Friday, October 21, 2011

Public Affairs Internship at Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration in Washington, DC

Public Affairs Internship Opportunity:
Social Media in Government
Are you interested in serving your country through social media? If so, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has an opportunity for you. VA seeks a flexible, high-energy and team-oriented intern to work on VA’s latest efforts to use social media and online technology to serve our Nation’s Veterans.

This position resides in Washington, DC in VA’s Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, located at 810 Vermont Ave. NW.

The position is unpaid and will typically last between 1-3 months.

For more information, please contact Andre Castillo at or (202) 573-6571, or Lauren Bailey at or (202) 461-6767.

Start and end dates are flexible, with the opportunity to start immediately.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to 


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be a currently enrolled or registered student.


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The duties of the Public Affairs Intern include:
  • Produce the new media portion of the daily Stand Up report
  • Gather data for the social media Weekly Report
  • Upload VA videos to YouTube and adding closed captioning
  • Assist with maintenance VA’s Flickr page (uploading photos, writing captions, etc.)
  • Post updates and interacting on Facebook and Twitter
  • Format homepage update packages for posting
  • Format guest blog pieces for publication
  • Assist in preparing presentations
  • Other tasks as needed


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Required skills for the position include:
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Desire to learn the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) business lines, or previous experience with the Department
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (specifically Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook)
  • Familiarity of and desire expand knowledge of online communications platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, FlickR and blogs such as WordPress

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***
An applicant must be:
  • A student:   A student is an individual who has been accepted for enrollment, or who is enrolled as a degree-seeking student in an accredited college or university;OR
  • A full- or part-time college or university junior, senior, or graduate student: An applicant is considered a junior if he/she will have completed all sophomore credits (60 or more semester hours or 90 quarter hours) or 2 full years of undergraduate study by the time the internship begins and will be entering at least the junior year immediately following completion of the internship.
NOTE:  A continuing student means you are returning to your academic coursework the semester or quarter directly following the completion of the internship.

NOTE:  Graduating seniors or college graduates intending to enroll in graduate school immediately following the completion of their internship are eligible to apply (you do not have to be accepted into graduate school at the time of application). See important note.

IMPORTANT: You are eligible to apply for the Department's internship program if you have not yet completed your registration at a college or university for graduate or post-graduate studies (including law school) or are awaiting an admissions determination for graduate or post-graduate studies (including law school).  However, in order to apply you must provide proof that you have registered, or have been accepted for enrollment, for studies in the semester or quarter immediately following the internship before you can begin your internship. 

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