are using interns, who will usually work 10 hours a week, from all over the U.S. to complete projects for them over the span of an academic year. FedScoop sat down with two people instrumental in making the Virtual Student Foreign Service run, and spoke with two former virtual interns, to talk about how the program has grown over the years, what has been accomplished through the initiative so far and just how strange is it really to never meet up in person.