Virtual Student Foreign Service Internship Program

Virtual Student Foreign Service Internship Program

Apply Now Through July 22

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The U.S. Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship program is bigger and better than ever! This year, we have over 900 vacancies at 30 U.S. Government agencies. The 309 projects available this year can be found here. Students can apply between July 2 – 22 on USAJobs to their top three projects.

VSFS is a way for the American public and government employees to collaborate on projects of global importance. Selected applicants will contribute up to 10 hours per week from September 2016 through May 2017 working on projects from a U.S. Mission abroad or a domestic government office. As eInterns, students will play an important role in advancing the federal government’s reach in diplomacy, development, space, journalism, trade, environment, health, agriculture, technology, housing and other essential initiatives. Together, we can create a more effective, efficient, and smarter government that takes advantage of an engaged and participatory citizenry.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in university level courses in the U.S. or abroad. Last year, we had students in programs ranging from undergraduate to PhD levels, both full and part-time, taking courses in person or online. A resume, transcript, and statement of interest are required as part of the application process. Interviews may be conducted in August. eInternships are unpaid and do not require a security clearance or travel.

The following agencies are participating in the 2016-17 VSFS program:

  • Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Agriculture Department (USDA)
  • American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)
  • Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG)
  • Census Bureau (USCB)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Commerce Department (DOC)
  • Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
  • Defense Health Agency (DHA)
  • Department of Defense (DOD)
  • Department of State (STATE)
  • Education Department (DOE)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Federal Student Aid (FSA)
  • General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • National Parks Service (NPS)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
  • Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Peace Corps (PC)
  • Smithsonian Institution (SI)
  • Veterans Affairs Department (VA)

Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Connect on the website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.

We appreciate your interest in the U.S. Department of State.

American Heart Association (AHA) Career Chat

The American Heart Association (AHA) offers a variety of internships to students who are interested in learning more about AHA. Our point of view is that our interns are our talent of the future for AHA.  Therefore, we seek out students who are in their sophomore or junior year of undergraduate study and students who have completed their first year of study in their graduate program.

Join us for #TheAHALife Career Chat

The AHA is hosting ‘#TheAHALife Career Chat’ – a LIVE Chat on Periscope & Twitter on June 29th at 11am CST to share more about job opportunities in our fundraising team. We would like to invite your students to join our LIVE chat. We promise that every attendee will get a great peak inside what AHA’s fundraising team does and to learn more about the various job opportunities AHA has across the country.

Here is the link to join TheAHALife Community:

What’s in it for students?

AHA’s fundraising leadership team, will facilitate the chat and your students’ questions. Your students will gain insight to job tips as well as the types of backgrounds they seek in a candidate.

How can students participate in the LIVE Chat?

  • Students can tweet their questions & comments with hashtag #TheAHALife during the live event
  • Students can join us on Periscope @American_Heart and add their comments during the live event
  • Here is a link with more information:

Public Service Fellows Program

The Partnership’s Public Service Fellows Program provides the opportunity for current students and recent graduates to develop professional skills while helping transform how government works.

Our fellows do substantive, meaningful work that is integral to our day-to-day operations, programs and activities. Duties vary across our teams, but include event planning, research, writing and working with outside partners, including federal agencies and colleges and universities.


Fellows have opportunities to grow personally as well as professionally through workshops and training sessions geared toward students and young professionals. We offer the following compensation (less applicable taxes and deductions):

  • $1000/month for fellows with an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • $800/month for fellows who have not yet graduated

Pay is pro-rated for part-time fellows.

Who Should Apply

We strive to be inclusive and actively recruit for diversity, believing that a range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences contributes to our mission of revitalizing government.

We seek extraordinary applicants who:

  • Are committed to public service
  • Have strong written and oral communication skills
  • Think analytically
  • Work well in teams

If you share our passion, we want to hear from you.

Applications for the 2016 fall term close on Friday, July 8. Apply today!

U.S. Department of State accepting applications for Recent Graduates Program (RGP)

We are now accepting applications for the Recent Graduates Program (RGP).

The RGP targets recent graduates of trade and vocational schools, community colleges, universities, and other qualifying educational institutions or programs. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion.

Position Announcement Number
Human Resources Specialist HRSC/ACWA-2016-0016
Program Analyst HRSC/ACWA-2016-0017
Budget Analyst HRSC/ACWA-2016-0018
Information Technology Specialist HRSC/ACWA-2016-0021

A complete application must be submitted by 11:59PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration. This includes submitting the online application as well as any required documents as defined in the Required Documents section in the listed announcement. Candidates are encouraged to complete their applications well before the application deadline to ensure they receive consideration.

There is a maximum number of applications for each vacancy announcement. The vacancy will close on the closing date listed in the announcement or when the maximum number of applications is received. The vacancy will close when the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same.

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GoGov Twitter Chat, May 5th

GoGovEver wonder what it’s like to work for the federal government? Join the Partnership for Public Service and Young Government Leaders on Thursday, May 5 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST for a Twitter chat on why millennials should consider a career in public service.

Tweet your questions about how to navigate the hiring process and land a federal job to @RPublicService with the hashtag #AskGoGov. During the chat, young federal employees will answer your questions and will talk about why they chose to #GoGov!


This chat is being held in honor of Public Service Recognition Week, which is celebrated the first week of May. This annual event is organized annually by the Public Employees Roundtable (PER) and its member organizations to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees.