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Virtual Student Federal Service application open JULY 1st

The Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) is an eight-month remote internship program for U.S. citizen students, college-level and above, who would like to make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government. 

eInternships run from September through May of each year.

The VSFS vacancy announcement is open July 1 – 31 on the website. During that time, students may find the listing by searching for “VSFS” or “Virtual Student Federal Service” on USAJOBS. Students may apply to up to three projects.

Review projects in advance here:; students may apply for up to 3 projects


Wednesday, July 1, 2020 12:00 PM

This townhall is geared toward providing an opportunity for COMPA young professionals and students to engage, express feelings, and share thoughts on recent events, including the COVID-19 pandemic relative to academic, health, and general well-being. The town hall provides an opportunity to constructively participate in the dialogue as one COMPA community about recent events and together brainstorm a pathway forward.

Speakers include 

Dean Gooden

Dr. Aziza Zemrani

Dr. Charles Menifield

Dr. Elizabeth Overman

Dr. RaJade M Berry-James

For details see the following link

National Scholarship Office Summer Information Sessions

The National Scholarship Office (NSO) will be hosting several virtual information sessions over the next several weeks, in which we will introduce the following awards and how to apply for them:

*Harvard Public Policy and Leadership Conference: Tuesday 6/30 @ 2pm*

Open to incoming first-year students and rising second-year students: This all-expenses-paid conference will take place next February 2021 at Harvard University, and will provide participants with opportunities for learning about public policy and leadership, building professional networks, and developing skills for graduate school and the workforce.

*Critical Language Scholarship: Wednesday 7/1 @ 2pm*

Open to all students (undergraduate and graduate) in all majors. This scholarship provides recipients with a fully-funded, summer intensive language study abroad experience. Recipients study one of fifteen critical languages, as determined by the U.S. Dept. of State.

*General Information Session: Thursday 7/2 @ noon*

Intended for new incoming students, rising second-year students, transfer students, and new graduate students, this session will provide an overview of the services and supports offered by the National Scholarship Office, as well as an introduction to a number of the awards we advise for.


*Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program: Thursday 7/2 @ 3pm*

This program is geared towards faculty and professionals (no undergraduate or graduate students unless you will defend and file your dissertation by April 2021). The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides opportunities for faculty and other professionals to engage in research, teaching, or other kinds of exchange projects in countries across the globe.

*National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF): Wednesday 7/8 @ 2pm*

For rising seniors, incoming graduate students, and rising second-year graduate students. The GRF funds up to three years of graduate study in the STEM (non-medical) fields.

*Goldwater Scholarship: Thursday 7/9 @ 2pm*

Intended for rising sophomores and juniors planning a career in science, math, technology, or research-based medicine. The Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 that can be used for educational expenses, and access to mentoring and an alumni network.

*Presidential Management Fellowship: Wednesday 7/15 @ 10am AND Thursday 7/16 @ 2pm*

Geared towards current graduate students and recent graduate alumni: The Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) aims to prepare future government leaders through a two-year appointment within a federal agency.

** Use this link to register for any of the listed information sessions.**

Please email Mr. Jeff Wing with any questions:


The upcoming summer session (1 hour per week) will be held virtually from July 7-August 14.The deadline has been extended to July 5. Students will be eligible for a $200 scholarship after completing the requirements. There are sections available to students who have 4 or more months of abstinence and there is also an Intro to Recovery for students who are just getting started on their recovery journey. Additionally, there is an opportunity for students who are further along in recovery to serve as mentors in the newcomer section.

Any applicant who completes the Summer pilot can choose to continue for the fall semester without a new application. Fall Semester sessions will begin August 17th. Applications are due August 6th. Applicants will receive a $500 scholarship at the end of the Fall Semester.  

Please share this application link with any students who may be interested. Thank you!

Internships/Opportunities Resource Reminder

As a reminder, OSS would like to reminder students of the VCU resources available for seeking internship, project-based experience, and volunteer opportunties: 

Handshake at VCU- if you never activated your account, see the attached for directions

Student Opportunty Center - a new VCU resource for students to find virtual experiential learning opportunities - archive of internships promoted through the WS Office of Student Success