Internship Opportunities for
Transitioning Service Members

Our Business Partners have listed internship opportunities for Transitioning Service Members in our Internships Directory.

Transitioning From Service?

The WorkEx program acts as the approving authority for a customized, individual internship and is an approved Career Skills (CSP)/DoD SkillBridge program based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State.

Interview & Resume Training

Transitioning out of the military can be a challenge, so here is an opportunity to discuss directly with the WorkEx team on how to take charge of your transition and make your last 180 days work for you.

Q&A participants must have completed the online orientation to be eligible to attend this event.

Join us for a lunchtime Q&A session via Zoom to discuss current internship opportunities or how to develop your own unique internship to chart your path forward.

Hiring Former Service Members?

Employer Partners submit a training plan and WorkEx Host Employer Agreement for each intern to ensure resources are available for mentorship and training for the duration of the internship.

Proud to Partner with:

For Service Members

Transitioning from military service is difficult, but WorkEx has the partnerships you need to succeed during this process.

Transitioning Service Members

The WorkEx Approach

The WorkEx program acts as the approving authority for a customized, individual internship and is an approved Career Skills (CSP)/DoD SkillBridge program based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State.

How does it work?

 

The WorkEx program allows eligible active duty transitioning service members and military spouses (as funding is available) to participate in a 4-12 week (up to 180 days with chain of command approval) hands-on work based learning opportunity with a  host employer (local or remote) to bridge the gap in skills and experience needed to land a full-time career opportunity within the civilian workforce.

WorkEx is a strategic partnership between the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce and PacMtn Workforce Group.

Find Your New Most-Valued Team Member

Hiring a transitioning service member through an internship allows you to find skilled, valuable employees to help your business succeed.

Employers

The WorkEx Approach

The WorkEx program acts as the approving authority for a customized, individual internship and is an approved Career Skills (CSP)/DoD SkillBridge program based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State.

How does it work?

The WorkEx program allows eligible active duty transitioning service members and military spouses (as funding is available) to participate in a 4-12 week (up to 180 days with chain of command approval) hands-on work based learning opportunity with a  host employer (local or remote) to bridge the gap in skills and experience needed to land a full-time career opportunity within the civilian workforce.

WorkEx is a strategic partnership between the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce and PacMtn Workforce Group.

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Frequently Asked

If the internship is beyond the 50 mile radius to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA please refer identified candidates to contact our team at [email protected].

  • To become a WorkEx Employer Partner, you will submit an application and sign a business agreement in order to ensure transparency of expectations as an Employer Partner
  • Employer Partners submit a training plan and WorkEx Host Employer Agreement for each intern to ensure resources are available for mentorship and training for the duration of the internship
  • WorkEx does require that your company offers, at a minimum, an informational interview to the candidate at the completion of the internship
  • If the internship is within 50 miles of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA please refer identified candidates to the JBLM
  • Career Skills Briefing held Mondays at 12 noon at Hawk Career Center

  • You develop the internship, customizing the training and mentorship according to the role you may be able to hire for
  • You select the WorkEx intern based on your competitive process and get to know them within your company’s work environment
  • The intern is paid by the military during the internship period, so there is no risk, liability, or payroll cost
  • You are under no obligation to hire the intern, rather this is a work experience that will enhance the intern’s ability to
  • transition into employment after leaving the military
  • WorkEx program does not charge a fee to facilitate the approval of your internship for the service member

Yes, it is possible. You will need to be cleared by your unit to travel and work in a foreign country. Also, you will be require to obtain a memorandum from your S2 (Intelligence Officer) stating “SM has been briefed on the risk potential in the country as well as working with a foreign business and there is no issue with the candidate participating.”

The WorkEx team is an approving authority for customized, individual internships and not only processes the required documentation for the candidate, but vets the company and the internship opportunity. There are many steps and documents required in the process for both the candidate and the business to protect both entities. Our process is the fastest and most streamlined, seen as the best practice in military transition internships for small and medium sized organizations within the Pacific Northwest. You may choose to pursue an internship through the CSP/DoD SkillBridge office at your local base. There are other programs such as the Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship, which is a cohort- based, national program and HireMilitary which focuses on nationwide internships with larger corporations.

Our team is located near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. Remote candidates must work diligently to develop their opportunity and complete the required documentation within the correct time frame (within the last 180 days of service.) If steps are not properly followed, the back and forth of email and phone communication can delay processing. For location outside of our region an O-6 is required to approve your Memo of Permission, rather than the O-5 that is required locally. We have partnered with HireMilitary to make referrals for service members interested in viewing opportunities with their employer partners across the United States, specifically with larger companies. There is no charge for service members, and you can create your profile today by clicking the link here: https://www.hiremilitary.us