Foreign Service Internship - Telecommute

My name is Doug Morrow, and I am the Public Affairs Officer at the United States Consulate General in Erbil, Iraq, in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.  As part of the U.S. government’s annual “Virtual Student Foreign Service” internship program, we are seeking talented students with a talent for storytelling and video editing and production.  You can find additional information about the VSFS program here
For our first virtual internship, we have provided a grant to the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (icsve.orgto produce a series of short videos compiled from interviews with ISIS defectors as well as ISIS detainees who have consented to be interviewed, filmed, and depicted.  Hours of raw footage need to be condensed into short, compelling videos that can help break ISIS' brand.  In particular, we are looking for individuals with video editing experience and knowledge of programs like Adobe Premiere who are prepared to encounter difficult material.  The target audience for these videos would be the same individuals whom ISIS is targeting with their own extensive social media efforts.  This is a great way to actually make a persuasive and tangible difference by countering the recruitment of those vulnerable to violent extremist messages.  Project Code: STATE-IRQ-132
For the second virtual internship, we are looking for an intern with experience or interest in creating short documentary-style films exploring the lives of Kurdish Americans and the Kurdish American community, as well as short videos that explore the lives of other American families.  We are looking for content that is short, accessible, visually interesting, has a narrative arc, and explains some aspect about the United States that may not be obvious to those living abroad.  Project Code: STATE-IRQ-89
On the VSFS website, there are an additional 524 projects from 33 federal agencies that may also be of interest to your students, covering a variety of fields and talents!
I will unfortunately be departing Iraq for my onward assignment on July 31, and therefore will not be working directly with the selected students, but my successor Kim Strollo will arrive at post on August 22.  I’m more than happy to respond to any questions you may have about this program until then, and would greatly appreciate you sharing this opportunity with students you believe may be interested!   
Warm wishes,
Doug Morrow
Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Consulate General
Erbil, Iraq


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