TWC Selects First Veterans to Participate In VET Initiative


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The Washington Center Selects First Cohort of Veterans Participating In The Veteran Employment Trajectory Initiative

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is pleased to announce the selection of the first cohort of 25 student veterans who will be participating in the Veteran Employment Trajectory (VET) Initiative this summer, from May 24th through August 5th. The VET Initiative is a fully-funded professional immersion program which serves as a platform for increasing veterans’ access to quality jobs, preparing them to transition from university life to the civilian working world.


Sponsored by the Prudential Foundation, the VET Initiative is designed to cultivate veterans’ career advancement and workforce preparedness. For 10 weeks, participants will gain real-world professional experience through an internship and enhance career advancement competencies specific to veteran strengths and challenges through coursework, workshops, career coaching and mentoring.


“It will be a privilege and an honor for The Washington Center to be able to deliver this unique opportunity to our servicemen and women”, said Chris Norton, president of The Washington Center. “We would like to thank The Prudential Foundation for their shared commitment to positively impact our nation’s veteran community. We recognize the cultural barriers student veterans face when entering the workforce, and it is the mission of the VET Initiative to work with our partner academic and professional organizations to breakdown those barriers through education and engagement with these 25 student veterans during their time in Washington, D.C.”


Hailing from across the country and pursuing a diverse range of academic studies and career fields, the VET initiative students represent the unique and non-traditional student profile of the 453,000 veterans that have earned a degree using the G.I. Bill since 2009.


The first cohort of VET Initiative students is comprised of:


Ronald Aderhold, Anderson University - South Carolina

Cedric Baggett, State University of New York College at Plattsburgh

Jonathan Banasihan, American University

Kirsten Battocchio, Manhattan College

David Brown, University of Kentucky

Mark Brown, University of Michigan-Flint

David Castle, California Lutheran University

Vegas Curry, Northern Virginia Community College

Victor Davis, Georgetown University

Gregory Duran Hernandez, Mercy College

Seth Godin, Fitchburg State University

Nikolas Hartwig, University of South Carolina Aiken

Edwin Lamothe, University of Southern California

Oussama Loutfi, American Military University

Margaret Lowing, Florida Institute of Technology

David Lutz, East Tennessee State University

Joseph Mojica, University of South Florida

Laura Parunak, Texas A & M University

Chaze Patrick, University of Southern Indiana

Rafael Rivera, University of Florida

Adam Rumrill, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Maryilene Schiller, Loyola University Chicago

Steven Schmidt, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Thomas Sullivan, Georgetown University

Justin Wick, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


For full details about the VET Initiative and application process, please visit


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About The Washington Center


The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has more than 50,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. It was established in 1975.

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