How To Apply

Applications for the 2018-19 Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) program will be accepted July 1-31, 2018 on USAJOBS.gov. There is only one VSFS vacancy announcement.

Not sure how to apply or never used USAJOBS? See the instructions below to get a preview. You can also visit USAJOBS’s Help Center for more tips on applying to positions on the site.

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

There’s a new way to sign in this year!

It’s called login.gov for safety and security. J

Click on “Create an account” to get started. Tip: Use the “Remember this browser for 30 days” option to make sign-in a wee bit smoother.

Once you’ve created your account, you’ll check your email to confirm your address:

After you confirm your password, you’ll need to create a password – one that’s at least 9 characters long:

Next step: another security measure – Your personal key!

And now… Hooray, you’ve created your account!

Now you’re ready to create your profile on USAJOBS (if you don’t already have one)!

After you create your profile, it’s time to build your resume! Note: You MUST submit your resume using this form. For the Virtual Student Federal Service, we are only able to accept applications through the online built resume application.

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

 

Add all the information you can:

Once you’ve built your resume, go back to the USAJOBS home page and search the USAJOBS position listings for “VSFS” or “Virtual Student Federal Service.”

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Once you see the VSFS position link, click “Apply” to start the application process! (After you’ve completed the USAJOBS application process, you’ll submit your info and documents, and then be redirected to the U.S. Department of State jobs portal, where you can 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.)

Date: 06/24/2016 Description: This screenshot shows where to click ''Apply'' once you have read the Virtual Student Foreign Service application listing carefully. If you think it's a good fit for you and your skills, and your goals, click Apply to start the application. © USAJOBS.gov

This is the start of the USAJOBS application process! Click “Start Application” to begin.

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Remember the resume you built? 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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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.)

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).

 
 
  Date: 06/30/2016 Description: This is a screenshot from USAJOBS.gov showing you to click the box to acknowledge that, yes, you have reviewed your resume and documents © USAJOBS.gov

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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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:

Date: 06/30/2016 Description: This is a screenshot from the Gateway to State portal of USAJOBS.gov.  When you ready to apply to your project, click on the ''Apply to This Vacancy'' button! - State Dept Image

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

Date: 06/30/2016 Description: This is a screenshot from the the Gateway to State portal of USAJOBS.gov. Enter the requested info to complete your application. You will be asked to identify your eligibility and interests through a series of questions. - State Dept Image

Agency Site: Picking your Projects
Now it’s time to choose your Top 3 projects!

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Answer More Questions! (You’re almost at the end, we promise. J)

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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And, finally...

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 mark inside the last circle and the word “Confirmation” below it – which means you’re all done!

Date: 2016 Description: Screenshot of confirmation page on USAJOBS website © USAJOBS

Need help accessing your full 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 reach us on Twitter @VSFSatState.

Good luck!