2015 VIP Fellowship (Initial Deadline 20 March 2015, 1159pm EST; Final Deadline 27 March 2015, 1159p

On November 9, 2009, President Obama signed Executive Order 13518, Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government, which establishes the Veterans Employment Initiative. The Initiative is a strategic approach to helping the men and women who have served our country in the military find employment in the Federal Government. In support of this initiative and in recognition of a veteran’s natural potential as a source of talent for diplomacy and development, the U.S. Department of State launched the Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP), a new public-private alliance platform aimed at serving America’s veterans and separating service members by preparing them for diplomacy and development careers, providing education and employment resources and expertise while enhancing America’s global leadership. About the Program

VIP will help build and deploy strategic partnerships between the U.S. government and U.S. private sector to mobilize resources and build networks to promote foreign affairs career opportunities for veterans. The Partnership will focus on the following elements of engagement to support veterans’ transition to diplomacy and development careers: Education: Assist with educational opportunities to study international relations; Fellowship: Establish fellowship opportunities at U.S government foreign affairs agencies; Employment: Facilitate international public and private employment opportunities.

Eligibility Requirements

VIP fellowships are open to veterans who have completed, or are enrolled in, a master’s degree in the preferred fields of International Business, International Relations/Affairs, Public Policy, Public Administration, or a related field. Applicants must apply within two years of graduate degree completion, except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree completion to apply. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic developmental program. Please see FAQ for full eligibility details. *All positions will be in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The expected duration of the fellowship will be one year. The VIP fellowship is not designed to lead to permanent federal employment and does not convey preference in seeking such employment. Nor does it convey the ability to convert non-competitively to a competitive service federal position. To apply for a 2015 VIP Fellowship, please provide the following information to VIPFellowship@state.gov:

- A current resume. Use your resume to highlight your education, expertise, achievements and honors, extracurricular activities/community service, language skills, and any leadership experience. The resume should not exceed two pages. - A cover letter not to exceed 450 words. In your cover letter, please include your areas of focus i.e. economics, regional affairs, technology, etc. Also include if you have interest in carrying out your fellowship in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), or the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). - Declaration of Graduate Degree GPA (official transcript verification may be required at a later time) - DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge - Please provide, if applicable, your VA Service Connected Disability Rating Letter - We will be unable to process your application without this information.

This call for applications will remain open until March 27, 2015. Complete application packages received by the first cut-off date of March 20, 2015, 11:59p.m., will receive first consideration for employment. If your application is submitted and processed after this date, you will receive consideration on an “as needed basis”. Selections are expected to be made by May 2015 and expected start dates in September 2015.

For additional questions, please call 1-866-300-7419 or email VIPFellowship@state.gov. Please refer to www.vipfellowship.org and @vipfellowship for further information and updates.

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