VETERANS INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP FELLOWSHIP

Applications for the next cohort are now closed. The submission timeframe for cohort eight (Class of 2022) is tentatively scheduled for Fall of 2021.

ABOUT

VIP provides a yearlong professional fellowship program that aims to serve America’s veterans by preparing them for diplomacy careers.

The Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP) Fellowship is a unique twelve-month program funded and administered by the U.S. Department of State (State) that recruits talented veterans with masters in international affairs and political science degree fields. The purpose of this program is to provide opportunities for educated, high achieving veterans to gain experience in foreign policy so they may continue to serve the U.S. beyond the military. Fellows will learn to build on their existing experience to make them more competitive for permanent positions in professional foreign policy and international development careers. Selected veterans will integrate the knowledge and expertise earned from the Global War on Terrorism and professional military training and apply them to their roles at State. During their tenure, Fellows are encouraged to learn more about the entire department by taking part in 30 to 60-day rotations at other bureaus and offices. VIP offers an intimate look at how the U.S. government conducts foreign affairs in Washington, DC and is an opportunity to acquire a network of professional contacts in the foreign policy world. They will take part in activities such as organizing international forums, web campaigns, and attend conferences on subjects of international interest. Sponsoring bureaus and hosting offices will provide hands on projects that will take advantage of and build on Fellows’ professional skill sets. The program has made, and continues to make, an important contribution to strengthen America’s global leadership. It produces foreign affairs professionals working throughout U.S. global affairs agencies, the intelligence community, and the private sector, promoting the importance of veteran experience in leadership for diplomacy. VIP alumni contribute to a diversity of fields including economic, environmental, and political fields.

  • % Graduated to stay

    at Department of State in diplomacy and development career positions

  • % MOVED ONWARDS

    to other public or private sector roles in global affairs and international business

  • % Are combat veterans

    that gained valuable work experience overseas during their military career

  • % OF U.S. Military Branches

    have been represented in the fellowship, both enlisted and officer

MEET COHORT FIVE

Class of 2019
Rene Moraida
Foreign Affairs Officer | U.S. Navy Veteran
VIP placement: Office of Caribbean Affairs, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Military background: Mass Communications.
Dr. Elizabeth Adadi
Foreign Affairs Officer | U.S. Army Veteran
VIP placement: Office of Advanced Analytics, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, U.S. Department of State. Military background: Signal Branch, Psychological Operations, Regional Support, Training, Contracting.
Charles (Chip) Darcy
Program Analyst | U.S. Navy Retired
VIP placement: Logistics Management/Property Management, General Services Management, U.S. Department of State. Military background: Nuclear Electrician’s Mate, Surface Warfare Officer, Force Protection Officer, Ordinance Officer, Gunnery Officer, Auxiliaries Officer.
Angel Rodriguez
Program Analyst | U.S. Air Force Veteran
VIP placement: Bureau of Overseas Building Operations, U.S. Department of State. Military background: Airborne Cryptologic Linguist.
Marcus Littman
Foreign Affairs Officer | U.S. Army Veteran
VIP placement: Office of Global Partnerships, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of State. Military background: Psychological Operations (Airborne).
Nickolas Speer
Program Analyst | U.S. Air Force Veteran
VIP placement: Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. Military background: Aircraft Fuel Systems Technician.
Ben Poteete
Program Analyst | U.S. Army Veteran
VIP placement: Office of Conduct, Suitability, and Discipline, Bureau of Human Resources, U.S. Department of State. Military background: 82nd Airborne Infantry Paratrooper.
Harry Thompson
Foreign Affairs Officer | U.S. Marine Corps Veteran
VIP placement: Office of Multilateral Nuclear and Security Affairs, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State. Military background: Infantry Officer.
John Perez
Foreign Affairs Officer | U.S. Army Retired
VIP placement: Office of Export Control Cooperation, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State. Military background: Military Intelligence Analyst (US Army, Ret) and Hospital Corpsman, Fleet Marine Force (US Navy/FMF).
Ryan Burris
Foreign Affairs Officer | U.S. Army Reserves
VIP placement: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. Military background: Psychological Operations.
James Turnwall
Program Analyst | U.S. Navy Veteran
VIP placement: Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing, and Innovation, Bureau of Management, U.S. Department of State. Military background: Naval Helicopter Pilot, MH-60S NROTC Instructor Tactical Action Officer and Air Defense Warfare Commander.
Ned Curry
Foreign Affairs Officer | U.S. Army Reserves
VIP placement: Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization, U.S. Department of State. Military background: Armor Officer.
Stephen Sheppard
Foreign Affairs Officer | U.S. Marine Corps Reserves
VIP placement: Office of Policy and Public Outreach, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. Military background: Logistics Officer, Foreign Security Force Advisor, and Aerial Delivery Officer.
John Williams
Program Analyst | U.S. Army Retired
VIP placement: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Military background: Combat Engineer and Counter Explosives.
Darren Pettis
Program Analyst
VIP placement: Bureau of Budget and Planning, U.S. Department of State.
David Briscoe
Program Analyst
VIP placement: Bureau of Foreign Assistance, U.S. Department of State.
Mustafa Aitouakrim
Program Analyst | U.S. Army Veteran
VIP Placement: Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate of Visas Services, Immigration and Employment Division. Military background:

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