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Are you a student looking for a way to make a real difference in the work of your government, while also gaining job experience and connections?

Are you a federal employee looking for help on projects? Need new ideas or fresh perspectives? VSFS can benefit you!

Through the Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) program, students can work on projects that advance the work of government on multiple fronts. Projects include helping counter violent extremism, strengthening human rights monitoring, developing virtual programs, engaging in digital communications, mapping, economic and political reporting, data analysis, graphic design, and app building.

No more nine to five

VSFS is accommodating and flexible. Through VSFS, students can intern from wherever they are – from dorm rooms to libraries to coffee shops, or anywhere in the world with a broadband or Internet connection. Students set their own schedules too – working on projects on a timetable that fits their life.

Through VSFS, students can also choose projects from a wide variety of agencies – more than 40 federal agencies. Through VSFS, federal employees connect with students from diverse backgrounds and skills, as well as with their colleagues across government.

How it works

Each year, federal employees submit project requests between May 1 and June 10. U.S. students apply to their top three VSFS projects from July 1-31 on USAJOBS.gov. VSFS supervisors review applications between August 1-31 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 hear by early September if they have been offered a position.

Selected eInterns work on their projects for ten hours a week from September through May. Some eInterns work their academic institutions to receive course credit for their VSFS participation.

For more details, please visit the Student and Mentor FAQ sections.

VSFS in the news

We’re always glad to hear about your VSFS successes! Send us a copy of your VSFS story and we’ll feature it here:

Career Accelerator: VSFS boost opportunities for Department and students, State Magazine, December 2018

U.S. Department of State Seeks Intern for New Blockchain Working Group, Crowdfund Insider, June 2017

Students Interested in Foreign Service Intern with State Department, The Brandeis Hoot, November 2016

Inside the remote student internship program solving government problems, FedScoop, August 2016

The Reality is Virtual: U.S. College Students Assist MapGive and USAID, video from State of the Map conference, July 2016

Virtual Internship takes innovation to the next level, Arizona State University News, February 2016

The Blind Spot: Virtual Internships, Huffington Post, August 2015

How to Intern at State Without Leaving Home, Foreign Service Journal, January 2015

STUDENT FAQS

What is VSFS?

The Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) is an eight-month remote internship program for U.S. citizen students, college-level and above, who would like to make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government. Since 2009, thousands of eInterns have expanded the efforts of the U.S. government, working remotely from their school, dorm room, apartment, local library or coffee shop – wherever they happen to be! Virtual interns work only on unclassified projects. They report to their mentors at the Department of State and other federal government agencies in the U.S. and around the world by email, phone, or video chat. VSFS is managed by the Office of eDiplomacy in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Information Resource Management. VSFS collaborates with federal agencies across government on this program.

Who can apply to VSFS?

US. citizens who are in “student status” in a full-time or part-time degree or certificate program, and taking classes in-person or online, in the U.S. or abroad, may apply. To be clear, an applicant must be:

A U.S. citizen

Enrolled as a student in a college level or above degree or certificate program

I’m taking a gap year. Can I still apply?

We like your enthusiasm! Our answer depends on yours. If you are spending your gap year in student status (learning, studying, etc.) then you are eligible to apply. If you are already enrolled for the 2021-22 academic year, and spending your gap year both learning and earning, you're eligible. If you are taking a break from college to decide next steps, and are focused solely on earning money, then you are not eligible to apply and should wait until next year. If you apply, we look forward to seeing your application!

I just graduated from college. Can I still apply?

We like your enthusiasm. To participate in VSFS, you must be in student status, taking classes online or in-person, full-time or part-time, for a certificate or a degree program during the eInternship (September through May).

There is a Pathways program for recent graduates that might be of interest.

The United Nations has online volunteer opportunities that you might be of interest.

If you will be in student status at some point again, we would love to receive your application!

Can members of the military or other federal employees apply?

We appreciate your commitment to public service. What makes this program legal is that participants are in student status. The federal government cannot accept free labor from members of the military or other federal employees.

