Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Student Federal Service Internship Opportunity

Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) Internship, Fall 2021- Spring 2022

Department: Department of State - Agency Wide
Number of Job Opportunities & Location(s): Vacancies - Washington, District of Columbia
Open Period: July 1 to July 31, 2021
Position Information: Temporary - September 2021 through May 2022
Who May Apply: Open to the public, Students


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.

Responsibilities: 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.

If you are interested in earning academic credit for a VSFS internship, check with your departmental or college internship coordinator to determine if your particular internship qualifies.

Application tips from the UMD Feller Center, BSOS:
  • Review tips for building your federal resume on USAJobs and other ways to stand out, on our Federal Application Tips page.
  • Build your resume in USAJobs to ensure you share all of the information required to apply.
  • Provide concrete examples of desired skills. Consider using the STAR method to articulate specific examples of your skills, including the tasks required, actions you took and the results.
  • The paragraph form is more accepted on a federal resume because it makes this type of experience sharing easier.
Need help preparing your application? Schedule a Career Planning appointment with the Feller Center's Career Planning staff.