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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Prospective interns are required to have access to Adobe Acrobat CC, editing and proofreading skills, and a desire to help those with visual and auditory disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>The Analytics Department Team is responsible for analyzing the metrics on the Veterans Affairs online social media channels.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p> <a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61515/from-afghanistan-to-athlete-kierstie-ennis-conquers-adversity-extreme-sports/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” data-wpel-link=”external”><img alt=”” data-lazy-data-srcset=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-300×169.jpg 300w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-768×432.jpg 768w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-696×392.jpg 696w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1068×601.jpg 1068w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-747×420.jpg 747w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis.jpg 1920w” data-lazy-=”” data-src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” class=”wp-image-774 jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image–handled lazyloaded” src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” scale=”0″ data-lazy-loaded=”1″ sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px” /></a></p>
Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>The Instagram Department includes a Division Officer of Editing who performs extensive work in moderating the Trello workspace and the transfer of content to Salesforce.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Prospective interns are required to have access to Adobe Acrobat CC, editing and proofreading skills, and a desire to help those with visual and auditory disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p> <a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61515/from-afghanistan-to-athlete-kierstie-ennis-conquers-adversity-extreme-sports/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” data-wpel-link=”external”><img alt=”” data-lazy-data-srcset=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-300×169.jpg 300w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-768×432.jpg 768w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-696×392.jpg 696w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1068×601.jpg 1068w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-747×420.jpg 747w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis.jpg 1920w” data-lazy-=”” data-src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” class=”wp-image-774 jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image–handled lazyloaded” src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” scale=”0″ data-lazy-loaded=”1″ sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px” /></a></p>
Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Prospective interns are required to have access to Adobe Acrobat CC, editing and proofreading skills, and a desire to help those with visual and auditory disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p> <a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61515/from-afghanistan-to-athlete-kierstie-ennis-conquers-adversity-extreme-sports/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” data-wpel-link=”external”><img alt=”” data-lazy-data-srcset=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-300×169.jpg 300w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-768×432.jpg 768w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-696×392.jpg 696w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1068×601.jpg 1068w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-747×420.jpg 747w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis.jpg 1920w” data-lazy-=”” data-src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” class=”wp-image-774 jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image–handled lazyloaded” src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” scale=”0″ data-lazy-loaded=”1″ sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px” /></a></p>
Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>The Instagram Department includes a Division Officer of Editing who performs extensive work in moderating the Trello workspace and the transfer of content to Salesforce.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Prospective interns are required to have access to Adobe Acrobat CC, editing and proofreading skills, and a desire to help those with visual and auditory disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p> <a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61515/from-afghanistan-to-athlete-kierstie-ennis-conquers-adversity-extreme-sports/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” data-wpel-link=”external”><img alt=”” data-lazy-data-srcset=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-300×169.jpg 300w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-768×432.jpg 768w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-696×392.jpg 696w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1068×601.jpg 1068w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-747×420.jpg 747w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis.jpg 1920w” data-lazy-=”” data-src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” class=”wp-image-774 jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image–handled lazyloaded” src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” scale=”0″ data-lazy-loaded=”1″ sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px” /></a></p>
Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Prospective interns are required to have access to Adobe Acrobat CC, editing and proofreading skills, and a desire to help those with visual and auditory disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p> <a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61515/from-afghanistan-to-athlete-kierstie-ennis-conquers-adversity-extreme-sports/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” data-wpel-link=”external”><img alt=”” data-lazy-data-srcset=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-300×169.jpg 300w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-768×432.jpg 768w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-696×392.jpg 696w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1068×601.jpg 1068w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-747×420.jpg 747w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis.jpg 1920w” data-lazy-=”” data-src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” class=”wp-image-774 jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image–handled lazyloaded” src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” scale=”0″ data-lazy-loaded=”1″ sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px” /></a></p>
Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Prospective interns are required to have access to Adobe Acrobat CC, editing and proofreading skills, and a desire to help those with visual and auditory disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p> <a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61515/from-afghanistan-to-athlete-kierstie-ennis-conquers-adversity-extreme-sports/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” data-wpel-link=”external”><img alt=”” data-lazy-data-srcset=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-300×169.jpg 300w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-768×432.jpg 768w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-696×392.jpg 696w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1068×601.jpg 1068w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-747×420.jpg 747w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis.jpg 1920w” data-lazy-=”” data-src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” class=”wp-image-774 jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image–handled lazyloaded” src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” scale=”0″ data-lazy-loaded=”1″ sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px” /></a></p>
Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Prospective interns are required to have access to Adobe Acrobat CC, editing and proofreading skills, and a desire to help those with visual and auditory disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p> <a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61515/from-afghanistan-to-athlete-kierstie-ennis-conquers-adversity-extreme-sports/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” data-wpel-link=”external”><img alt=”” data-lazy-data-srcset=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-300×169.jpg 300w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-768×432.jpg 768w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-696×392.jpg 696w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1068×601.jpg 1068w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-747×420.jpg 747w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis.jpg 1920w” data-lazy-=”” data-src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” class=”wp-image-774 jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image–handled lazyloaded” src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” scale=”0″ data-lazy-loaded=”1″ sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px” /></a></p>
Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Prospective interns are required to have access to Adobe Acrobat CC, editing and proofreading skills, and a desire to help those with visual and auditory disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p> <a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61515/from-afghanistan-to-athlete-kierstie-ennis-conquers-adversity-extreme-sports/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” data-wpel-link=”external”><img alt=”” data-lazy-data-srcset=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-300×169.jpg 300w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-768×432.jpg 768w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-696×392.jpg 696w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1068×601.jpg 1068w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-747×420.jpg 747w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis.jpg 1920w” data-lazy-=”” data-src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” class=”wp-image-774 jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image–handled lazyloaded” src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” scale=”0″ data-lazy-loaded=”1″ sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px” /></a></p>
Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Prospective interns are required to have access to Adobe Acrobat CC, editing and proofreading skills, and a desire to help those with visual and auditory disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p> <a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61515/from-afghanistan-to-athlete-kierstie-ennis-conquers-adversity-extreme-sports/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” data-wpel-link=”external”><img alt=”” data-lazy-data-srcset=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-300×169.jpg 300w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-768×432.jpg 768w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-696×392.jpg 696w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1068×601.jpg 1068w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-747×420.jpg 747w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis.jpg 1920w” data-lazy-=”” data-src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” class=”wp-image-774 jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image–handled lazyloaded” src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” scale=”0″ data-lazy-loaded=”1″ sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px” /></a></p>
Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Prospective interns are required to have access to Adobe Acrobat CC, editing and proofreading skills, and a desire to help those with visual and auditory disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p> <a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61515/from-afghanistan-to-athlete-kierstie-ennis-conquers-adversity-extreme-sports/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” data-wpel-link=”external”><img alt=”” data-lazy-data-srcset=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-300×169.jpg 300w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-768×432.jpg 768w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-696×392.jpg 696w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1068×601.jpg 1068w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-747×420.jpg 747w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis.jpg 1920w” data-lazy-=”” data-src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” class=”wp-image-774 jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image–handled lazyloaded” src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” scale=”0″ data-lazy-loaded=”1″ sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px” /></a></p>
Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Prospective interns are required to have access to Adobe Acrobat CC, editing and proofreading skills, and a desire to help those with visual and auditory disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Prospective interns are required to have access to Adobe Acrobat CC, editing and proofreading skills, and a desire to help those with visual and auditory disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p> <a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61515/from-afghanistan-to-athlete-kierstie-ennis-conquers-adversity-extreme-sports/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” data-wpel-link=”external”><img alt=”” data-lazy-data-srcset=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-300×169.jpg 300w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-768×432.jpg 768w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-696×392.jpg 696w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1068×601.jpg 1068w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-747×420.jpg 747w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis.jpg 1920w” data-lazy-=”” data-src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” class=”wp-image-774 jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image–handled lazyloaded” src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” scale=”0″ data-lazy-loaded=”1″ sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px” /></a></p>
Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Prospective interns are required to have access to Adobe Acrobat CC, editing and proofreading skills, and a desire to help those with visual and auditory disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p> <a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61515/from-afghanistan-to-athlete-kierstie-ennis-conquers-adversity-extreme-sports/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” data-wpel-link=”external”><img alt=”” data-lazy-data-srcset=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-300×169.jpg 300w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-768×432.jpg 768w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-696×392.jpg 696w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1068×601.jpg 1068w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-747×420.jpg 747w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis.jpg 1920w” data-lazy-=”” data-src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” class=”wp-image-774 jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image–handled lazyloaded” src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” scale=”0″ data-lazy-loaded=”1″ sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px” /></a></p>
Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>The Instagram Department includes a Division Officer of Editing who performs extensive work in moderating the Trello workspace and the transfer of content to Salesforce.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Prospective interns are required to have access to Adobe Acrobat CC, editing and proofreading skills, and a desire to help those with visual and auditory disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p> <a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61515/from-afghanistan-to-athlete-kierstie-ennis-conquers-adversity-extreme-sports/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” data-wpel-link=”external”><img alt=”” data-lazy-data-srcset=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-300×169.jpg 300w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-768×432.jpg 768w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-696×392.jpg 696w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1068×601.jpg 1068w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-747×420.jpg 747w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis.jpg 1920w” data-lazy-=”” data-src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” class=”wp-image-774 jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image–handled lazyloaded” src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” scale=”0″ data-lazy-loaded=”1″ sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px” /></a></p>
Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Prospective interns are required to have access to Adobe Acrobat CC, editing and proofreading skills, and a desire to help those with visual and auditory disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p> <a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61515/from-afghanistan-to-athlete-kierstie-ennis-conquers-adversity-extreme-sports/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” data-wpel-link=”external”><img alt=”” data-lazy-data-srcset=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-300×169.jpg 300w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-768×432.jpg 768w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-696×392.jpg 696w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1068×601.jpg 1068w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-747×420.jpg 747w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis.jpg 1920w” data-lazy-=”” data-src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” class=”wp-image-774 jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image–handled lazyloaded” src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” scale=”0″ data-lazy-loaded=”1″ sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px” /></a></p>
Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p> <a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61515/from-afghanistan-to-athlete-kierstie-ennis-conquers-adversity-extreme-sports/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” data-wpel-link=”external”><img alt=”” data-lazy-data-srcset=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-300×169.jpg 300w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-768×432.jpg 768w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-696×392.jpg 696w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1068×601.jpg 1068w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-747×420.jpg 747w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis.jpg 1920w” data-lazy-=”” data-src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” class=”wp-image-774 jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image–handled lazyloaded” src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” scale=”0″ data-lazy-loaded=”1″ sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px” /></a></p>
Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p> <a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61515/from-afghanistan-to-athlete-kierstie-ennis-conquers-adversity-extreme-sports/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” data-wpel-link=”external”><img alt=”” data-lazy-data-srcset=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-300×169.jpg 300w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-768×432.jpg 768w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-696×392.jpg 696w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1068×601.jpg 1068w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-747×420.jpg 747w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis.jpg 1920w” data-lazy-=”” data-src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” class=”wp-image-774 jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image–handled lazyloaded” src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” scale=”0″ data-lazy-loaded=”1″ sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px” /></a></p>
Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p><span>Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the <a href=”https://www.va.gov/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Department of Veterans Affairs</a> website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.</span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</span></p>
