The Office of the Provost’s Equal Opportunity Programs is launching the Department of Defense (DoD) SkillBridge Program through the Office for Military Communities (OMAC). This program connects service members to industry partners who provide valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during the last 180 days of military service. SkillBridge gives service members an opportunity to work and learn in civilian career areas and helps industry partners leverage a highly trained and motivated workforce at no cost. Service members participating in SkillBridge receive their military compensation and benefits, and industry partners provide the training and work experience.
During OMAC’s six-month SkillBridge Program, service members can intern across various academic and administrative areas in the University at no cost to the unit. Through a partnership with University of Chicago Professional Education (UCPE), eligible participants who hold an approved undergraduate degree and who successfully gain admission into the Graduate Student At-Large (GSAL) and Graduate Student At-Large-Business (GSAL-B) programs can take advanced undergraduate and/or graduate courses at the University. Participants who do not hold undergraduate degrees can register for courses at City Colleges of Chicago.
OMAC will place new interns every quarter. If your unit is interested in hosting SkillBridge interns beginning in October 2021, please contact Terrell Odom at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, September 1.
Note: Participants interested in the GSAL and GSAL-B programs should apply to those programs before September 17, 2021.
Provost Equal Opportunity Programs, Office for Military-Affiliated Communities
About the Department
The Office for Military-Affiliated Communities (OMAC) within Equal Opportunity Programs (EOP), part of the Office of the Provost, has University-wide responsibility that includes coordinating compliance and programs in the areas of Equal Opportunity (EO), Affirmative Action (AA), unlawful discrimination and harassment prevention, accessibility, veterans and military-affiliated programs, and Title IX. To achieve its goals, EOP works closely with the Office of Legal Counsel, Human Resources, and Campus and Student Life in collaboration with academic and administrative leaders throughout the University.
The Skillbridge Intern reports directly to the Director of the Office for Military-Affiliated Communities. The intern will work with the Director of OMAC to assess, identify and implement strategies and programming for transitioning service members and their families, as they are entering the University. Internships are unpaid and consist of a 40 hour work week.
The OMAC Skillbridge Program will welcome our first intern participants on October 1, 2021.
- Partners with military-affiliated student groups, federal VA work-study participants and military-affiliated programs to support initiatives within the groups.
- Works with Director for OMAC to coordinate programs for the military-affiliated community.
- Participates in workshops and courses developed by OMAC and campus partners to enhance the intern’s communication, writing and research (qualitative & quantitative) skills.
- Research and draft grant proposals which support the military-affiliated community.
- Under the direction of the Director for OMAC, provide mentoring to student veterans in the College.
- Participate in research projects related to transitioning of student veterans and military families.
- Collaborate with offices within EOP on projects relating to military-affiliated communities.
Minimum requirements include:
- Approval from the DoD to participate in a Skillbridge program
- Bachelor’s Degree (for participants who wish to take graduate courses while performing the internship)
- Currently be serving on active duty in any branch of the armed services (Officer & Enlisted) and receive approval from the Department of Defense to participate in a Skillbridge Program.
- Knowledge of the military, VA and DoD, including education benefits.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills to demonstrate understanding in groups of people and one-on-one.
Skillbridge interns will conduct a 40-hour work week consisting of the following daily tasks:
- 4 hours of internship work daily,
- 1.5 hours of research workshops, transitional support services, and programming for the military-affiliated community, and
- 1.5 hours of class time (for those wishing to enroll in GSAL or GSAL-B courses.
Please submit the folloiwing documents to OMAC by clicking here
- Receive written approval to participate in Skillbridge from the Department of Defense (Command approval is also accepted)
- Statement of service (can be obtained from your military personnel office)
- A writing sample
- A copy of the Service Member's MilGears report
For the October 1, 2021 start date, applicants should apply before September 1, 2021.
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