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to nd something that interests them. I “e-interned” for the

O ce to Combat and Monitor Tra cking in Persons. I am the

founder of the Human Rights Club on my campus, and am

passionate about combating human tra cking, so this was a

dream internship for me.

I poured my heart into it, and invested more than 20 hours

a week doing media research and translating from Farsi and

French on a variety of human tra cking topics: individuals

tra cked for the sake of suicide bombing, forced begging and

Quranic schools, forced labor and tra cking in the hospitality


Some say that a virtual internship does not provide stu-

dents with real professional development and networking.

However, that is far from the truth. I had to learn to communi-

cate with formal language via phone, email and Skype with my

VSFS supervisors. I was expected to promptly return emails

and had to be on time for all phone and Skype sessions, for

which I dressed professionally.

My intern supervisors acted as mentors, o ering me profes-

sional development, academic advice and valuable letters of


ey even made the e ort to introduce me

virtually to other professionals in my eld to expand my net-

work. Maybe I was not sitting at an o ce desk from 8 a.m. to

5 p.m., but I gained valuable professional experience working

directly in my eld.

Overall, the internship surpassed my expectations, and the

virtual component enabled me to apply myself to meet high

standards. Like any internship, you get as much out of it as you

put into it.

U.S. News & World Report

states that “internships are a

near necessity in the quest to nd a job in today’s market.”


virtual internship is a unique avenue for students to e ectively

gain experience in their eld. Now it’s time for more students

to capitalize on globalization and technology. Financial and

geographic obstacles are no longer an excuse.

As the saying goes, “Where's there's a will, there's a way.”

Take advantage.