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USM Student-Veterans May Apply for Professional Development Opportunity

Mon, 02/08/2021 - 01:13pm | By: Van Arnold

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has announced a professional development opportunity – The Veterans Employment Trajectory (VET) Initiative – tailored specifically for student-veterans.

VET is a fully funded 10-week professional immersion program in Washington, D.C., for U.S. military veterans who are in undergraduate or graduate school. The program is scheduled for June 6th through August 7th and includes an internship, coursework, career coaching, career strategy planning, and one-on-one mentoring.

This year, because of COVID-19, the program offers both virtual and in-person internships. University of Southern Mississippi (USM) student-veterans may choose to select a remote internship, plus participate in the coursework, coaching, and training either remotely or in-person.   

The program is fully funded by the Prudential Foundation, for a total value of $14,000. This includes the program costs, and for students travelling to D.C., and housing costs. Each student in the program also receives $2,000 from The Washington Center to help with additional expenses during the 10-week period. 

The goal of this program is to help the student-veterans learn how their military experience and skills translates to a civilian job, and discover what their career niche might be. USM student-veterans participating in the program develop key skills such as self-marketing, networking, communication, conflict resolution, and more.

The application process is selective and the deadline for application is Feb. 24th. More information about eligibility and selection can be found here:

To learn more, contact the USM Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families at 601-264-4629 or visit: