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Job Title:Public Affairs Student Intern

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management

Job Announcement Number:OPIA - 632094 - Student Int

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$0.00 to $0.00 / Without Compensation

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, April 2, 2012 to Monday, April 30, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0099-01

POSITION INFORMATION:

Multiple Schedules - Other Student

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

01

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies - Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Public Affairs Student Internship Opportunity:
Social Media in Government

Are you interested in serving your country through photography, video, and digital media? If so, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has an opportunity for you. VA seeks flexible, high-energy and team-oriented interns to work on VA’s latest efforts to use multiple public affairs methods to serve our Nation’s Veterans.


This positions reside in Washington, DC in VA’s Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs (OPIA), located at 810 Vermont Ave. NW. 

Three offices within OPIA will be filling positions with this single announcement.  Please indicate in your application which office(s) you are applying to work with.

  1. Online Communications
  2. Media Products
  3. Media Relations

The position is unpaid and is for the Summer Semester starting in June and ending in August.

For additional information on internship programs in the VA, please visit the VA Internship Programs website!

For more information on this specific opportunity, please contact Lauren Bailey at Lauren.Bailey@va.gov or (202) 461-6767.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Must submit transcripts or proof of current enrollment.

DUTIES:

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The duties of Public Affairs Student Interns include:

For the OPIA - Online Communications Office:

  • 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 administrative tasks as needed

For the OPIA – Media Products Office:

  • Produce written drafts for print and video production
  • Research and gather data to support production products
  • Upload VA videos to YouTube and adding closed captioning
  • Assist with maintenance VA’s Flickr page (uploading photos, writing captions, etc.)
  • Assist in preparing presentations
  • Other administrative tasks as needed


For the OPIA – Media Relations Office:

  • Assist in the production and distribution of early-morning press clippings for the department
  • Research, draft and proof-read various written products, especially news releases and fact sheets
  • Assist in entering data in logs that document the office’s workload
  • Assist in preparing presentations

    Work Schedule: The work schedule will be decided between the student and the office at the time of selection.
    Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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    Desired skills for these positions include:

    For the OPIA – Online Communications Office:

    • Excellent written and oral communication
    • Knowledge of the Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Outstanding organizational skills
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (specifically Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook)
    • Familiarity of online communications platforms including Facebook, YouTube, FlickR and blogs such as WordPress
    • Flexible, high-energy and team oriented

    For the OPIA – Media Products Office:
    • Excellent written and oral communication
    • Willing to learn the Department of Veterans Affairs Business lines or experience with the Department
    • Outstanding organizational skills
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (specifically Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
    • Familiarity of online communications platforms including Facebook, YouTube, FlickR
    • Flexible, high-energy and team oriented
    • Desktop publishing (In Design)
    • Video editing (FinalCut Pro)
    • Experience transcribing video scripts
    • Interviewing (in person and telephone)
    • Experience shooting video

    For the OPIA – Media Relations Office:
    • Strong skills in written and oral communication
    • Knowledge of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the U.S. military
    • Detail-oriented, commitment to quality in the work place
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (specifically Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook)
    • Comfortable using the Internet to obtain or double-check information
    • Able to interact with specialized offices on technical issues, especially health-related
    • Flexible, high-energy and team-oriented

    An applicant must be:

    • 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.

    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.

    Students must be enrolled (but not necessarily attending), at least half-time, in:

    • an accredited high school or trade school;
    • a technical or vocational school;
    • a junior or community college;
    • a four-year college or university; or
    • any other accredited educational institution.


    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.


    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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html 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. ***

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully.


    BENEFITS:

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    Under 5 U.S.C. 3111, a student volunteer is not a Federal employee for any purposes other than injury compensation and law related to the Tort Claims Act.  Volunteer Service is not creditable for leave or any other employee benefits.


    OTHER INFORMATION:

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.



    HOW TO APPLY:

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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See “Required Documents” section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, April 30, 2012.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

    If you cannot apply online: you will need to complete the Occupational Questionnaire (View Occupational Questionnaire) by submitting your answers on the 1203FX form (http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf) and faxing the completed form with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. The 1203FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload: Complete the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using 632094.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

    Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    The following documents are required:

    • Resume
    • School enrollment confirmation: A transcript or other official confirmation of school enrollment must be included in your online application per the instructions below.  Both official AND unofficial transcripts are acceptable as part of the initial application process.  If you are a first year graduate student, please submit a copy of your most recent undergraduate transcript.

    NOTE:  If selected, students requesting school credit for their Student Volunteer internship, as well as high school students seeking an internship during their high school’s fall or winter/spring terms, must have an authorizing school official sign the Agreement to serve as a Student Volunteer prior to beginning the internship.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Lauren Bailey
    Phone: (202)461-6767
    Email: LAUREN.BAILEY@VA.GOV
    Agency Information:
    Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
    810 Vermont Ave NW
    Washington, DC
    20420

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    After the vacancy announcement closes you may be contacted by the Agency official responsible for this vacancy for further information.


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    Job Announcement Number:

    OPIA - 632094 - Student Int

    Control Number:

    313236100