What kind of work can VSFS eInterns do?

Projects run the gamut, from research to analysis to app development to graphic design to social media management and more. VSFS has something for everyone, which is why the program needs students from every major and background.

How long are VSFS eInternships?

eInternships run from September through May of each year.

How many hours per week are students expected to spend on projects?

Students contribute ten hours of work a week on their projects.

Are VSFS eInternships paid? Are there employee benefits?

VSFS eInternships are not paid. VSFS eInterns are not federal government employees, so they do not receive employee benefits. However, VSFS eInterns can gain invaluable work experience through their remote internships and learn more about the federal government.

When do VSFS applications open?

The VSFS vacancy announcement is open July 1 – 31 on the USAJOBS.gov website. During that time, students may find the listing by searching for “VSFS” or “Virtual Student Federal Service” on USAJOBS. Students may apply to up to three projects.

How many positions are available?

The number of available positions changes from year to year and depends on the needs of each agency. Last year, VSFS had more than 550 projects with over 1,200 positions and 5,000+ applicants. We expect these numbers to rise in parallel. Some projects require more than one student.

Can students graduating in December of January still apply?

Yes, as long as the student commits to the full participation period of the project.

Do applicants need to speak a foreign language?

No. Some positions require a language, others do not. The language requirement for each project is on the project description page.

Can non-U.S. citizens apply?

No, the VSFS eInternship program is only for U.S. citizen students.

Where is a list of the available projects and positions?

Students #ApplyinJuly. All projects are available on vsfs.state.gov on July 1 and projects are “live” as approved and submitted beginning May 1 through June 10. Projects that require unique skills will be highlighted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

How many projects may students apply to?

Students may select up to three projects.

Do applicants have to submit a transcript or a resume?

Applicants will be required to fill out the entire online USAJOBS application including:

a resume using the USAJOBS resume builder

a copy of an official or unofficial transcript (other documentation accepted if applicant is a first year college or graduate student)

a statement of interest

Do applicants need to write a statement of interest or obtain references?

All applicants must submit a statement of interest in that section of the USAJOBS application. The character limit is 3,500. The statement of interest is where you express your enthusiasm for all the projects to which you are applying. If you apply to three projects, you'll want to make your case for all three. This portion of the application will be one text box, but you can cover each project in a separate paragraph or two. The statement of interest is not an attachment or uploaded. We do not accept references.

How are eInterns selected?

Project mentors will look through each candidate’s application in determining their selections. VSFS encourages all mentors to interview top applicants and ask for supporting documentation such as writing samples or a design portfolio. It is up to each supervising team to determine their criteria for selection.

When will students find out if they have been selected?

Project mentors begin reviewing applications in August. Selections are due by August 31 so students will be notified of selection during the month of August. Selected students begin their projects during the first two weeks of September. The VSFS team (VSFS@state.gov) will email all applicants - those selected and those who were not placed - after the application period closes and projects are assigned.

Do eInterns get course credit for participating?

Many students have successfully negotiated course credit agreements with their schools. It is up to individual institutions of higher learning to determine whether or not to grant course credit for VSFS internships.

Will a VSFS eInternship increase a student’s chances of securing a traditional internship and/or full-time employment with the government?

Some VSFS eInterns have gone on to do a traditional internship with the State Department or other federal agencies. While VSFS is not a formal recruiting tool, students will learn about the work of the U.S. government through the program and students will gain invaluable experience working with mentors, which could make them a stronger candidate for future internships or employment with the government. NOTE: VSFS participation does not constitute official employment with the federal government. A VSFS eIntern awarded a Boren fellowship, for instance, does not need an official letter confirming his/her non-affiliation with the U.S. Government.

Will eInterns need to get a security clearance or background check?

No, VSFS eInterns do not need, and are not issued, security clearances. They will not be handling sensitive information.

If a student is not selected this year, may the student reapply next year?

