The Social Security Administration’s VIP is a nationwide program that provides non-paid internships for students seeking meaningful work experience related to their academic studies. The work assignment may be in exchange for academic credit(s) based on the educational institution’s requirements. The VIP:
The student must:
Personnel Security and Suitability Requirement
Prior to the start of the assignment, the student is required to undergo any personnel security and suitability screenings and comply with the same confidentiality requirements and disclosure restrictions as regular employees.
The student’s scheduled hours of work must be approved by the Agency and the educational institution as appropriate for the major field of study the participant is pursuing. Prior approval and justification must be received for work periods exceeding one academic semester or quarter.
The student receives on-the-job training in order to perform his/her work assignment. Many of the skills and techniques acquired through the VIP allow the student to be more competitive when seeking permanent employment.
Since the student is not a Federal employee, he/she does not earn annual or sick leave and is ineligible for life insurance and health benefits. The student is; however, protected by the Federal Tort Claims Act for on-the-job injury.
The student’s major field of study should be related to the work experience of the assignment.
Please submit the following documents to: firstname.lastname@example.org:
Note: We are seeking to fill several vacancies for student volunteers in Torrance, Inglewood, Westwood and Crenshaw (Los Angeles).