2021 - 2022 Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) Internship

Washington, D.C
Jul 16, 2021
Jul 24, 2021
Full Time


VSFS is a nine-month, unpaid Internship. Internships are virtual; students have a flexible schedule. The government needs the talent, fresh ideas, and digital excellence of U.S. college students. VSFS Interns will increase the digital capacity of federal agencies participating, whether technically, artistically or via increased communication. Interns have the opportunity to connect with each other and work collaboratively.

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VSFS Intern duties and responsibilities will vary according to the location and needs of each office and VSFS project. VSFS projects may be research based, contributing to reports on issues such as human rights, economics or the environment. They may also be more technology oriented, such as working on web pages, or helping produce electronic journals. Students are expected to work virtually on an average of 10 hours per week on VSFS Internship projects. Most work and projects are internet-based.

All work recognizes that VSFS Interns do not have U.S. Government security clearances.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A high school graduate
  • In student status at an institute of higher education (part or full time)
  • VSFS Interns will not need to obtain a U.S. Government security clearance

IMPORTANT: You are eligible to apply for the Department's Virtual Student Federal Service Internship program if you will be enrolled as a half or full-time student (as defined in the Education Qualifications section above.) If applying, you must have proof that you have registered, or have been accepted for enrollment.


You must meet the requirements and submit the application on time. You should write a dynamite statement of interest which will be seen by all three project mentors. Make sure to confirm through this site that you have successfully submitted your application through USAJobs.gov. The project mentors will evaluate your application further based on their needs and your skills to make the final decision.


An applicant must be:
  • In student status at an institute of higher education
  • A part or full-time student

You must be a high school graduate in "student status" to be eligible to apply to a VSFS internship.

Additional information

VSFS Internships are done virtually. Students must have access to the internet.

Virtual Student Federal Service Interns are unpaid and not Federal government employees. They are not entitled to any employee benefits. To repeat, there are no employee benefits associated with the VSFS Internship position. Applying course credit for participating in a VSFS Internship must be determined by the student and the academic institution.

NOTE: There is NO travel associated with, nor required for, this position. Work will be completed by VSFS Interns from the location of their choice and in the outfit of their choice.

It is the policy of the Federal Government to treat all of its employees and volunteers with dignity and respect and to provide a workplace that is free from discrimination whether that discrimination is based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity or pregnancy), national origin, disability, political affiliation, marital status, membership in an employee organization, age, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The Interview Process

If a mentor is considering you as a candidate, you might be interviewed. Project mentors will determine the extent to which an applicant's education, experience, and background indicates that he/she possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for the specific VSFS Internship.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

In addition to using the USAJobs resume builder, you must complete an online application, which includes a Statement of Interest. Your application will not be considered if you fail to include your statement of interest in your application.

Recommendation letters and transcripts should not be attached.