Why Students Should Intern With the Federal Government

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Friday, September 3, 2021


This summer I had the opportunity to continue my internship with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Digital Media Engagement Team (DME). It was a great experience that allowed me to strengthen my leadership and project management skills and contribute to projects that highlight the achievements of our nation’s heroes. I found this program through the Virtual Student Federal Service program, which helps students find internships with the federal government. 

Here are the reasons you should consider applying for an internship with the VSFS!

  1. There’s something for everyone! Whether you’re interested in agriculture, economics, defense, or the environment there will likely be a VSFS internship that interests you. 
  2. It runs throughout the school year.
  3. It’s completely virtual, so there’s no need to stress over finding somewhere near where you live during the school year or needing to move to a new city for the summer.
  4. Each internship only requires 10 hours per week, so you’ll have time for class, extracurriculars, and perhaps a part-time job or second internship!
  5. Although internships through the VSFS aren’t paid, you may be able to earn credit and be given funding from your school. 
  6. You won’t be doing busy work. Instead, you’ll be contributing to real-world projects with the federal government. For example at the DME, you’ll contribute to articles and other projects that help highlight Veterans and potentially work on projects that help Veterans find resources in their community.
  7. Interning with the DME is a valuable experience, even if you plan to work in politics or another unrelated field! You’ll gain skills in your assigned department (such as writing, social media, or editing) and throughout the internship, you’ll be able to improve upon more general skills which may include communication, research, and leadership skills which will be critical no matter what career path you follow. 
  8. If you intern with the DME you may be able to stay with the team through the summer and each year you are in school.
  9. You may also have the opportunity to be promoted into a leadership role! For example, I started out as a writing intern and by the end of the academic year, I was promoted to a department head intern. There are other opportunities as well such as Division Officers, the Executive Leadership Team, and Executive Officers.
  10. You would be interning with the Federal Government which will look fantastic on your resume. Along with that, you’ll have the opportunity to make valuable connections. At the DME, interns are able to connect with each other, get advice on their resumes, and even learn about job opportunities.

 

Isabel Nulter is a Junior at Framingham State University where she is studying Criminology and Psychology. She is passionate about Limited Government and Photography, and never leaves the house without a good book!

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Isabel Nulter

Isabel Nulter is a Junior at Framingham State University where she is studying Criminology and Psychology. She is passionate about Limited Government and Photography, and never leaves the house without a good book!

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