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Stipends and Benefits

INTERNSHIP


Stipend: Interns receive a competitive stipend paid in 26 biweekly installments. VA internship stipends are locality adjusted to reflect different relative costs in different geographical areas. Currently, stipends range from $26,166 to $31,589 annually.

Benefits: Internship appointments are for 2080 hours, which is full time for a one year period. Start dates for the internships range from June 17 to September 1, with the specific start date determined by the individual program. VA interns are eligible for health insurance (for self, spouse, and legal dependents) and for life insurance, just as are regular employees. With the recent Supreme Court decision, health benefits are now available to legally married same-sex partners. However, unmarried partners of either sex are not eligible for health benefits.

Holidays and Leave: Interns may be eligible for federal holidays throughout the calendar year.  In addition, interns accrue 4 hours of sick leave and 4 hours of annual leave for each full two week pay period, for a total of between 96 and 104 hours of each during the year.

Authorized Absence: According to VA Handbook 5011, Part III, Chapter 2, Section 12, employees, including trainees, may be given authorized absence without charge to leave when the activity is considered to be of substantial benefit to VA in accomplishing its general mission or one of its specific functions, such as education and training. Application of this policy varies from site to site, so questions for a specific program must be directed to the Training Director.

Liability Protection for Trainees: When providing professional services at a VA healthcare facility, VA sponsored trainees acting within the scope of their educational programs are protected from personal liability under the Federal Employees Liability Reform and Tort Compensation Act 28, U.S.C.2679 (b)-(d).


POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP


Stipend: Postdoctoral fellows receive a competitive stipend paid in 26 biweekly installments. VA fellowship stipends are locality adjusted to reflect different relative costs in different geographical areas. Currently, stipends range from $46,102 to $58,665 annually.

Benefits: The fellowship appointments are for 2080 hours, which is full time for a one year period. Start dates for the fellowships range from July 1 to September 1, with the specific start date determined by the individual program. VA fellows are eligible for health insurance (for self, spouse, and legal dependents) and for life insurance, just as are regular employees. As temporary employees, fellows may not participate in VA retirement programs. With the recent Supreme Court decision, health benefits are now available to legally married same-sex partners. However, unmarried partners of either sex are not eligible for health benefits.

Holidays and Leave: Fellows may be eligible for federal holidays throughout the calendar year. In addition, fellows accrue 4 hours of sick leave and 4 hours of annual leave for each full two week pay period, for a total of between 96 and 104 hours of each during the year.

Authorized Absence: According to VA Handbook 5011, Part III, Chapter 2, Section 12, employees, including trainees, may be given authorized absence without charge to leave when the activity is considered to be of substantial benefit to VA in accomplishing its general mission or one of its specific functions, such as education and training. Application of this policy varies from site to site, so questions for a specific program must be directed to the Training Director.

Liability Protection for Trainees: When providing professional services at a VA healthcare facility, VA sponsored trainees acting within the scope of their educational programs are protected from personal liability under the Federal Employees Liability Reform and Tort Compensation Act 28, U.S.C.2679 (b)-(d).


PRACTICUM TRAINING


Practicum experiences are without compensation.

Liability Protection for Trainees: When providing professional services at a VA healthcare facility, VA sponsored trainees acting within the scope of their educational programs are protected from personal liability under the Federal Employees Liability Reform and Tort Compensation Act 28, U.S.C.2679 (b)-(d).