Virtual Student Federal Service

U.S. citizen college students can make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government through the Virtual Student Federal 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:
 

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
EducationUSA
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
General Services Administration (GSA)
Health & Human Services (HHS)
Indian Health Services (IHS)
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Archives (NARA)
National Gallery of Art (NGA)
National Institute of Corrections (NIC)
National Library of Medicines (NLM - NIH)

United States Geological Survey (USGS)
National Park Service (NPS)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI)
Peace Corps
Smithsonian Institution
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)
U.S. Department of Education (ED)
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
U.S. Department of State (DOS)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Program Details

Each year, VSFS supervisors can begin submitting project proposal requests starting on May 1. All requests are due by June 10. U.S. students can apply to their top three VSFS projects from July 1-31 on USAJOBS.gov. Supervisors will 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 (VSFS@state.gov) is happy to help. Don’t miss out!