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SkillBridge

Interested in becoming a DoD SkillBridge Intern? We ARE what you’re looking for…see below for more information and how to apply!

Overview

Because as a transitioning service member you can still get paid by the DoD while gaining certification & skills training, on-the-job-training (OJT), and experience by industry experts. Vets2PM trains you on hot industry certifications, and our host partners provide OJT – giving you the opportunity to gain valuable civilian work experience before you transition!

We understand you and your goals!

Validating your experience and training in the minds of hiring managers is important. We have helped thousands of people through career transitions and we can help you too. We don’t stop at training like most other outfits, we are the complete package of preparation and placement.

Also, we are not just a one-trick pony, we can get you training in Project Management, Cyber/IT, General Management, and much more!

Getting Started

Step 1: Review the pipeline options and complete SkillBridge Interest Form. NOTE: Scroll to the top of this page to see if there were form errors.

Step 2: Check your email for acknowledgment and best practices for success.

Step 3: Apply to one or multiple internships on our job board for DoD SkillBridge opportunities. Vets2PM will try to match you with a host partner based on your application and our matching process.

Step 4: If our host partner is interested in interviewing you, we will reach out to schedule an interview and if selected we will provide you with all the information you need for command approval.

Step 5: Once you achieve command approval send us your signed approval form immediately. Nothing happens until we have this signed approval form.

Step 6: We will reach out two weeks before your start date with onboarding action items and throughout the entire internship.

Pipeline Information

Project Management Pipeline

The idea is to transform you into a “Multi-Purpose Project Manager” (MPPM) that has both predictive and agile training and/or experience. If you match with a Project Management SkillBridge internship, you may earn certifications (PMP, PSM, etc.) to validate your work history in the minds of hiring managers. You will receive on-the-job-training (OJT) to fulfill the project manager experience hurdle. (All internships come with resume builder, LinkedIn optimization course, and interview skills workshop.)

  1. A 4-year degree
  2. 36 months experience leading projects, i.e. missions or exercises
  3. 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM® Certification (our training meets these requirements)

— OR —

  1. A high school diploma or an associate’s degree (or global equivalent)
  2. 60 months leading projects, i.e. missions or exercises
  3. 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM® Certification

That is the best part, wait for it, wait for it, it is FREE! Well, it is free to the transitioning service member through the DoD SkillBridge program and contributing corporate America contributions.

IT/Cyber Professional Pipeline

The concept is to train to industry hot certifications that ensure you are 8570/8140 compliant and provide you the technical training / certifications in line with your target job/industry. No more, “Sorry, you don’t have the technical training we’re looking for” routine! If you match with our IT/Cyber SkillBridge internship, this is a skills training internship, to prepare you for entry level (or above) IT / Cyber career, making you a job candidate with your host company or any other company in corporate America. You will have unlimited access to all the training modules you can fit in during this internship. We will  introduce you to additional non-SkillBridge resources including Vet Tec and the use of GI Bill to cover certification exams. Some internships may include OJT. (All internships come with resume builder, LinkedIn optimization course, and interview skills workshop.)

  1. The capability to obtain at least CompTIA’s Sec+ certification
  2. Experience or serious interest in IT/Cybersecurity career field
  3. A current DoD security clearance
  4. The ability to manage your own schedule while working in a self-paced environment with guidance from Vets2PM and our host partner
  5. To be accepted into this internship you must be a fit for a potential hire with your host company after the internship. You will interview with the host company before being selected to discuss future career goals and potential match with company opportunities.

Note: If you have all of the above, you are eligible! If you have certifications already, this is the opportunity to train for advanced certifications for your chosen career path.

That is the best part, wait for it, wait for it, it is FREE! Well, it is free to the transitioning service member through the DoD SkillBridge program and contributing corporate America contributions.

General Management Pipeline

The mission is to provide general management fundamentals by learning to speak the language of management fluently. If you match with a General Management SkillBridge internship, you will be trained in the internationally recognized Institute of Certified Professional Managers (ICPM) Certified Manager (CM) certification through the ‘How to Speak Civilian Fluently’ book, which you will receive as part of your internship. You will be able to prove and apply your general business expertise during your internship, job interviews, on-the-job, or while running your own business. (All internships come with resume builder, LinkedIn optimization course, and interview skills workshop.)

  1. High school diploma
  2. Military service or a few years of management experience

Note: If you have all of the above, you are eligible!

That is the best part, wait for it, wait for it, it is FREE! Well, it is free to the transitioning service member through the DoD SkillBridge program and contributing corporate America contributions.

Human Resources Pipeline

The mission is to provide HR management on-the-job training (OJT). If you match with an HR SkillBridge internship, this internship may also include the internationally recognized Associate Professional in Human Resources (“aPHR”) certification from HRCI. You will be equipped to use your skills as an HR professional in a civilian operated company. (All internships come with resume builder, LinkedIn optimization course, and interview skills workshop.)

