Project Code: VA-USA-56
|Project Title||Researcher - A Veteran's Story|
|Project Summary||Researchers are the backbone for all of our social media posts and special projects. We publish many stories about our nation’s Veterans, and we want to make sure ALL of the facts and information are correct before publishing.|
|Agency||Veterans Affairs Department|
|Number of Interns||50|
As a Researching intern for A Veteran’s Story, you will collaborate with editors and writers to research and fact-check submitted information and provided additional context for print and web-based products that may include video and audio podcast.
A Veteran’s Story is a special project that provides in-depth stories about a Veteran’s excellent work during or after their service. You will also work with graphic designers to ensure their work is period correct, contains accurate information and is appropriate to communicate the information accurately. Additionally, you will check sources of images used in blog post graphics to ensure that they are applicable to the content and copyright free.
Our content is published across multiple social media channels with well over a million followers. Any piece of content we publish may be seen by tens of thousands of people. So, when we publish a story honoring a Veteran, we must be sure that we get all of the facts correct.
Meticulous attention to detail is strongly recommended for this position. Also, knowledge of military uniforms, medals, and equipment (weapons systems, ship types, tanks, aircraft etc) is preferred, though not required.
**NOTE: Fact checkers / Researchers play a VERY important role on this team. You will be the last line of defense between a content creator and embarrassment. If someone uses a bronze star instead of a purple heart, you can step in and point that out. If a graphic designer uses the Army seal instead of the Marine Corps seal, you can step in and point that out. If someone uses a tank from the Korean War era in a WWII graphic, you can step in and point that out. If a Veteran served in Vietnam, but the writer of the blog post mentioned a battle in the Korean War, you can point that out. If the service dates of a Veteran do not match up to the dates of the war they said they served in, you can point that out. Your ability to pay attention to EVERY detail will help to ensure that the content we publish does honor to the Veteran we are featuring rather than distracting from their deeds due to mistakes and incorrect information.
The Department of Veterans Affairs' Digital Media Engagement Team internship is one of the largest and most established internship programs available through the Virtual Student Federal Service. Last year, our internship had approximately 120 interns in various departments and leadership positions. If you want to join a team that is well structured and will offer meaningful work that will help you build skills that you can actually add to your resume, then you should definitely join our team.
For more information about interning with the Department of Veterans Affairs' Digital Media Engagement Team VSFS Internship program, please visit: https://dmeinterns.org/.