About the VA DME Team

What We Do To Help the VA

The Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs (OPIA) within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) aims to develop creative ways for government communication with Veterans. Within the OPIA is the Digital Media Engagement Team (DME) Team, a small, flexible group of professionals who champions innovative ideas and creative thinking, which it has leveraged to become one of the U.S. federal government’s most successful social media teams

To help further realize the OPIA’s aims, the DME Team collaborated in 2016 with over 100 interns from the Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) Program. Through this collaboration, interns all over the US have aided the DME team in areas such as research, graphic design, writing, editing,and video production. Many VA channels including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and the VAntage Point blog feature the work of these interns. Interns also play a key role in developing the VA’s Borne the Battle podcast.

Due to high satisfaction with the performance of VSFS interns in the first year of the program, the DME Team has expanded its program in subsequent years with more internships such as social media, podcasting, web development, project management, and human resources. This website, created in the third year of the program (2018-2019), is one byproduct of this expanded collaboration between DME Staff and VSFS interns.

Please visit the How to Apply page for more information on the application process to this internship program.