Since 2010, the Aurora Foundation has proudly partnered with The Washington Scholars to sponsor internships of student veterans through the Washington Scholars Fellowship Program. Hundreds of students across the country apply for one of these prestigious opportunities, which results in joining a growing network of professionals who are all focused on service to our Nation. Internships vary from law firms, to government offices, to NGOs, to other think tanks and non-profits that might fit the students' interests and future plans. Three years ago, Aurora sponsored the first student veteran to go through this program, and now, there are 13 student veterans who have interned under the "Aurora Chair" grant.
Ben Lee, an Army veteran who spent a deployment in Kandahar City from 2010-2011, came back to school after his time of service to pursue a career in law. He was accepted into Georgetown School of Law, and took an internship through the Washington Scholars this summer to work with OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Group), where he learned the necessary procedures behind closing the deals and dispersing the loans. He is expected to graduate with his law degree in May 2014.
Jaimie Clark is an Air Force veteran, who deployed to Afghanistan from 2010-2011 to lead an Intelligence Team. He returned from service and enrolled at the University of Illinois College of Law. Jaimie's internship was here in DC and he and his wife (also a veteran) hope to eventually relocate to the DC area to work in the law field. He is expected to graduate in May 2015.
A huge congratulations go out to both these young men. We are thankful for their military service, as well as the hard work they put into making their second careers as civilians a success. We are also grateful to partner with Washington Scholars, who help ensure the internships are of such high caliber and the opportunities allotted to all students will help them grow as professionals.