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Create and Seize Opportunity Through the Virtual Student Foreign Service
By Eliza Chang

This summer (my last before starting my senior year of college) I have had the incredible privilege of living in the nation’s capital, working to launch the Resilient Entrepreneurial and Dynamic Youth (READY) Initiative -- a program that is part of the Spark Global Entrepreneurship Initiative.

The READY Initiative will teach computer programming to at-risk youth around the world and equip them with the entrepreneurial skills to recognize and seize opportunities for success.  When I think of the goals of the READY Initiative, I am reminded of how I was also able to seize a few key opportunities that led me to this inspiring summer experience working for the U.S. Department of State.

The most rewarding component of my journey has been my participation in the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) program.  This past school year, I was officially connected to the READY initiative through VSFS, an innovative program in which students apply for part time e-internships with federal government agencies.

As a VSFS intern, I was responsible for developing a network of mentors and teaching assistants --  made up of computer science students from U.S. colleges and universities --  for the at-risk youth who are involved in the READY Initiative. Throughout the year, I maintained regular electronic communication with the State Department to discuss relevant program developments and updates. And as the year went on, my role in the project developed.  I began working with an experienced group of students from Harvard's Graduate School of Education on the development of the READY curriculum.  During that process, I stumbled into the unfamiliar territory of graphic design. To my surprise, I excelled in this area and was able to develop logo concepts and print material for the READY Initiative launch.

When the time came for me to decide how I would spend my summer, I knew that I wanted to be nowhere else other than Washington, D.C.  -- to finally work with Vanessa Beary, the Franklin Fellow who is spearheading the READY initiative in–person -- and to fully experience working on a government project.

My VSFS e-internship positioned me to fully engage with the READY Initiative this summer. Without my initial connection to the Department of State through the VSFS program, I would not have had this great opportunity. My vibrant and enriching experience came together because a network of supporters provided me a series of incredible opportunities. I was able to receive support from the Harvard Institute of Politics to fund my time in Washington. In addition, in-kind support from 1776 has been crucial in providing a lively and exciting location to work.

As a result, I have seen facets of government that I had never seen before. I have also been able to meet many diplomats and civil servants who work at the State Department, who have exposed me to various career paths available to U.S. citizens. My interaction with the people who are driving the innovative programs of the U.S. Department of State quickly demystified my concept of government.

My story is only a snapshot of the collaborative and innovative ways that many other VSFS e-interns are contributing to the work of the Department of State -- and to other federal agencies -- every single day.

Are you interested in a similar experience? The State Department will begin accepting applications for the for the 2015 – 2016 VSFS eInternship program today, July 2nd.  This year there are more projects than ever to choose from.  And for the first time, fifteen government agencies are participating. No matter your background or expertise -- whether an aspiring diplomat, a graphic designer, a software engineer, or a scientist -- VSFS offers a range of projects that might interest you. Each VSFS project varies in scope and offers a broad range of difficult and rewarding experiences. The application deadline is July 22nd. Be sure to get your application in today!

Learn more: http://go.usa.gov/3we3y
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Catherine Russell, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues relates eight must-read stories from the ‪#‎HumanRights‬ reports that call out for more voices to stand up and declare that atrocities committed against girls and women cannot be tolerated. http://go.usa.gov/3w9PW
The reports show that we have a long way to go before the human rights of women and girls everywhere are protected. More voices are needed to stand up and declare that atrocities committed against girls and women -- indeed, against anyone -- cannot be tolerated.
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Today at 10:45am EDT: Join us for a Facebook Q&A with Deputy Secretary Blinken before his trip to #Nigeria  and #Niger. Submit your questions now on our Facebook page here --> https://goo.gl/3cHxwY
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On July 4, 2015, we celebrate the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of the United States. Check out how we're commemorating our Independence Day around the world, and enjoy a happy and safe #4thofJulyhttp://go.usa.gov/3wPJP
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Yesterday, President Obama provided an update on our mission to degrade and ultimately destroy #ISIL. "ISIL’s recent losses in both Syria and Iraq prove that ISIL can and will be defeated," the President has said.
"We’re going to work day and night with allies and partners to disrupt terrorist networks and thwart attacks, and to smother nascent ISIL cells that may be trying to develop in other parts of the world."
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Just released! New fact sheet on re-establishment of diplomatic relations with #Cuba : http://go.usa.gov/3w7YE.

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President Obama announced the United States has agreed to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba, and re-open embassies in our respective countries -- a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people, and begin a new chapter with our neighbors in the Americas.
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"...We had our teams working very, very hard and very diligently all day in order to maximize progress. And I think it’s fair to say that both sides are working extremely hard with great sense of purpose in a good-faith effort to make progress, and we are making progress." -- Secretary of State John Kerry on #IranTalks in Vienna, Austria, July 3, 2015 | More: http://go.usa.gov/3wnaW
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Today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered remarks on the formal re-establishment of diplomatic relations with the Republic of #Cuba during a break in the Iranian nuclear negotiations in Vienna, Austria. Remarks: http://go.usa.gov/3wb5N
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