VET Summer 2017
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The Washington Center, sponsored by the Prudential Foundation, created the Veterans Employment Trajectory (VET) Initiative, designed to cultivate veterans’ career advancement and workforce preparedness. This 10-week professional immersion program serves as a platform for increasing veterans’ access to quality jobs and prepares them to transition from university life to the civilian working world.



Twenty-five (25) qualified student veterans from around the country were selected to participate in the inaugural summer program of the VET Initiative held in Washington D.C., from May 24 to August 5, 2017. Through key partnerships, career advancement sessions and professional immersion, the VET Initiative provides veterans with the tools and resources not only to overcome obstacles in the workforce, but also to translate and enhance their leadership experiences for civilian life.


Meet the Summer 2017 participants here.

Student Stories

Veterans face many challenges when they transition from the military to college and into their professional lives. The Washington Center developed this one of a kind program that gives these students hands on work in their prospective field, as well as training and networking skills that they will use for years to come. See how the VET Initiative has transformed their lives.


Read Chaze Patrick’s Weekly Blog

Want to know what’s it like to participate in the VET program? Follow Chaze’s journey from the beginning during the summer 2017 term as an intern at The American Legion.





  • A Day at The White House
    Last week I went to The White House for the first time as part of Boys/Girls State's cumulating event called Boys and Girls Nation which happens every year. Read more.
  • The Emergence of a New Leader
    One of the main goals that I set for myself this year was to become a better leader for my university, community, and nation. How have I done this? I attended main events this year that have tremendously shaped my leadership skills sets! Read more.
  • Lessons Learned From Boys State
    This past week with my internship at The American Legion, I had the opportunity to participate in their 2nd Annual Boys/Girls State program.which supports their aim of assisting veterans and their families in the areas of health, employment, education, and benefits & services. Read more.

Read the rest of Chaze's blogs here.

In the News

  • D.C. Armory Job Fair Arms TWC’s VET Initiative Participants with Takeaways for Future Employment
    Michael Duerr of The Washington Center moderated a panel at a DC job fair hosted by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser introducing local veterans to employers. Read more.
  • D.C. Bunker Labs Attempts to Spur VET Small Business Ideas
    VET Initiative participants visited Bunker Labs, a non-profit created by veterans for veterans, to learn how to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit and create their own small businesses. Read more.
  • The Washington Center Donates to Homeless Veterans in Conjunction with the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and the D.C. Mayor’s Office
    TWC is proud to partner with the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV), the Washington D.C. Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs, the United States Veterans Initiative (U.S. VETS) and Friendship Place, for "Operation Bedroll" — a donation drive collecting household goods for homeless veterans in Washington, D.C. Read more.

    Read the rest of TWC's VET Initiative news here.

    Experience a Day in the Life of an Intern at The Washington Center

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