Veterans Employment Trajectory (VET) Initiative

Veterans Employment Trajectory (VET) Initiative

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Sponsored by the Prudential Foundation, the Veterans Employment Trajectory (VET) Initiative is designed to cultivate veterans’ career advancement and workforce preparedness. Twenty-five (25) qualified student veterans from around the country will be selected to participate in the VET Initiative in Washington D.C., from June 3 – August 11, 2018. This 10-week professional immersion program serves as a platform for increasing veterans’ access to quality jobs and preparing them to transition from university life to the civilian working world.


Scholarship Information

Participants will automatically receive a full scholarship that covers most expenses (over a $14,000 value) including:

  • Program fees and housing*
  • Financial aid of $2,000**
  • Transportation, hotel, and food during the VET Summit in Newark, New Jersey

* Participants will be housed at TWC’s state-of-the-art fully furnished residential facilities.

** The financial aid will be provided within two weeks of the start of the program and will be taxable.


Contact or 202.238.7735 to discuss options for applicants with dependents or individuals with unique circumstances.


Program Components

The program has the following components:

  • Internship providing a professional workforce immersion experience with an organization that fits the participant’s interest, skills and experience as a veteran (four days per week)
  • Professional Advancement Colloquium enhancing career advancement competencies specific to 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 (one day per week)

In addition to these components, students will gain access to the following resources:

  • VET Mentor Network: All participants will be matched with veteran mentors at the start of the program who are also leaders in a variety of sectors.
  • VET Summit: Participants will attend a one-day conference at the Prudential Foundation headquarters in Newark, NJ where they will hear from and engage with experts and leaders that focus on participants’ career success needs and experiences as veterans.
  • VET Workforce Transition Resources: Participants will receive valuable career development and veteran resources that can be consulted throughout the program and participants’ careers.
  • Evening Academic Course (optional): Participants have the option to earn academic credit in their academic fields.
  • Civic Engagement Opportunities: Participants can further develop their skills and networks through volunteering and advocacy opportunities.
  • Access to TWC’s Student Services: Offering additional support with career development, social and networking events, health services, disability services, and 24/7 support.
  • Accommodation in TWC’s state-of-the-art housing facilities located in DC’s NoMa district near the U.S. Capitol.

VET Initiative Advantages

  • Real-world professional experience in the nation's capital where participants will sharpen in-demand skills, learn how to navigate a civilian professional environment and gain a clear edge in the competition for postgraduate employment.
  • Professional coaching sessions providing in-person individualized guidance from a career coach to further develop newly acquired skills and think critically about career paths.
  • Outstanding professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Techniques to transfer the unique experience and skills set acquired in the military to the civilian job market.
  • Mentoring opportunities with other experienced veterans providing a platform for knowledge sharing and collaborative problem solving targeted at the advancement of the veteran community.

Additional Resources

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