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An unpaid internship for the government, in Washington, DC, or overseas, can be exciting and rewarding.

But the cost of room and board or flying abroad can make it seem impossible. Enter the Virtual Student Foreign Service, or as we like to call it, VSFS – a program designed for today’s students.

With VSFS, students don’t need to travel to DC or abroad to do an internship. Instead, they can work remotely on projects from the comfort of their dorm room, library, local coffee shop, or wherever.

Every year from May through June, government employees around the world who are looking for help submit their projects for remote interns at vsfs.state.gov

Starting July 2, if you’re a U.S. citizen enrolled in an undergrad, graduate, or post-graduate certificate or degree program and taking classes part-time or full-time, you can head over to USAJOBS.gov and start applying. That’s when you could search through all of the projects and apply for your three favorites. But hurry, you only get until July 26 to apply.

Then, in August, supervisors review applications and may contact you for a virtual interview or ask for examples of your work. By early September, you’ll find out if you’ve been offered a spot. Once you accept a position, you’ll be expected to put in up to 10 hours a week for the length of your project.

What kind of projects are there? Take your pick. From info graphic designer to data visualizer, app developer, digital diplomat, press and public outreach liaison, to environmental researcher, local tutor, translator, social media specialist, blogger and more. The virtual world is at your fingertips. No matter how you look at it, VSFS is a great opportunity for students looking to intern with the federal government.

For more information, visit vsfs.state.gov.

U.S. Department of State

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