APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply for cohort seven, veterans must have the following information prepared for when job announcements links go live on USAJobs next year:

*CURRENTLY CLOSED* 2019 Job Announcement Links:

Foreign Affairs Officer (Veterans Innovation Partnership Program)
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/548969300

Program Analyst (Veterans Innovation Partnership Program)
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/548969700

-A current two page 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.  Selection criteria includes: outstanding leadership and life experiences, as well as demonstrated excellence in academic, cross-cultural, and communication skills.  Please provide the most comprehensive assessment of your skills, leadership qualities and achievements in a limited and to-the-point format when applying.

-A cover letter not to exceed 450 words.  In your cover letter, please include your areas of focus (i.e. economics, regional affairs, technology) and indicate your job position preference as Foreign Affairs Officer and/or Program Analyst.  This program is highly competitive due to the limited spaces available, therefore we suggest taking this opportunity to discuss your experience and background in more detail, while also indicating your willingness, interests and aspirations.  On USAJobs.gov this is shown as optional, however consider this as a requirement.

-Declaration of Graduate Degree Grade Point Average (GPA).  An official transcript verification may be required at a later time. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications. If you are scheduled to finish a Master’s Degree by the projected start date, but have not yet graduated the program, provide a Certified Letter of your current GPA with important dates (i.e., date of course completion and graduation), signed by a senior official or formal registrar in student records.

-All latest educational transcripts.  It is recommended to include any available transcripts from your current and/or past educational degrees.  It is preferred to have official documents, but unofficial copies will be accepted.  Please merge all documents into one for uploading as a PDF, and use a descending order, allowing for highest education to be seen first.  All transcripts should be in English or English translation.  Official transcripts may be required at a later date.

-A DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from the United States Armed Forces.  This program is for U.S. Veterans and Transitioning Military only, therefore this document must be included (and/or a DD-215, if applicable).  If you do not yet have a DD-214, but are scheduled for discharge by the projected program start date, please provide a Certified Letter with a Statement of Credible Service including important dates (i.e., scheduled end date of service).

If applicable, education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

If applicable, provide your Veterans Affairs (VA) Service Connected Disability Rating Letter.  This alerts the U.S. Department of State that the VA has declared you eligible for veteran’s compensation and benefits, to include Veterans Employment Preference at a Federal institution, such as Noncompetitive Eligibility (NCE), 30% or More Disabled, and Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA).

If applicable, your United States Armed Forces Reserves or National Guard official member documentation (i.e., Verification of Military Status).  Active reservists and guard members are eligible to apply provided they have two years of time in service.  Please confirm your assigned duty station and military point of contact, for confirmation as necessary.

Applications are accepted during certain time frames of the year only.  For cohort six, the submission timeframe was October 17-22, 2019, closing on the 22nd at 11:59pm EST or when 250 applications were received.  Job announcements will be posted and accessible once we have confirmed funding.  The projected time frame for next year is spring, which allows for on boarding by fall.  Applications received outside of these dates will not be eligible for consideration.

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