Freddie Jones 804-786-4552

Aug. 12, 2010

Internships Provide Career Training and Development Skills

RICHMOND – In 2006, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) partnered with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to establish the Wounded Veterans Internship Program, an initiative to assist veterans with the transition from military to full-time civilian employment. The program focuses on, but is not limited to, disabled veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq who may have lost their job or are no longer physically or emotionally suited for the same work.

VDOT was the first transportation department in the nation to create such a program, and has served as a model for other states across the country.

VDOT works with a number of veteran service organizations to implement the program, which attempts to locate internships near the participant’s home and rehabilitation facility. Internship placement depends on aptitudes and interests, and could be in areas such as planning, finance, project management, security, procurement, quality control, information systems, engineering, civil rights and human resources.

“The program has been very successful in providing transitions for wounded veterans seeking to return to the workforce,” said Freddie Jones, Civil Rights Division administrator. “The internships are for one year but may be longer depending on the developmental needs of the veterans. The goal is to allow veterans to revamp old job skills or develop new ones.”

Veterans receive a stipend and opportunities to compete for full-time positions at VDOT, as well as introductions to private sector and other government agency jobs.

Paul Galanti, commissioner of veterans affairs in the commonwealth, added, “I am confident that with programs like this, and the support and leadership from Governor McDonnell, Virginia will soon be the most veteran-friendly state in America.  The Wounded Veterans Internship Program is a great way to help our brave warriors further develop their skills and knowledge that will aid them as they re-enter the workforce.” 

For more information or to apply for the Wounded Veterans Internship Program, contact Freddie Jones, Civil Rights Division administrator, at 804-786-4552 (TTY 711), visit VDOT’s website at, or send an e-mail to




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