Bridget Roddy

Program Manager, Virtual Student Foreign Service
U.S. Department of State

Bridget Roddy is not just another faceless bureaucrat -  9,902 university students across the U.S. know her by name. Bridget manages the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) in the State Department’s Office of eDiplomacy. Launched by Secretary Clinton, VSFS allows US college students to get REAL experience through virtual internships and microvolunteering with federal agencies. Thanks to Bridget, what began in 2010 with just 76 projects and 90 virtual interns has grown into a resource that no federal agency wants to miss out on. Last June, 3385 students applied on USA jobs to compete for 610 internships at U.S. posts abroad and eight domestic agencies (State, USAID, USDA, Commerce, Interior, Smithsonian, NASA, FEMA, MCC, Army Research Lab, and Education). VSFS is now the largest virtual internship program in the United States. For her work with VSFS , Bridget was named a Federal Computer Weekly 2011 Rising Star and a 2012 Government Executive magazine Emerging Leader. Government agencies, foreign missions, and even astronauts come looking for her to learn how to engage with students virtually. She has helped the White House, the Environmental Protection Energy, NASA, and the Center for Disease Control tap into the VSFS secrets of success in their own work. She has appeared on Federal News Radio, GovLoop’s Insights Podcast, InternPro Radio, and The Voice of Job Seekers. Bridget has a BA in Graphic Design and Anthropology from Notre Dame. She grew up in the Foreign Service living in Abidjan, Vienna, The Hague, Taipei, and Ottawa.

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