Virtual Student Foreign Service
U.S. citizen college students can make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government through the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS). VSFS harnesses the expertise and digital excellence of U.S. citizen students to move the work of their government forward on multiple fronts. Since 2009, thousands of VSFS eInterns have expanded the efforts of the U.S. government around the world – from dorm rooms to libraries and coffee shops, to wherever the students happen to be. This year, there are more government agencies than ever participating, including:
AFSA (American Foreign Service Association)
Foreign Commercial Service
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
4-H Youth Outreach Program
U.S. Department of Energy (DoE)
Each year, VSFS supervisors can begin submitting project proposal requests starting on May 1st. All requests are due by June 10th. U.S. students can apply to their top three VSFS projects from July 2-26 on USAJOBS.gov. Supervisors will then review applications in August and may contact VSFS candidates for a virtual interview. As part of the interview, candidates may be asked to show examples of their expertise and work. All candidates will learn by early September if they have been offered a position.
Once they have accepted a position, eInterns will be expected to work on their projects for about ten hours per week from September through May. Some eInterns have worked with their academic institutions to receive course credit for their VSFS eInternships.