• Training program for veterans who are considering careers in politics

  • With the initial support of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs have established an intensive training initiative for veteran and military family members with career interests in politics. 

    "Veterans are a natural fit for public office,” says Nick Armstrong '08 MPA/'14 PhD (SSc), IVMF Senior Director of Research and Policy and Maxwell alum. “They comprise more than one-third of the federal work force and have been shown to be more likely to vote, contact public officials, volunteer, give to charity, and work with neighbors to fix problems in their community."  

    If you are interested in learning more about the program, please fill out our information request form. We will get in touch with you soon!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    When will the program be offered and how long is it?

    The program will be offered in three phases: Phase 1) Online, level setting for four weeks prior to the immersion (roughly 5 – 7 hours of work per week), Phase 2) 5 – 7 day immersion in fall 2019, and Phase 3) Post immersion follow up and online program engagement. The dates for the residential immersion are tentatively early to mid-November.

    Where will the program be offered and in what format?

    The immersion will be offered in residence on the campus of Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. The residential immersion will be supplemented with online preparation and reflection in a hybrid format that may consist of asynchronous and synchronous materials available through a web-based learning management platform with videoconferencing capability.

    Is the program self-paced or directed by a faculty member?

    The materials for Phases 1 and 3 will be available to students 24/7 through self-paced work facilitated by an instructor. The residential immersion will be directed by faculty at The Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

    What is the cost of the program to students?

    Selected program participants will assume costs associated with transportation to Syracuse, NY for the residential immersion. Other expenses related to program participation (e.g., attendance, lodging, and meals) will be covered by the program, through the generous support of JP Morgan Chase & Co,  Syracuse University, and other sponsors. 

    Do I earn credit through Syracuse University and do I receive a certificate or diploma on completion?

    There will be a certificate providing documentation of attendance, and perhaps continuing education credits. The program is not yet offered for graduate credit.

    Who is eligible to apply for admission to the program, and are there any required prerequisites?

    Ideal candidates are those who have demonstrated strong potential for a future career in politics. Requirements include a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

    What is the admissions process and what materials must be submitted for consideration?

    There will be an online application process and candidates will be asked to provide a resume and statement of purpose. References and interviews may be requested of finalists.

    What is the application deadline and how and when will applicants be notified of the status of their application?

    The online application will open in mid-June; finalists will be confirmed by the end of August 2019 for selection in the fall 2019 program.

    How competitive is admissions to the program?

    We expect to receive applications from over 100 candidates and seek to fill a class of 20-25 participants for fall 2019.

    What networking opportunities will be provided and is career placement assistance offered to program graduates?

    We anticipate offering networking opportunities, but additional support for career placement assistance is still under development.

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