Virtual Student Federal Service Program: College Internships in 33 Federal Agencies including State and USAID

Are you a college professor or student looking to establish an internship with a federal agency, and are not in DC?  You can do it virtually through the Virtual Student Federal Service Program!  Over 33 federal agencies participate.  The program is free, and most students (you need to be a college student, including in community college!) work about 10 hours per week over the course of two semesters.  It’s a great chance to learn about the federal government including those agencies working on international issues.  And it’s all virtual: Internet, Skype, etc.   Students have worked for embassies, USAID missions, Peace Corps and around the world!


About 1,300 students are accepted every year.  The application date for 2018 is the end of July 2018.  (About twice that many apply).  A student applies directly with the agency offering the program. The agency person then selects the intern.  The relationship is directly between the agency and the student.

The program was envisioned by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009 and first was called the Virtual Student Foreign Service.  It was then expanded to other agencies.  It’s a great chance to learn about the government, build a resume, and offer meaningful work to the U.S. government and the American people!


More information can be found at or by emailing  Students should there to find out more, apply through

Click below for more information.

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Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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