Veterans bring a unique skill-set to bear, with training and experience that ranges from region specific knowledge to functional area expertise. Because of this, Veterans are an excellent resource to advance foreign policy goals at the U.S. Department of State. That’s something Secretary of State John Kerry, a Vietnam Veteran, knows and why he believes it’s important to attract qualified Veterans to foreign affairs positions within the federal government, and especially at the Department of State.
With this in mind, Kerry launched the Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP) in October 2013, a public-private alliance that serves America’s returned Servicemembers by preparing them for meaningful diplomacy and development careers. VIP enhances America’s global leadership and provides education, employment resources, and expertise to returned veterans.
Veterans who are accepted into the program serve on the front lines of diplomacy at State, where they have the opportunity to work in many different departments for a full year as part of the paid fellowship. VIP Fellows bring their real world experience from the military and academia to the hands on practice of policy making.
The Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships is taking applications for the third cohort of VIP fellows, slated to begin in the fall of 2016. For more information on how to apply, visit www.vipfellowship.org/application-process . The deadline for applications is April 15, 2016. For more information on VIP, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the author: This article was submitted to Vantage Point by U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships.