PHOTOS: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Joins Secretary of State John Kerry to Unveil “Veterans Innovation Partnership”

November 1, 2013
Press Release
Initiative connects veterans with career opportunities in foreign affairs
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) yesterday joined Secretary of State John Kerry to launch the U.S. Department of State’s Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP).
“These public-private partnerships give us the opportunity to benefit from the skills veterans have developed through their experiences, their commitment to service, their ability to act under pressure and make decisions, to lead, and to put the mission first,” Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard told the crowd, many of whom were veterans. “For so many of my friends whom I've had the privilege of serving with, this is a tremendous opportunity that will open many doors empowering our veterans to continue to serve.”
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard thanked Secretary Kerry for his leadership on this initiative, noting his service in the U.S. Navy and decades of advocacy on behalf of veterans.
Photos from the event are available here.
Additional information about VIP is available here and below:
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 fields of international business or international relations. 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.
*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.
For further information, please contact Maura Hogan in the Global Partnerships Office at or (202) 647-9268, or visit

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