NONE! You qualify.Associate Professional in Human Resources®️ (aPHR®️) Educational experience is not required. No HR experience is required since this is a knowledge-based credential. This is the perfect program for recent college graduates, armed services men and women making the transition to civilian life, professionals seeking a career transition into the HR field, or non-HR managers who manage people.

That is the best part, wait for it, wait for it, it is FREE! Well, it is free to the transitioning service member through the DoD SkillBridge program and contributing corporate America contributions.

Business Development Professional Pipeline

The mission is to provide those interested in the Business Development profession with on-the-job-training (OJT). If you match with a BD SkillBridge internship, this internship may also include the Business Development Professional (BDP) certification training from the Global Business Development Association (GBDA).

There are two major pathways, one for a career in in Account Management, Sales, Recruiting, etc. (E-5 and above with Associates degree)

The second is Business Growth Officer, Business Development, Business Development Analyst, etc. (E-7 through E-9, or O3 and above with Bachelors degree) in corporate America.

All internships come with resume builder, LinkedIn optimization course, and interview skills workshop.

Most people qualify! We recommend the following: For those interested in Account Management, Sales, Recruiting, etc., that you are an E-5 to E-7 with an Associates degree; or those interested in a more high level Business Development or Business analyst role, that you are E-7 to E-9 or O-3 and above with a Bachelors degree.

That is the best part, wait for it, wait for it, it is FREE! Well, it is free to the transitioning service member through the DoD SkillBridge program and contributing corporate America contributions.

Skillbridge Interest Form

Testimonials

Here’s What Our SkillBridge Residents (Interns) Say

SkillBridge Military Member FAQs

Absolutely!  Vets2PM would be happy for the opportunity to facilitate an internship with any company.

That’s okay! Vets2PM is a DoD Approved third party provider and can facilitate a SkillBridge for you.

Yes. We know how important maintaining your Veterans Affairs and medical appointments are and we educate all of our Host companies on the immense impact these appointments can be to a successful transition. Please coordinate all appointments with your Host Supervisor, and provide them as much advanced notice as possible.

Yes, in fact, we recommend that you don’t put all of your eggs in one basket and continue to apply and interview.

Yes.  You will receive an interview with your host company at some point in your internship.

Yes.  We know that some companies, due to fiscal restrictions, are unable to commit to a full-time position.  But, that doesn’t mean they can’t provide a positive learning experience for our transitioning veterans. You never know, our veterans are amazing and provide a lot of value added to a company that it may be difficult to refuse providing you a job offer!

Vets2PM mirrors the hiring model of many companies.  We provide resumes of our candidates who apply for their positions.  The host can then interview the candidates and make their selection.

You can technically apply at any time.  However, unless a company is doing a scheduled or cohort style internship, they rarely select a candidate that has a 6 month or later projected start date. But that’s okay…if you are projected to separate or retire in the next year, it’ll give you more time to monitor our SkillBridge opportunities on our job Board.  We are ALWAYS adding more companies and more SkillBridge Internships.

Once you fill out our Interest form, you will receive an email (please check your SPAM…sometimes that’s where we end up).  That email will tell you the next steps.  But, you don’t have to wait for that email to take a look at our SkillBridge opportunities and apply directly from the Job Board.

Well, sometimes the internet just doesn’t work like it should or doesn’t like what you uploaded as a resume.  Please verify that the system did not “error” out on you while filling out the SkillBridge interest form by scrolling to the top of the page and look for any error messages. Keep in mind if you used a .mil email address the military servers probably filtered your email.

The Vets2PM team will send you an email following your application, and we will either send you a note to ask questions, or will present you to the host company. As soon as we hear from the host company we will contact you.  We will work hard to assist you on your journey to find a SkillBridge Internship.  This team knows how valuable this program is to a successful transition so we, again, recommend not putting all of your eggs in one basket.  We want you to be triumphant in finding the “right’ match so look around.

For more program information, please refer to the DoD’s SkillBridge info page www.skillbridge.osd.mil and each service specific guidance or ask the Vets2PM team.

We have a chat function on the site or you can email us at [email protected]

Our Process

1. Veteran Inspiration

You have in-demand skills civilian employers need. You just need some inspiration and translation because you might not know how your current skills apply.

2. Get Certified & Credentialed

We use our decades of experience in developing, managing, and sourcing world-class training to ensure successful and in-demand certifications employers and civilian organizations need and want. Let us handle the research for you. If we don’t develop it, we find it.

3. Civilian Professional Development

It is important to walk, talk, and look professional in ways civilian organizations understand. They don’t get deployments, TDYs, or PCSs but We do! Certifications are good but you need a great resume, social profile, and interview skills to get the job, we can help.

4. Lifetime Placement Services

We proudly provide a lifetime of placement services with our proprietary, cultivated, and curated database we call “PurpleX.” Psst. joining this database is free! Click “Learn More” below to add yourself by clicking the register tab and filling in your information.

Do you have questions?