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<p><span>Editing Interns refine content that the VA DME Team and interns produce so that millions of individuals engaged with the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point blog</a> and social media channels enjoy well-presented content. After other interns write and submit a blog post, editing interns review these posts for accuracy, typos, adherence to VA style, and Director preferences. Editing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</span></p>
Added: <p><span>Prospective interns show past content editing experience for a school newspaper, blog, newsletter, publication, or other communication platform. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required. </span></p>
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Added: <p><span>Please visit the <a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a> page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.  </span></p>
<p>Facebook Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.facebook.com/VeteransAffairs/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a><span> </span>Page, which disseminates content to over 1.2 million individuals who have “liked” the page and to others who may see its content. Facebook interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across social platforms that were originally written for the VA’s blog, VAntage Point. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- addresses and social security numbers – and even threats made towards oneself or others), and subsequently label and report them appropriately.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Facebook, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>The VA’s content is disseminated across various social media channels and reaches millions of followers. As such, the accuracy and appropriateness of information are critical to ensure that featured Veterans get the respect they deserve or that audiences are informed about the correct facts. Fact Checking Interns also called “Researchers”, are the cornerstone of all of the DME Team’s produced content as they ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of information disseminated in the VA’s Social Media platforms and on the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog. Fact Checking Interns ensure that graphics contain accurate and appropriate information, that written materials’ facts are correct and have appropriate content, and that blog post graphics use images that are appropriate and copyright free. If the content is delivered with inaccurate information, it not only distracts from the quality of the content but is a disservice to the Veteran who is featured. As such, Fact Checking interns are expected to exercise meticulous attention to detail at all times.</p>
Added: <p>The Fact Checking department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/writing/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Writing</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have excellent research skills, writing skills, strong attention to detail, and strong teamwork skills. Prior Trello experience is recommended. Though not required, knowledge of military medals, uniforms, and equipment (e.g. types of ships, tanks, aircraft, weapons, etc.) and of US military history is beneficial.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p> <a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/61515/from-afghanistan-to-athlete-kierstie-ennis-conquers-adversity-extreme-sports/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” data-wpel-link=”external”><img alt=”” data-lazy-data-srcset=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-300×169.jpg 300w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-768×432.jpg 768w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-696×392.jpg 696w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1068×601.jpg 1068w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-747×420.jpg 747w, https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis.jpg 1920w” data-lazy-=”” data-src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” class=”wp-image-774 jetpack-lazy-image jetpack-lazy-image–handled lazyloaded” src=”https://dmeinterns.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kirstie-Ennis-1024×576.jpg” scale=”0″ data-lazy-loaded=”1″ sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px” /></a></p>
Added: <p>Graphic Design Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members with important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Graphic Design Interns plan, design, develop, modify, and complete visual information projects for web-based visual media products to communicate with Veterans, their family members and the public on matters affecting their daily lives from health care and insurance to monetary compensation and suicide prevention. Graphic Design interns contribute in diverse ways to VA content such as through producing graphics for special projects such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and the <a href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a><span> </span>graphics, and editing photos published on<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>the VA’s Instagram channel.</a></p>
Added: <p>The Graphic Design department includes Division Officers who work extensively on<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a><span> </span>as well as with other internship departments, notably<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/web/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Web</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/instagram/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Instagram</a>.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review previously created graphics (such as the graphic on this page,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Ray_Severson.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this Veteran of the Day graphic</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Clint-Hill-AVS-730×411.jpg” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>this graphic for A Veteran’s Story</a>) as they represent the minimum level of quality expected of them. A prospective intern should have their own computer, their own license to Adobe Photoshop, and proficiency in using Adobe Photoshop.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The Human Resources Internship was created in the 2018-2019 school year to assist in the management of intern selection, training, and professional development. Human Resources Interns help onboard new interns, develop procedures and policies for the internship program, develop and lead weekly discussions on career development, answering intern questions about job interview processes, and compiling LinkedIn profiles and resumes of interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong attention to detail, excellent writing skills, experience working in a dynamic team environment, a desire to cultivate and manage a diverse workplace, and a desire to help others grow professionally.</p>
