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Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS)

Become a Virtual Intern with the U.S. Department of State

The Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) is the largest virtual internship in the United States for undergraduate and graduate students, who are U.S. citizens, to contribute to making a difference in our society.  You can use your copy editing, coding, writing, and website design skills, to name a few, in this premier virtual internship program that helps to advance the work of the U.S. Government (USG).

VSFS is a U.S. Department of State-run program that is part of a growing effort to harness digital technologies and a commitment to global service among young people to facilitate new forms of engagement. Working from college and university campuses in the United States and throughout the world, U.S. citizen virtual interns are partnered with our U.S. diplomatic posts overseas and other domestic USG offices to conduct digital diplomacy that reflects the realities of our networked world.

Virtual interns work on unclassified projects for up to 10 hours per week during the academic year and can work for agencies such as the U.S. Department of State, USAID, NASA, the Smithsonian, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Intelligence Community, and the Indian Health Service, all of which have specific projects for which they need your expertise. 

Students apply to VSFS July 1-31 on USAJOBS. Once they have selected the VSFS vacancy announcement, they are allowed to bid on three projects. Mentors 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.
Visit for more information and check out the FAQ section if you have specific questions. If you still can’t find the answer you’re looking for, reach out to the VSFS Team at

For an overview of the application process, visit, HERE. Lorri Olan,, is also available to answer questions. Do NOT wait until the last minute to review the internship postings, create your USA jobs profile or begin writing your application. This will all take time.
U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.