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The Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS), the largest virtual, digital internship in the world, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary! We are proud to connect U.S. college students to the work of the U.S. Government. Over the past decade, more than 5,000 students have participated across 40 federal agencies. The VSFS program is managed by the U.S. Department of State, and offers unique mentoring and exposure to professional experiences with numerous U.S. Government entities operating both domestically and abroad.

Applications for the 2019-2020 VSFS program are open between July 1 and 31. Students create accounts on  and search for the VSFS vacancy announcement. Real work is waiting for U.S. college students across the federal government, including NASA, Smithsonian, U.S. Department of State, Central Intelligence Agency, National Park Service, and many others. You can see the projects offered at by clicking on “See All Projects” at the top of the website. The VSFS application process includes using the USAJOBS resume builder, writing a statement of interest, choosing three projects, and uploading a transcript.

VSFS student interns play an important role in moving the government forward. There’s something for everyone: graphic design, research, mapping, videography, history, analysis, marketing, community management, writing, calculation, policy planning, application development, and more.

eInterns spend ten hours a week on VSFS projects from September through May. This is unpaid, volunteer work, but eInterns make connections that make a difference, gain valuable experience, and sometimes receive course credit from their schools. All applicants must be U.S. citizens in student status at a university in the United States or abroad. VSFS is open to undergrad through PhD candidates taking classes full or part-time, in-person or online.

Learn more at our website, Facebook , LinkedIn , and Twitter . Be sure to sign up under Keep Me Informed on the website to receive notifications about VSFS and other internship opportunities and check to see if your university has a Diplomat in Residence.

For specific questions about the VSFS Program, please e-mail

U.S. Department of State

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