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Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) Opportunity for Students (Deadline 22 July 2014)

The following is an interview with Nancy Faget, Federal Librarian at the Army Research Laboratory, about the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship. More information can be found at http://www.state.gov/vsfs/ Deadline for this year is July 22nd.

For more information, please read below.

1) What is the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship? How did VSFS eInternships come about?

A few years ago, the State Department noticed that there were thousands of students volunteering to do projects. The students were quite talented and interested in contributing to State Department to convey their message around the world. Bridget Roddy now runs the VSFS program hundreds of projects available at multiple agencies. (See their video.)

From my perspective as a military librarian, I was interested in a large pool of candidates who might have language skills and interest in science research. VSFS seemed a good way to get the word out about our projects for academic credit.

There are more virtual jobs being offered in Federal government. For example: Take a look at the virtual teachers that DoD Education Activity are hiring

2) What kinds of projects have participants been responsible for? Are links to these past projects available online?

I’ve sponsored virtual internships for a number of years now by advertising them through the library schools. It was great to see that the VSFS program allowed me to advertise internships there, too.

Some projects were similar to the ones I was doing at my military library (Army Research Laboratory) like this one for the Buenos Aires embassy (“Increase awareness of U.S. initiatives in science, technology, and innovation by finding open source materials to highlight on the embassy’s Virtual Science Corner website”). It seemed like a good idea to post my project there so we’ll see who applies there and who emails me directly to apply.

A full list of projects from past students and available for future students can be found at http://www.state.gov/vsfs . Apply for one of the 2014-15 projects by July 22nd!

 3) Who is eligible for the VSFS eInternship? How do students apply?

U.S. citizens who are enrolled undergrad, grad, or post grad student can apply. Students pick the projects they want to apply to by submitting application via USAJobs.gov at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/373688600
4) Who do eInterns work with? How do they telecommute?

Each person with a project who seeks a student must define how the student will work with them. In our case, I provide access to commercial databases, web based training, collaboration via phone/email, and mentoring along the way as the work product develops. Additionally, I think it important to teach the student about Federal librarianship, help them network within the community, and promote their work.   Sometimes I have one student in a semester, sometimes more working on a project as a team. The students finished that project with a webinar and a presentation at an annual conference on their work.

5) Have former eInterns found positions in government? What kinds of opportunities can a VSFS eIntership provide?

I can speak about my former virtual interns. One University of Maryland virtual intern entered Federal government as a contractor, and now she works as a Federal employee at the NIST library. One University of Washington virtual intern works at the U.S. GPO.   One former VSFS student is coming to work for me in a few weeks in our new Library Fellows program. It looks great on a resume when you have completed a project for a Federal agency.

The student projects have provided great benefit to our library. One student project resulted in our getting an additional $187,000 in funding. One student project resulted in a better engagement strategy when our scientists met with the Italian delegation. If anyone wants to speak with me or a former intern, just email me at nancy.g.faget.civ@mail.mil.

6) Is there any advice that you would give to someone applying for the VSFS eInternship, in terms of applying to be an eIntern and in terms of having a successful internship?

You’ll have to be a self-starter to be successful in a virtual internship. It’s an opportunity to help solve real world problems, so take it seriously. Have faith that the work you do enhances your resumes, increases your experiences, and helps the Federal government. All that while earning credit? What an opportunity!

If you were approaching someone to offer you a virtual internship (and yes, you can suggest one to a military librarian), please do so early enough that the paperwork can be properly filed with your school so that you do earn academic credit. All of the VSFS State Department opportunities can allow you to earn academic credit, so ASK. You are a professional working on behalf of the Federal government, so put your best foot forward.

You’re proactive, or you wouldn’t apply for such a program. Network, learn, and leverage the opportunity as much as you can.

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Career Workshop on Information Consulting as a Career

The Philadelphia Chapter has an upcoming program that is available as an onsite and virtual program.

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Onsite:

Career Workshop on Information Consulting as a Career

When: Wednesday, July 30,2014 from 5: 30 -7:30pm Where: General Electric (GE) Betz facility: 4636 Somerton Road, Trevose, PA 19053 The SLA Philadelphia and Princeton-Trenton chapters will be hosting a Career Workshop on starting an information consulting business. This will be an onsite program with webcasting option. We will have 3 panelists discussing “Career Workshop: Information Consulting as a Career.” There will be time for networking and light refreshments before the presentation. For more information and to register click here

 Virtual only:

Webcast: Career Workshop on Information Consulting as a Career

Here is an opportunity to participate in a live webcast, “Information Consulting as a Career.”  It will take place on Wednesday, July 30,2014 from 6:00-7:30pm Eastern.

For more information and to register click here and then as a Webcast participant select “Webcast” from the Membership status drop down menu.

Access information to the webinar will be given to the registrant via email.

