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Virtual Student Foreign Service

Date: 03/19/2014 Description: VSFS Logo - State Dept Image

U.S. college students make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government and one of these ways is through the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS). VSFS engages civil society in the work of the government by harnessing the expertise and digital excellence of U.S. citizen students. Since 2009, thousands of eInterns (U.S. college students working remotely) have expanded the reach of U.S. government efforts around the world. This year, there are more projects than ever and for the first time, fifteen government agencies are participating:

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Weather Service
  • Peace Corps
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Program Details

U.S. students apply to VSFS once a year in July. Applications for the 2015-16 program closed at midnight on July 22, 2015.  A total of 2,791 students applied on If you made it through the entire application process, you may be contacted in August for an interview, or to provide examples of your work. All applicants will be notified of selection or non-selection by mid-September.

Selected students are expected to virtually intern an average of ten hours per week from September 2015 through May 2016. Some students have received course credit for their VSFS eInternships through their own efforts with their schools.

For more information on VSFS, please visit the FAQ section. Email if you have questions that were not addressed on the FAQ site. Sign up to receive updates from VSFS at and for email updates from State Department student programs, click here.



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