How To Apply

Applications for the 2016-17 Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) program are being accepted on USAJOBS.gov from July 2-22, 2016. Not sure how to apply/never used USAJOBS? See the steps below and check out USAJOBS’s Help Center.

(Note: These screen shots may look slightly different as USAJOBS continues to improve its services.)

Step 1: Create an account with USAJOBS. You can do so by clicking the “Create an account” link in the top left corner.

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Step 2: Build your resume using the USAJOBS resume builder. You MUST submit your resume using this form. For the Virtual Student Foreign Service, we are only able to accept applications through the online application.

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Need help? USAJOBS has great resume builder tips in their Help Center!

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Step 3: Once you’ve built your resume, go back to the USAJOBS home page and search the USAJOBS position listings for “VSFS” or “Virtual Student Foreign Service,” or click this link to go directly to the search results.

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Step 4: Click “Apply” to start the application process! (Once you’ve gotten through the USAJOBS applications and are on the U.S. Department of State jobs portal, you’ll be able to apply for up to three projects. To preview the projects, go to the VSFS website and click on “See All Projects,” and use the Search box to find specific projects.) 

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Step 5: This is the start of the USAJOBS application process! Click “Start Application” to begin.   
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Step 6: Remember the resume you built in Step 2? Click the circle at the top right-hand corner of your resume. A check mark will appear. Click the “Save & Continue” box at the bottom of the page to move on to “Select Documents.” 

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Step 7: Upload your transcript (official or unofficial). Once you’ve uploaded and saved your transcript to your USAJOBS profile, you can also check it to attach to your application. 

(While you are on the USAJOBS site, your resume and transcript are the only two documents you’ll need to attach. After you enter the Department of State portal, you can also add a Statement of Interest for your selected projects.) 

Step 8: Review your package of documents. Resume and transcript selected and saved? Click the box to acknowledge that you have reviewed your resume and document(s).
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Step 9: You’re almost there! To continue your application, read the certification message and click on the “Continue Application with Agency” box. Then click “Continue to Agency Site” to enter the Department of State portal. 

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Step 10: Agency Site: Click APPLY TO THIS VACANCY

You’ll know you’ve been re-directed to the Agency Site (called Gateway to State) when you see the page below. Click APPLY TO THIS VACANCY:

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Step 11: Agency Site: Submitting Personal Information
You will be asked a series of personal information questions to identify your eligibility. 

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Step 12: Agency Site: Picking your Projects
Now it’s time to choose your projects!

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Step 13: Answer More Questions!

You will be asked to answer a few more questions, including one where you can add your statement of interest. You may include links to samples of your work online, your LinkedIn profile, or other appropriate online materials.

Since you may apply for up to three projects, try to include relevant links for those projects. Tip: try to note which of your skills apply to each project. 

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(Lucky) Step 14: Getting "Confirmation"

As you finish answering the questions, you will see blue check marks in the circles at the top of the page. Finally, you will need to upload your transcript again. When your application has been successfully submitted, you will see a green check box showing “Confirmation” – which means you’re all done!  

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Need help accessing your full application? For technical assistance with your application, please contact the Help Desk at 1-866-656-6830 or mgshelp@monster.com. For non-technical questions or queries about the VSFS program, please email us at vsfs@state.gov or tweet to us @VSFSatState.

Good luck!