Employees and contractors of the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development can now post nonsensitive online projects for college-student volunteers to complete, Federal News Radio reports. Anyone with a State.gov or USAID.gov email address can sign up and post any short “challenge” that does not require a security clearance or any special permissions to complete. Students enrolled in colleges and universities then work remotely on a volunteer basis to complete the online projects. Any student with a .edu email address can sign up to volunteer on the microtasks. The State Department launched the microvolunteering platform as the “world’s first entirely-online student foreign service” through the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) program. The Robertson Foundation for Government, a nonprofit family foundation that encourages U.S. graduate students to pursue careers in the federal government, supports the website. State Department employees and college volunteers are connected via Sparked.com, an independent microtasking platform.
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