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State Department VSFS

Students attending law school in the mid-west often feel that internship opportunities with the State Department and other government agencies are out of reach! Not so!  State Department

Students that don’t study or live in the shadow of the Washington Monument have interesting and compelling internship opportunities with U.S. State Department through the Virtual Student Foreign Service.

VSFS engages civil society in the work of the government by harnessing the expertise and digital excellence of U.S. students–eInterns. These are “real work” projects that contribute to the work of the assigning agency.

The  2015 projects included work from the following government agencies, among others:

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Weather Service
  • Peace Corps
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Program Details

U.S. students apply to VSFS once a year in July. Applications for the 2016-2017 program will be available during May-July via Interviews and additional information requests (including writing samples) will be in August. All applicants will be notified of selection or non-selection by mid-September.

Want some advice on how to make your application stand-out or just learn about the diplomatic service? Robert Neus, is the State Department’s Diplomat-in-Residence for Indiana and other mid-western states. You can follow him on Facebook @ DOS Diplomat in Residence – Midwest and see his bio and contact information here.

Selected students are expected to virtually intern an average of ten hours per week from September 2016 through May 2017. Some students have received course credit for their VSFS eInternships through their own efforts with their colleges and universities.

For more information on VSFS, please visit the FAQ section. Email if you have questions that were not addressed on the FAQ site. Sign up to receive updates from VSFS at and for email updates from State Department student programs, here.  These updates will announce the opening and closing of the 2016-2017 application period.



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