Marrette Pearsall

SLA Philadelphia, President-elect and programming chair

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USGS Webinar: Using The National Map Services to Enable your Web and Mobile Mapping Efforts

USGS Webinar: Using The National Map Services to Enable your Web and Mobile Mapping Efforts

30 April 2014

Are you a developer, firm, or organization using mobile or web applications to enable your users? The USGS has publicly available geospatial services and data to help you!

The USGS’ National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) will be hosting a 30 minute Webinar on “Using The National Map services to enable your web and mobile mapping efforts” on the 30th of April at 9am Mountain Time.

Original announcement:

http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3870&from=rss_home#.U1BTd7HA8j8

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Aggregated List of CI Webinars [SLA CI Division sponsored or members speaking]

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/934217758
AIIP Wednesday, February 19, 2014 11am – Noon
Identifying & Valuing Your Transferable Skills: From Prospect Research to Competitive Intelligence

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/776671918
SLA CID Thursday, February 20, 2014 1- 2 pm
Applying Peter Drucker’s Principles To The Future Of Your Organization

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/613338334
SLA CID Thursday, February 27, 2014 1pm – 2 pm
What’s The Big Deal About Big Data?

http://lmd.sla.org/2014/02/influencing-leadership-using-competitive-intelligence
SLA LMD Friday, February 28, 2014 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Influencing Leadership Using Competitive Intelligence [ZENA]

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/593984726
SLA CID Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Noon – 1pm
Buying & Selling Information

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/119670214
SLA CID Thursday, April 3, 2014 Noon – 1pm LIVE ONLY – NO REPLAY OR SLIDES SHARED
Billion-Dollar Surprises: How & Why Business War Games Pay Off

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/763090750
SLA CID Thursday, April 17, 2014 Noon – 1pm
State (& State-of-the-Art) of CI in Emerging Markets: BRICS – India

Link pending, programming pdf at http://t.co/w1cckD5AEb
SLA CID Thursday, May 22, 2014 Noon – 1pm
SLA Conference Preview – CI Division – SAVE THE DATE

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Last Week to Register! Successful Internships: Rules & Revelations, October 12 Workshop from SLA-MD

 Job Search Workshop:  How to Find Internships and Practice Your Interviewing Skills

October 12th, 2013, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM at the Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, Maryland 

This is Your Last Week to Register!  Don’t miss this opportunity!  Program Won’t Be Repeated in 2014!

Register today at:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/slamdworkshop 

Organized by the SLA Maryland Chapter 

Whether you are a student, between jobs, or an employer, this Workshop offers something for everyone!  For library, information science, and knowledge management students looking for career employment, nothing spells success like having hands-on learning experience in addition to classroom instruction.  Internships can greatly expand your knowledge, experience, contacts base, and chances of career success.  Many employers look for internship experience when hiring and often look to their own interns as the best potential candidates to fill positions.  

Savvy employers know that interns are a great return on investment.  They provide a fresh and diverse talent pool for gaining new insights, novel ideas, specialized strengths and skill sets.  Intern contributions can keep an organization successful, relevant and competitive! 

It’s a winning combination!  

 Who Should Attend:

  • Students who want to jumpstart their careers by learning the essentials of finding and applying for internships, hearing about a variety of great internship opportunities and how to land the one that is right for you.
  • Those who are between jobs and want to find out how the right internship can help you keep your skills sharp, gain new ones, expand networks, and even test-drive a budding area of interest. 
  • Employers who want to meet prospective interns and learn more about how an effective internship program can be an excellent way to gain a foothold into addressing today’s workload and tomorrow’s workforce.

Hear from the Pros, Newbie Librarians and Students!  Nancy Faget, noted leader in the “Careers in Federal Libraries” community;  Barbara Ferry, National Geographic Society; Marianne Giltrud,Catholic University of America; Jacqueline Protka, National Gallery of Art; Katie Rapp, National Institute of Science and Technology; and Katie Chan, National Library of Medicine Intern.

 

During the Workshop you will learn about:

  • Available opportunities ranging from internships, practicums, independent study and field study projects for credit, to virtual internships, fellowships, and more!
  • The SLA Mentor Program and University of Maryland iSchool Field Study Database
  • How to find the right intern-employer match to achieve career and organizational goals
  • How to structure an internship for maximum advantage from those in the know…career-building experts and seasoned librarians
  • The internships experiences of newly-minted librarians and current student interns
  •  How to give winning interviews.  Get actual practice interviewing with immediate feedback!
  •  How to stand out from the crowd! 

 Job Search Workshop: How to Find Internships and Practice Your Interviewing Skills 

Saturday, October 12, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM at the Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, Maryland , Building 1, Rm. 101 

Fee:            

  • $20 for students
  • $25 for SLA members
  • $30 for non-SLA members

Registration fee includes: a continental Sunrise Breakfast of fresh-baked muffins, bagels, pastries, fruit platter, juices and coffee!  

Added Bonus:  Pay with PayPal to earn Crab Points and a chance to win a free 2014 SLA membership!

Register now at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/slamdworkshop  Registration is limited, so don’t delay! 

 

Questions?  Contact: Rene Stein at:  therenestein@hotmail.com or 301-688-2145.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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