About VIP

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On November 9, 2009, Executive Order 13518, Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government, established 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 public-private alliance platform aimed at serving America’s veterans and preparing them for diplomacy and development careers, by providing education and employment resources and expertise, while enhancing America’s global leadership.

VIP Fellows pose at the C-Street Entrance to the State Department on January 12, 2017.

VIP Fellows pose at the C-Street Entrance to the State Department on January 12, 2017.

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 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.