Yes, as long as the student still meets eligibility requirements (i.e., U.S. citizen enrolled as a student in a degree or certificate program).

May students use the content they create as part of their online portfolio?

Yes!?Students should credit their work as being done as part of the VSFS program for the office and agency they are assigned to.

What happens if a student accepts a project, but then cannot complete their assignment?

Unanticipated or unexpected circumstances can occur for both student and mentor. VSFS will address each situation on a case-by-case basis. VSFS will also try to help facilitate a positive outcome. However, if that not possible, a student may be asked to resign from the VSFS eInternship program or a mentor may be asked to close their project. In rare cases, if a mentor agrees, a student may take time off and resume the eInternship at a later date.

I'm an incoming college freshman, and I haven't registered for classes yet. What should I upload for my transcript?

We’re so glad you’re interested in VSFS! Yes, you can apply even if you are registering for classes in August. Make sure to say “yes” to the questions that ask if you are currently a student and if you will be enrolled in university level courses September through May. When prompted to upload a transcript, you can upload an official or unofficial one from high school.

MENTOR FAQS

What is VSFS?

The Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) is an eight-month remote internship program for U.S. citizen students, college-level and above, who would like to make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government. Since 2009, thousands of eInterns have expanded the efforts of the U.S. government, working remotely from their school, dorm room, apartment, local library or coffee shop – wherever they happen to be! Virtual interns work only on unclassified projects. They report to their mentors across the federal government at agencies in the U.S. and around the world by email, phone, or video chat. VSFS is managed by the Office of eDiplomacy in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Information Resource Management. VSFS collaborates with federal agencies across government on this program.

What kind of work can VSFS eInterns do?

Projects run the gamut, from research to analysis to app development to graphic design to social media management and more. There is something for everyone, which is why VSFS needs students from every major and background. VSFS eInterns work only on unclassified projects.

What agencies participate in VSFS?

VSFS is open to colleagues across the federal government. Agency participation varies year to year and the number always increases!

Is there a cost to the agency or office to participate in VSFS?

No, VSFS is cost-free.

How does an office or team submit a project?

VSFS project requests are submitted annually between May 1 and June 10 on the vsfs.state.gov site. Agency colleagues who are ready to submit a project, must first register by clicking the button on the top right. VSFS mentors can submit more than one project and request more than one eIntern. VSFS needs this info:

Agency

Office

mentors

Project title

Project summary

Project description

Desired Skills and Interests

Language requirements

Any other helpful information

How do mentors write a great project?

Write a catchy title

Be as specific as you can

Say what you want, use plain language

Explain why your project matters

When do eInternships begin and end?

eInternships run from September through May.

Who can apply to VSFS?

U.S. citizens who are in “student status” in a full-time or part-time degree or certificate program, and taking classes in-person or online, in the U.S. or abroad, may apply. To be clear, an applicant must be:

A U.S. citizen

Enrolled as a student in a college level or above degree or certificate program

How many hours per week are students expected to spend on projects?

Students are expected to contribute ten hours a week on their projects.

Are VSFS eInternships paid? Are there employee benefits?

VSFS eInternships are not paid. VSFS eInterns are not federal government employees, so they do not receive employee benefits. However, VSFS eInterns can gain invaluable work experience through their remote internships and learn more about the federal government.

When do VSFS applications open to students?

The VSFS vacancy announcement is open July 1 – 31 on the USAJOBS.gov website. During that time, students may find the listing by searching for “VSFS” or “Virtual Student Federal Service” on USAJOBS. Students may apply to up to three projects.

How many projects may students apply to?

Students may select up to three projects.

How are eInterns selected?

Project mentors will review applications for students who picked their project as one of their top three. VSFS encourages all mentors to interview top candidates and ask for supporting documentation such as writing samples or a design portfolio. It is up to each supervising team to determine their criteria for selection.

How are eInterns offered positions?

VSFS mentors review applicants, make selections, and offer positions directly on this site. Offers must go out by August 31.

Can mentors change the number of eInterns they initially requested?

