How to Apply to VSFS Projects

Applications for the 2020-21 Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) program will be accepted July 1-31, 2020 on There is only one VSFS vacancy announcement.

Not sure how to apply or never used USAJOBS? See the instructions below to get a preview. You can also visit USAJOBS’s Help Center for more tips on applying to positions on the site.

(Note: These screen shots may look slightly different as USAJOBS continues to improve its services.)

There's a new way to sign in this year!
New way to sign in

It's called for safety and security.

Click on "Create an account" to get started. Tip: Use the "Remember this browser for 30 days" option to make sign-in a wee bit smoother. Enter security code

Once you've created your account, you'll check your email to confirm your address:
Check your email

After you confirm your password, you'll need to create a password- one that's at least 9 chracters long:

Create a strong password

Next step: another security measure- Your personal key!
Store your personal key

And now.. Hooray, you've created your account!

Now you're ready to create your profile on USAJOBS (if you don't already have one)!
Welcome Guest

After you create your profile, it's time to build your resume! Note:You MUST submit your resume using this form. For the Virtual Student Federal Service, we are only able to accept applications through the online built resume application.
Add New Resume
Need help? USAJOBS has great resume builder tips in their Help Center!

Add all the information you can:
all information
Once you've built your resume, go back to the USAJOBS home page and search the USAJOBS position listings for "VSFS" or "Virtual Student Federal Service".
Search VSFS
Search Virtual Student Federal Services
Once you see the VSFS position link, click "Apply" to start the application process! (After you've completed the USAJOBS application process, you'll submit your info and documents, and then be redirected to the U.S. Department of State jobs portal, where you can apply for up to three projects. To preview the projects go to the VSFS website and click on "See All Projects", and use the Search box to find specific projects.) Apply
This is the start of the USAJOBS application process! Click "Start Application" to begin.
Start application

Remember the resume you built? Click the circle at the top right-hand corner of your resume. A check mark will appear. Click the "Save & Continue" box at the bottom of the page to move on to "Select Documents".
Select resume
Select resume instructions
Upload your transcript (official or unofficial). Once you've uploaded and saved your transcript to your USAJOBS profile, you can also check it to attach to your application.

(While you are on the USAJOBS site, your resume and transcript are the only two documents you'll need to attach. After you enter the Department of State portal, you can also add a Statement of Interest for your selected projects.)

Review your package of documents. Resume and transcript selected and saved? Click the box to acknowledge that you have reviewed your resume and document(s).
Save and continue

You're almost there! To continue your application, read the certification message and click on the "Continue Application with Agency" box. Then click "Continue to Agency Site" to enter the Department of State portal.
Continue application

You'll know you've been re-directed to the Agency Site (called Gateway to State) when you see the page below. Click APPLY TO THIS VACANCY:
Welcome back
Agency Site: Submitting Personal Information
You will be asked a series of personal information questions to identify your eligibility.
Personal Information
Agency Site: Picking your Projects
Now it's time to choose your Top 3 projects!
Eligibility questions

Answer More Questions! (You're almost at the end, we promise.)

You will be asked to answer a few more questions, including one where you can add your statement of interest. You may include links to samples of your work online, your LinkedIn profile, or other appropriate online materials.

Since you may apply for up to three projects, try to include relevant links for those projects. Tip: try to note which of your skills apply to each project. Note: We have increased The Statement of Interest to 3500 words!
Statement of interest

And, finally..

Getting "Confirmation"

As you finish answering the questions, you will see blue check marks in the circles at the top of the page. Finally, you will need to upload your transcript again.

When your application has been successfully submitted, you will see a green check mark inside the last circle and the word “Confirmation” below it – which means you’re all done!

Need help accessing your full application? Pleasee contact the Help Desk at 1-866-656-6830 or

For non-technical questions or queries about the VSFS program, please email us at or reach us on Twitter