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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
There will be a certificate providing documentation of attendance, and perhaps continuing education credits. The program is not yet offered for graduate credit.
Ideal candidates are those who have demonstrated strong potential for a future career in politics. Requirements include a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
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.
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.
We expect to receive applications from over 100 candidates and seek to fill a class of 20-25 participants for fall 2019.
We anticipate offering networking opportunities, but additional support for career placement assistance is still under development.