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)
American Battle Monuments Commission
Central Intelligence Agency
Defense Security Cooperation Agency
U.S. Department of Commerce – 

Foreign Commercial Service

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
U.S. Department of Education - Federal Student Aid)
General Services Administration (GSA)
Inter-American Foundation (IAF)
International Trade Administration (ITA)
Library of Congress
Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Institutes of Standards & Technology (NIST)
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
National Park Service (NPS)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Weather Service (NWS)
Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
The Smithsonian Institution
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) –

4-H Youth Outreach Program
Foreign Agricultural Service
National Institute of Food and Agriculture

U.S. Department of Energy (DoE)
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Department of Interior
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of the Treasury
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Voice of America (VOA)

Program Details

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 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.

If you have additional questions, check out the FAQ section. If you still can’t find the answer you’re looking for, the VSFS team ( is happy to help. Don’t miss out!