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What are the dates of the program? Are there any scheduled breaks?

The dates for the 2017 VET Initiative are May 24 - August 5, 2017. Participants will have weekday evenings, and Saturday and Sundays free (other than an occasional TWC civic engagement or other opportunities, as well as the VET Summit). Due to the immersive nature of the program, there are no additional breaks provided in the schedule. The only exception would be national holidays, such as Memorial Day (May 29) and Independence Day (July 4th), on which both TWC and internship sites are closed. Otherwise, participants are expected to be in attendance at all TWC events and at their internship sites during the times designated by their supervisor.


What do I need to do prior to my arrival in Washington, D.C.?

There are a number of actions that you will need to take following your acceptance and prior to your arrival in Washington, D.C., such as completing your community profile and registering for an evening course (optional). For instructions on these procedures, you should pay very close attention to your email inbox, as you will receive notification when it is time to complete such tasks. If you are unsure at any point about whether you have completed a necessary step in the process, please contact the VET Initiative Manager.


How can I contact TWC with questions I have pre-arrival?

Most of your pre-arrival questions will be covered in conversations with the VET Initiative Manager. The VET Initiative Manager can be contacted at or 202-238-7735. To reach the general TWC reception, please call 202-238-7900 during our regular business hours.


What airport should I select if I am flying to Washington, D.C.?

There are three airports in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area:

  • Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA)
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD)
  • Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)

Ronald Reagan National Airport is the most conveniently located, as it is connected to the Metrorail system and is closest to the heart of Washington, D.C., while the other two are farther away, requiring additional means of transportation into the city.


What kind of clothing will I need to bring?

The clothing that participants should bring with them to Washington, D.C. should be a mix between professional attire, and casual and comfortable attire. Participants are required to wear professional attire to many TWC events and activities and also at most internship sites. However, it also wise to pack comfortable clothing for weekends and exploring the city. Since the VET Initiative takes place in the summer, pack for fairly hot and humid weather, with cooler nights and occasional rain. In addition, since public transportation and walking are the most popular form of transportation in D.C., participants are highly encouraged to have comfortable supportive walking shoes to wear to and from work, home, and other locations.

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