Here, on DigitalGov, you can make government services and information better by sharing your tales, talents, and time. We know there’s a lot of innovation going on in agencies because we’ve seen it. We’ve seen the fruits of your experiments, read your strategies and RFPs, and watched you try new approaches to old problems. These are stepping stones, ladders, and accelerators for other agencies.
Virtual Student Federal Service — #ApplyInJuly to Be an Intern for the Innovation Portfolio
Are you a U.S. college student looking for a way to make a real difference in the work of your government, while also gaining job experience and connections?
Through the Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) program, students can work on projects that advance the work of government on multiple fronts. Tech-related projects include developing virtual programs, engaging in digital communications, data analysis, graphic design, and building apps.
U.S. students apply to their top three VSFS projects from July 1 to July 31 on USAJOBS.gov. VSFS supervisors will review applications between August 1 and August 31 and may contact VSFS candidates for a virtual interview. As part of the interview, candidates may be asked to show examples of their expertise and work. All candidates will hear by early September 2019 if they have been offered a position.
Selected interns work on their projects for 10 hours each week, from September 2019 through May 2020. Some interns work with their academic institutions to receive course credit for their VSFS participation.
Our Innovation Portfolio is looking to select five virtual interns for the following three positions:
Project Title: Design the future of the U.S. Web Design System (USWDS)
Number of interns: 2
Project Title: CitizenScience.gov Website Developer
Number of interns: 1
Project Summary: Help accelerate innovation across the U.S. government working with the CitizenScience.gov Program. We need your help to refine functional elements of our website to better serve the federal workforce, our partners, and the public.
Project Title: Citizen Science Communicator
Number of interns: 2
Project Summary: Help accelerate innovation across the U.S. government working with the CitizenScience.gov Program. We need your ideas on how to communicate about the impact of the public participating voluntarily in the scientific process to addressing real-world issues.
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What’s in it for you?
- Make government better.
- Get published.
- Show everyone what you know.
- Learn or hone skills.
- Connect with other digital government innovators.
- Earn badges!
What types of articles are we looking for? We want posts on what government is doing in digital, general digital news, trends and issues on implementing digital for the public. It’s important to have a government angle. Your experiences—successes and less than successes—and your opinions on how to implement DigitalGov are valuable. This can accelerate time to change, leapfrogging experiences and creating efficiencies through sharing.
- Do you have a story to tell that will inform, intrigue, and inspire your colleagues?
- Are you working on something innovative or interesting at your agency?
- Found success in an unexpected place?
- Have a great tip to pass along?