I am really proud to be associated with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell – where the university is ranked as a top school for veterans. The university actively engages with veterans to ensure that they receive all the benefits they have earned and all the guidance they need for a smooth transition.
“We walk our veterans through the whole process,” said Janine Wert, a former case manager for the VA who heads veterans’ services at UMass Lowell, where veteran enrollment has soared from 550 in 2011 to 1,450 today. (Boston Globe 7/2014)
One of the critical elements in assisting veterans in adjusting to both study and work challenges is the university’s teaming up with companies that provide internships, specifically targeted to veterans. For example, the Peabody Essex Museum has teamed with Lowell to offer interesting and diversified internships, such as photography, education, and marketing experiences. You can find the list here: http://www.uml.edu/docs/Winter%20Spring%202015%20Internship%20Postings%20-%20Final_tcm18-155253.pdf
Now, seriously if you were a veteran and re-entering the civilian workforce, would workingat a museum pop up as your future employer? Probably not!
College education opens windows that help veterans: discover ways to use their special skills; uncover talents they didn’t know they possessed; and, peak their interest in areas yet unexplored. Companies and associations can open doors for veterans by teaming up with colleges and universities to provide internships and mentoring experiences.
What about your company? Can you team up with a college or university and provide work place experiences – like internships or mentoring — for our veterans?