Project Code: VA-USA-33
|Project Title||Researcher - Operation Song|
|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|
Operation Song is a special project on the VAntage Point blog. This project features Veterans who have collaborated with the nonprofit organization Operation Song to share their story through song. As a Researching intern, you will collaborate with editors and writers to research and fact-check submitted information and provide additional context for print and web-based products including video and audio podcasts. 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.
Where an editor is looking for correct grammar, you will be looking for verifiable facts. You will question every statement, every photo, every award or location or date of service. If something doesn't sound right, you will research and get to the bottom of it.
Meticulous attention to detail is strongly recommended for this position. Knowledge of military uniforms, medals, and equipment (weapons systems, ship types, tanks, aircraft etc) is preferred, though not required.
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/.
**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.