Many wounded, ill and injured Soldiers welcome the opportunity to complete internships during their recovery or shortly after their transition to bolster their resume and ease their transition to civilian life. Employers can benefit from setting up an internship by temporarily obtaining a skilled Soldier or Veteran to support the company’s mission, with the potential to obtain full-time permanent employment following completion.
How to Set Up an Internship – Federal Employers
Local transition coordinators at Warrior Transition Units (WTUs) can help Federal agencies set up internships through the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Operation Warfighter (OWF) Program and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Non-Paid Work Experience (NPWE) Program. These programs are designed specifically for recovering service members or Veterans.
- Operation Warfighter (OWF) Program – allows wounded, ill, and injured service members to complete internships at Federal agencies. Because Soldiers still receive their salaries through the Army, there is no charge to the Federal agency and the Soldier does not count against the agency's allowance for full time employees. OWF will work with you to develop a user agreement that outlines clear goals and expectations for the Soldier, the WTU, and the sponsoring office. Contact the OWF Program Manager at 703-428-7573 or email PR-OperationWarFighter@osd.mil to learn more.
- Non-Paid Work Experience (NPWE) – allows Federal agencies to provide valuable experience to Veterans with service-connected disabilities. Since the Veteran receives a monthly allowance from the VA, there is no charge to the agency. Federal agencies interested in this program should visit the VR&E website or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
How to Set Up an Internship – Private Employers
Private sector organizations can use a variety of Federal programs to establish internships for transitioning Soldiers and Veterans who have transitioned out of the military. To learn about these options and how to set up an internship, please contact a WTU transition coordinator or a U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) career coordinator by contacting us.
Writing Effective Position Descriptions
While the skills and experiences acquired in the military are highly transferable, matching these to traditional position descriptions can be difficult. To ensure employers don’t miss the opportunity to work with our skilled Soldiers and Veterans, it is important for employers to write position descriptions that are easy to understand by Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families.
For tips on how to write effective position descriptions, please reference our Writing Effective Position Descriptions page.
To locate a WTU transition coordinator near you or to reach AW2 Career and Education, contact us .
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