vsfs lApplications for the Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) program are now open! Through VSFS, students can work on projects that advance the work of government on multiple fronts. Projects include helping counter violent extremism, strengthening human rights monitoring, developing virtual programs, engaging in digital communications, mapping, economic and political reporting, data analysis, graphic design, and app building.


VSFS is an eight-month remote internship program for U.S. citizen students, college-level and above. eInternships run from September through May and students work approximately 10 hours per week. VSFS eInternships are not paid. However, VSFS eInterns can gain invaluable work experience and connections through their remote internships and learn more about the federal government.


Since 2009, thousands of eInterns have expanded the efforts of the U.S. government, working remotely. Virtual interns work only on unclassified projects. They report to their mentors at the Department of State and other federal government agencies in the U.S. and around the world by email, phone, or video chat. 


To apply, students must be U.S. Citizens and enrolled in a full-time or part-time degree or certificate program, and taking classes in-person or online, in the U.S. or abroad. December 2020 graduates are eligible to apply, but must commit to the full project term.


The VSFS vacancy announcement is open July 1 – 31 on the USAJOBS.gov website. During that time, students may find the listing by searching for “VSFS” or “Virtual Student Federal Service” on USAJOBS. Students may apply to up to three projects.  Applicants will be required to fill out the entire online USAJOBS application including:

  • a resume using the USAJOBS resume builder
  • a copy of an official or unofficial transcript (other documentation accepted if applicant is a first year college or graduate student)
  • a statement of interest

If you’d like to learn more, webinar in Charger Path on July 21.