Mentors can always pick more! To increase the number of eInterns, edit your project and edit the "number of interns" field.

How soon can a mentor work with selected eInterns?

Mentors review applicants and make selections during the month of August. Offers can go out any time in August and work must begin by the second week in September.

Can eInterns access Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) information? ?Do they have access to internal networks? ?Can they have a .gov email address?

VSFS eInterns are not employees….The answer to these questions is “no.” eInterns do not go through security clearances or background checks. They must only work on unclassified projects and do not have access to internal networks.

Is there a VSFS mentor handbook?

Yes, there is, and here it is: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jXrcVTE6HRrK8LGhW49A7thSv-K2CuIdqLS1GaKvL9M/edit?usp=sharing .

May eInterns use the content they create as part of their online portfolio?

Yes!?Students should credit their work as being done as part of the VSFS program for that office and agency.

What happens if a student accepts a project, but then cannot complete their assignment?

Unanticipated or unexpected circumstances can occur for both student and mentor. The VSFS team will address each situation on a case-by-case basis and try to help facilitate a positive outcome. However, if that not possible, a student may be asked to resign from the VSFS eInternship program or a mentor may be asked to close their project.

What office manages the VSFS program?

VSFS is managed by the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Information Resource Management’s Office of eDiplomacy.

Can a colleague be added to a project during the applicant review phase?

Yes, this can be done on this website. If a colleague does NOT have a VSFS account:

Ask the colleague to register for an account using his/her work email address as the username at: http://vsfs.state.gov/login

Colleague activates account by clicking on a link in an automated email (note: check spam or junk folder) which should arrive within 5 minutes.

Once account is activated, email vsfs@state.gov asking for an additional position.

VSFS adds the new mentor.

Go to the website.

Students who are currently working in a position that is related to their degree program may be eligible to earn internship credit. Go to the Experiential Learning link under the Dashboard. Click on the Experiential Learning Link and look for your degree program. Click on your degree program. Complete the Internship agreement that is associated with your major and submit. You will receive an email from College Central Network if your position has been approved and if you have been registered for credit and assigned a faculty sponsor. Your next step will be to reach out to the faculty sponsor.

Students in Allied Health and Nursing programs will be directed by your instructors to complete clinical agreements.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in disciplines related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, or technology, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA’s programs and mission. Over 100 students are selected each year for participation in the Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) and Educational Partnership Program (EPP) with Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) undergraduate scholarship programs. These scholarships include support for two years of undergraduate study and summer internship opportunities at NOAA facilities across the country.

For information on program benefits and how to apply, visit our website:

https://www.noaa.gov/office-education/scholarships

• Application Deadline: February 1, 2021

Eligibility Requirements:

• US Citizen

• 3.0 GPA (Hollings) or 3.2 GPA (EPP/MSI)

• Be currently enrolled or accepted at an accredited college or university within the United States or U.S. territories as either:

• a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year undergraduate program

• a full-time 3rd year student in a five-year undergraduate program

• a community college or transfer student who is applying to a four-year institution

• community college or transfer students must provide proof of application to a four-year institution when submitting their application for the scholarship.

• if selected, applicant must submit proof of acceptance prior to starting the program (for EPP/MSI scholarship, must be transferring to/accepted at a minority serving institution).

• Majoring in NOAA mission disciplines, including but not limited to: atmospheric science, biology, cartography, chemistry, computer science, education, engineering, environmental science, geodesy, geography, marine science, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physical science, photogrammetry, physics, etc.

• Enrolled at a Minority Serving Institution (EPP/MSI Scholarship only)

For further information, contact the Office of Education Undergraduate Scholarship Programs at: StudentScholarshipPrograms@noaa.gov (Hollings); EPP.USP@noaa.gov (EPP/MSI) or (301) 628-2913.

Sincerely,

NOAA Office of Education Undergraduate Scholarship Programs

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Office of Education (OED) Student Scholarship Programs

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

U.S. Department of Commerce

301-628-2913

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