U.S. college students make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government and one of these ways is through the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS). VSFS is designed to engage civil society in the work of the government by harnessing the expertise and digital excellence of U.S. citizen students. Since 2009, 1,205 eInterns (U.S. college students working remotely) have expanded the reach of U.S. government efforts around the world. 3,385 students applied to the 2014-15 program. Selected eInterns will contribute their skills and creativity to 323 projects from the following agencies:
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Agency for International Development
- Army Research Laboratory Library
- U.S. Department of the Interior
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Department of Education – Federal Student Aid
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Millennium Challenge Corporation
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- The Smithsonian Institution
- U.S. Department of Agriculture – Foreign Agricultural Service
There is something for everyone whether you are someone aspiring to work on diplomatic or development issues overseas, a graphic designer, a software engineer, or a scientist. This introductory video provides an overview of the VSFS program.
Applications for the 2014-15 program are now closed. Applications for the 2015-16 program will be open July 2-22, 2015 on USAJobs. If you applied to VSFS, the VSFS team and/or the project supervisors of the projects you applied to, will be in contact with you via email. Applicants may be contacted to arrange an interview, provide writing samples, share an online portfolio, or provide other examples of your work. All applicants will be notified of selection or non-selection by mid-September.
Selected students are expected to virtually intern an average of ten hours per week from September 2014 through April/May 2015. Some students have received course credit for their VSFS eInternships through their own efforts with their schools.
For more information on VSFS, please visit the FAQ section. Email VSFS@state.gov if you have questions that were not addressed on the FAQ site. Sign up for email updates from VSFS and other State Department student programs.