Project Code: STATE-USA-EUR-165

Cyprus: Help us take our social media and alumni programs to the next level

Project Title Cyprus: Help us take our social media and alumni programs to the next level
Project Summary Looking for energetic and proactive students willing to work with us to introduce our social media to new audiences and develop new and innovative projects to communicate U.S. culture, education, and policy to Cypriots. You will also have a chance to test your media skills and work with us in a dyn
Country Cyprus
Agency Department of State
DoS Office EUR/SE
Post N/A
Section N/A
Number of Interns 2
Project Description

The small Public Affairs team in Nicosia is an ever-busy section working to engage local audiences, especially Cypriot youth through social media and various programs. Our small staff works to develop fun and innovative projects and create opportunities to initiate constructive discussion on U.S. culture, values, policies, and education.
We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are in touch with social media trends and developments to engage Cypriot youth on our channels, and we believe that American students would be uniquely positioned to assist our small staff in enhancing our content. If you are selected, you will be able to exercise your creative skills on our social media channels. You will also be researching and drafting presentations used by Embassy personnel at local educational institutions in close coordination with our team. Additionally you will support alumni engagement.

Required Skills or Interests
Editing and proofreading
Graphic design
Social media management
Additional Information

Over the last few years, our Facebook page USEmbassyCyprus has become the mission’s main online communication channel to Cypriot audiences from all walks of life, but especially youth. Despite the small Public Affairs team, we work to prepare interesting daily content for our audiences. If you are selected, you will get to experience this process taking place in an intriguing political environment such as Cyprus. In support of this endeavor, we design both short- and long-term campaigns. You will also get to work closely with our Public Diplomacy team to design these campaigns and explore new platforms and outreach tools.

We will communicate with interns through a regularly scheduled online VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol, e.g. Skype) calls, emails, and online document collaboration through cloud-based applications (note: Nicosia is seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard time). Occasionally, virtual interns may participate in the public diplomacy team meetings through teleconferencing to gain a more holistic understanding of how specific projects contribute to the larger goals of the Public Affairs Section.

Successful candidates would need to follow current social media trends, mainly Facebook and Twitter, and be able to provide basic analysis of metrics. They will also get to work on alternative platforms to reach existing and new audiences. Awareness of current State Department priorities and campaigns is preferred but not required. When needed, interns will work on special projects relating to American history, music, education, art, etc. to help Embassy Cyprus expose local audiences in lesser-known areas of U.S. culture which are not widely known. At times, Nicosia’s Virtual Interns may also be asked to help with audio and video transcription, assist with budgeting, and proposal drafting. Knowledge of either Greek or Turkish would be welcome and helpful, but not required.

Another post social media priority is the promotion of U.S. Education among secondary and tertiary students in Cyprus. Interns may be asked to create content by combining EducationUSA and other U.S. Government materials with content based on their own experiences or by coordinating with Cypriot students currently studying in the U.S.

Every year, the Embassy organizes a series of speaker programs with presentations and discussions by Embassy officers at local schools and institutions. Virtual Interns may work with speakers to prepare presentations and research materials in the form of historical background, videos, and photos for these presentations.

We strongly believe that through this internship, the selected candidate will gain experience of State Department public diplomacy work with foreign audiences and better understand the U.S. Foreign Service priorities and organizational culture.