Added: <p>The Human Resources Department Head also supervises Division Officers for the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/turnover/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Turnover</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/recruiter/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Recruiter</a><span> </span>Internships. Please visit those pages for additional information on those internships.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s</span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/deptvetaffairs/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external” style=”font-size: 14px;”>Instagram</a><span style=”font-size: 14px;”> </span><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>Channel, which disseminates content to over 107,000 followers. Instagram interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Instagram content to disseminate to our audience. Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Instagram interns will often use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms and collaborate with their fellow interns on Trello. They will also play a role in finding comments that require action (such as vulgar comments or slurs, spam, personally identifiable information- like addresses and social security numbers- and threats towards oneself or others), and subsequently, label and report them appropriately.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Instagram, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Podcast Interns directly supports the host and producer of the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/podcast/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Borne the Battle Podcast</a>. The Borne the Battle Podcast aims to promote Veteran advocacy, inspire Veterans, keep Veterans updated with new VA information, promote Veteran advocacy, and educate VA employees about the Veteran population.</p>
Added: <p>Podcast Interns perform various tasks to support the Borne the Battle Podcast. The Coordinating Producer Intern assists in developing the concept, guest schedule, and promotion of podcast episodes. Podcast Transcription Interns transcribe podcast episodes once every two weeks to ensure that all audience members have access to podcast content. The Podcast Production Assistant Interns develop video compilations, episode highlights, and other video content that supports the podcast. Podcast Project Manager Interns manage Podcast Intern workflows and perform other tasks delegated by the Borne the Battle Podcast host to ensure excellent podcast production.</p>
Added: <p>The Podcast Department includes a Division Officer for Video Production work due to the growing importance of developing video content to disseminate the podcast to a wider audience.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have listened to multiple episodes of the Borne the Battle podcast prior to applying and have a strong desire to serve Veterans and highlight their stories. Successful Podcast Interns should have an understanding of 508 standards for accessibility compliance, excellent grammar, organizational abilities, communication skills, and project management abilities. Successful Podcast Interns are expected to have their own Internet access, computer, necessary software to perform work.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Photo Finder Interns ensure that the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” data-wpel-link=”external” target=”_blank” rel=”external noopener noreferrer”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog’s new stories, VA social media channels, and other media projects feature quality images. Photo Finders search the Internet, federal agencies, and VA social media channels for high quality, copyright-free images and create a repository of photos for use by fellow DME interns and other VA content creators. These images may depict various VA Medical Centers, cemeteries, monuments, Veteran programs, Veterans during conflicts, Veterans using various weapons, etc. Photo Finder Interns must also add relevant tags to images on the VAntage Point blog.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research ability and attention to detail to find and select quality graphics.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p>Social Analytics Interns play an integral role in analyzing metrics on the VA’s online and social media channels. Interns work in Salesforce Social Studio to analyze the metrics for content in various social media channels, using data to provide insights on audience reception of content, strengths, weaknesses, improvement opportunities, etc. Social Analytics interns work with Google Analytics data for the VA’s official blog, VAntage Point. These interns may also review and add appropriate labels to social media posts to improve metric accuracy, provide metrics in response to internal queries, develop performance reports for social media campaigns, and more.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have strong research skills and knowledge or experience managing social media platforms, including but not limited to<span> </span><a href=”https://www.facebook.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Facebook</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://www.instagram.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Instagram</a>,<span> </span><a href=”https://twitter.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a>, and<span> </span><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>YouTube</a>. Prospective interns should have skill, coursework, or experience in data analysis.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
<p>The VA Digital Media Engagement (DME) Team coordinates several special projects that extend other internships or address unique needs for Veterans.</p>
Added: <p>Two prominent special projects are<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/operationsong/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>#OperationSong</a>. Due to their prominence, both of these special projects function as a department and have dedicated<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/dept-head/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Department Heads</a>. Other departments such as<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/graphic-design/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Graphic Design</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/fact-checking/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>Fact Checking</a><span> </span>have Division Officers who work on these special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in special projects.</p>
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Added: <p>Twitter Interns play a key role in the operations of the VA’s<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Twitter (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://twitter.com/deptvetaffairs” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Twitter</a><span> </span>feed, which publishes content to over 624,000 followers. Twitter interns are responsible for finding positive content regarding recent events and items of interest to Veterans and creating Twitter content to disseminate to our audience.</p>
