Application Process and Eligibility
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Application Process and Eligibility

How do I fill out an application?

The first step to applying is creating an account in the TWC student portal. Applicants can fill out the application at their own pace. Be sure to save your information as you go, so that nothing is lost when you log out. Before starting an application, be sure to review the eligibility and application process information, so that you know exactly what is required.


What is the application deadline and should I apply early?

The VET Initiative application deadline is February 15, 2017. We encourage you to apply before the deadline as the selection committee will start reviewing applications as applications come in. The application deadline is strictly held since this program is in the summer (the term for which internships generally tend to be most competitive in D.C.). While our staff will ensure that you have an internship related to your professional field if you submit your materials by our deadline and are selected for the program, please be aware that some internship sites, especially those requiring special security screening, may have internal deadlines to select interns that fall before the VET Initiative application and selection timeline.


How competitive is the selection process? What are the most important criteria for the selection process?

TWC is committed to providing the VET Initiative experience to highly qualified student veterans throughout the U.S. TWC reviews and considers all application components, including the statement of professional interest, issues essay, resume, letters of recommendation and transcript. Candidates’ motivation, understanding of the program and commitment are also important factors that will be considered during the application and interview processes. However, since there are only 25 scholarships available for the 2017 VET Initiative, we expect that some highly qualified applicants will not be accepted.


Is a certain GPA required to be considered for the VET Initiative?

Although there isn’t a specific GPA requirement for this program, TWC will consider GPA as a part of the final admission decision along with all other applicant information. Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 will be considered but are required to submit three letters of recommendation instead of the standard two. Two of these three letters will need to come from faculty members.


How do I know whether my application is complete?

All documents and application information, including indication of receipt of letters of recommendation, can be viewed through the TWC student portal. Shortly after submitting your application, you will be contacted by a TWC staff member regarding any missing application information. Incomplete applications may not be considered, so it is important to ensure that all application requirements are completed correctly by the application deadline.


After submitting the application, when will I hear whether or not I’ve been accepted? How will I be notified?

Once all application materials have been received, the application enters review. Applicants will be contacted via email by March 17, 2017 with an admission update. Learn more about the selection process timeline and when admission notifications are sent.


I have forgotten my username and/or password; how do I reset them?

Your username is the same as the email address you used to create your TWC student portal account. If you have forgotten your password, you may reset it by following the link for a forgotten password provided on our student portal login page.


Can graduate and professional degree students apply?

Graduate and professional degree students are encouraged to apply to the VET Initiative.


Can students who recently graduated apply?

Students who will graduate in the spring 2017 semester are encouraged to apply to the VET Initiative.


Can first-year and second-year undergraduate students, or community college students participate?

While applicants at any stage of their undergraduate or graduate degree will be considered for admission to the VET Initiative, primary consideration will be given to applicants in their final or second-to-last year of their degree program. Community college applicants must provide evidence of participation in a university pathways program or plan towards completion of an undergraduate degree. If not selected this year, first-year undergraduate and second-year undergraduate students, and community college students are encouraged to apply for admission to the VET Initiative in future years.


Are applicants that are not selected eligible to be considered for TWC’s Academic Internship Program or other TWC programs?

Since there are only 25 scholarships available for the 2017 VET Initiative, we expect that some highly qualified applicants will not be accepted. Those who are not accepted into the VET Initiative program may be contacted by our staff to discuss other TWC program options that you may wish to pursue. The admissions timeline for the VET Initiative will allow applicants who are not selected to be considered for TWC’s summer or fall 2017 Academic Internship Program, and many of the required application components are the same. It is important to note, however, that the Academic Internship Program has similar, yet different, components and requires that participants are receiving credit from their home institution. Additionally, TWC charges program and housing fees for its regular Academic Internship Program. Although applicants may express interest in financial aid, scholarship availability for the Academic Internship Program is more limited.

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