Program Components
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Program Components

What does this program offer besides an internship?

Our program is a comprehensive academic internship experience designed for university student veterans transitioning into the civilian workplace. If accepted, you will be doing much more than interning during your time in Washington, D.C. The program components include: a nearly full-time internship, the Professional Advancement Colloquium, as well as several support mechanisms such as one-on-one career coaching, mentoring, civic engagement opportunities, and the VET Summit, as well as the option to take an evening course. Learn more about the program components.


What is the Professional Advancement Colloquium?

The VET Initiative Professional Advancement Colloquium takes place on Fridays and focuses on enhancing career advancement competencies specific to student veteran strengths and challenges through coursework, workshops, career coaching, development of a career strategy plan, career fair and site visits to organizations in a variety of sectors in Washington, D.C.


Where will I take classes, and who is teaching them?

The VET Initiative Professional Advancement Colloquium takes place in the classrooms located in the TWC Residential and Academic Facility or the TWC headquarters. Occasionally, site visits will be held at various organizations throughout the D.C. metropolitan area. Faculty for the Professional Advancement Colloquium are also experienced instructors in veteran’s military-to-civilian work transitions and are often veterans themselves.


For those who have chosen the option of enrolling in an evening course, those courses in most cases will also take place in the TWC Residential and Academic Facility or at the TWC headquarters. The instructors for these courses are associate faculty for TWC. They are most often professors at one of D.C.’s many universities or professionals in the fields associated with the courses being taught. A course guide with faculty biographies is available upon request.


What assignments will I be required to complete?

Participants are required to complete two separate sets of assignments. First, under the guidance of the Colloquium faculty, you will complete a series of assignments including pre-workshop assessments and a career strategy plan, many of which will be included in your final portfolio. If you plan to receive credit from your home university, check with your university’s academic advisor/internship coordinator to learn if your major or university require any additional assignments beyond those collected by TWC (i.e. an independent study project, journal, etc.). For those who chose the option to enroll in an evening course, you will also be expected to submit all assignments for that course as outlined in the course syllabus.

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