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Virtual Student Foreign Service


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

CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU ARE STILL IN TIME TO APPLY! Applications for the 2015 – 2016 VSFS eInternship program will be accepted July 2-22 on USAJobs.gov.

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 is designed to engage 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 to choose from. 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

There is something for everyone whether you are someone aspiring to work on diplomatic or development issues overseas, a graphic designer, a software engineer, or a scientist. See all the projects here. This introductory video provides an overview of the VSFS program.

Program Details

Once you have successfully submitted an application on USAjobs.gov you may be contacted for an interview, or 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 2015. 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 VSFS@state.gov if you have questions that were not addressed on the FAQ site. Sign up for email updates from VSFS and other State Department student programs.

 
 


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