Added: <p>Due to their frequent work with the VA’s social media platforms, Twitter interns will use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms. As such, the Twitter Department is run by a Department Head who performs extensive work in managing the drafted Tweets created by interns.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should have experience using Twitter, concise writing skills, attention to detail, strong teamwork skills, and an understanding of social media management.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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<p><span style=”font-size: 14px;”>The Web Department in the DME’s Internship Program consists of the Web Development Internship and Web Content Management Internship. Prospective interns should have a WordPress experience, strong communication skills, and an understanding of web development (especially front-end web development). Trello experience is strongly recommended for Web Content Management interns.</span></p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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Added: <p>2019-2020 Web Development Interns work on our internship website, https://dmeinterns.org.  Team members will have access to a development site.  The DH will move content or implement changes to the live site. </p>
Added: <p>Team members may be called upon to install or update plugins and themes, modify WordPress settings, update theme settings, create sliders, edit pages using various page builders, update menus, widgets and page settings as well as managing users, updating SEO metadata, work on CSS, and maybe even do some custom coding too.</p>
Added: <p>You are joining a team of fellow interns just like yourself.  Your DH is also an intern.  This is our second year recruiting interns from the VSFS program.  We have had great success in the past working with interns just like you and look forward to continuing that record!</p>
Added: <p><strong>Team History:</strong><br />The Web Development Internship was created in 2018-2019 in an effort to upgrade the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog and better manage communications among internship stakeholders (both internal and external). Web Development Interns in 2018-2019 reviewed a previously-completed Usability Audit Review to improve the VAntage Point blog, determined appropriate upgrades from this Usability Audit Review, chose a more modern theme using sites such as<span> </span><a href=”https://themeforest.net/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer external” data-wpel-link=”external”>Themeforest</a>, and built a mock blog that led to the modification of the VAntage Point blog. Web Development Interns developed this<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wpel-link=”internal”>DME Internship Website</a><span> </span>in 2018-2019. Interns in 2019-2020 are responsible for managing internship website permissions, adding new pages and content to the internship website, updating the internship website to present accurate and current information for external parties, and offering suggestions on future upgrades of the VAntage Point blog.</p>
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Added: <p>The Web Content Management Internship is a new program created in 2019-2020 to help streamline web communications with key stakeholders interested in Veteran’s Affairs. Web Content Management Interns work with content-producing interns (especially those producing material for the<span> </span><a href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog) by taking materials on<span> </span><a href=”https://trello.com/en-US” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener external” aria-label=”Trello (opens in a new tab)” data-wpel-link=”external”>Trello<span> </span></a>and synthesizing them into WordPress posts prior to official publication. Web Content Management Interns also assist Web Development interns in saving important information shared in e-mails or Slack messages within the DME Team and present them on password-protected parts of this website.</p>
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<p>Writing Interns learn the fundamentals of operating in a cabinet-level agency while reaching out to nearly 21 million Veterans and their family members. Writing Interns take their roles seriously, as the content of each article is representative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the veteran(s) highlighted in the piece. Writers serve on a variety of teams to apply their expertise to bring veterans’ stories to life. The major ongoing project is<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/category/veteran/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>Veteran of the Day</a>, where a veteran is highlighted on the VA’s social media outlets to honor each veteran. Writers also contribute to special projects, such as writing highlights for Operation Song, which is a partnership with the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”http://www.operationsong.org/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>eponymous organization</a><span> </span>that tells a veteran’s story through song. Writers also write for<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://dmeinterns.org/a-veterans-story/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”internal”>A Veteran’s Story</a>, which is written in the form of a narrative story of the veteran’s service. Writers also write special pieces on an ad hoc basis that cover different veterans or veteran-related events or provide important information about compensation, health care, education and other benefits. Writing Interns will often work with the VA’s social media platforms and accordingly use Salesforce Social Studio to schedule social content across these platforms.</p>
Added: <p>Prospective interns should review articles on the<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>VAntage Point</a><span> </span>blog (such as<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56282/army-veteran-jackie-robinson/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample Veteran of the Day article</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a rel=”noreferrer noopener external” href=”https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/56636/celebrating-lou-covingtons-100th-birthday-service-u-s-navy/” target=”_blank” data-wpel-link=”external”>this sample article written for A Veteran’s Story</a>) to understand the writing style and minimum level of quality required. A prospective intern should have their own computer, word-processing software, a desire to share information about topics important to Veterans, and proficiency in writing quality articles on a wide range of topics. Prior social media management experience is helpful but not required.</p>
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Added: <p>Please visit the<span> </span><a href=”https://dmeinterns.org/how-to-apply/” data-wpel-link=”internal”>How to Apply</a><span> </span>page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.</p>
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