Many US Veterans come home with disabilities. Among these individuals, individuals with sight or hearing disabilities require special software to access the web and digital media content. Accessibility interns do the hard and careful work of ensuring that those disabled Veterans have the same opportunity to learn about benefits and services that VA provides as everyone else, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Their work ensures that the content on the Department of Veterans Affairs website and other VA communication platforms is formatted in a way that it is accessible to Veterans with disabilities.

This internship involves ensuring the accessibility (remediation) of documents that are currently posted on the Department of Veterans Affairs website, or any documents that are submitted in the future for posting on the website. Interns translate complex visual elements into alternate text for easy reading by screen readers to assist the visually impaired use. Interns also participate in a variety of other tasks such as transcribing YouTube videos or podcast episodes.

Prospective interns are required to have access to Adobe Acrobat CC, editing and proofreading skills, and a desire to help those with visual and auditory disabilities.

Please visit the How to Apply page for application details if you are interested in interning in this department.