SkillBridge Program

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Each year over 200,000 service members transition out of the military. This map provides some useful state-specific data reflecting the total number of personnel who are projected to separate from a given state.

The DoD SkillBridge program is an opportunity for active-duty service members to gain valuable civilian work experience with DOI during their last 180 days of service. SkillBridge connects service members with DOI components in real-world job experiences. DOI welcomes SkillBridge participants for separating service members. There are various internship opportunities at DOI in a variety of fields.

SkillBridge is a great opportunity for transitioning service members to build their resumes, explore employment interests, develop job skills, and gain valuable federal government work experience that will help them prepare for their adjustment to the workplace. 

Any rank, enlisted or officer, may apply for SkillBridge. SkillBridge permits Service members to use up to the last 180 days of Service to train and learn with DOI. During SkillBridge participation, Service members continue to receive military compensation and remain covered by their military benefits. Release for SkillBridge is always mission-dependent and your unit Commander must authorize participation prior to entering into any agreement with interested industry employment partners.

Disclaimer: SkillBridge Intern participants are not entitled to a job at the conclusion of the SkillBridge opportunity simply by virtue of completing the SkillBridge Intern program. Veterans entitled to veteran preference that meet the criteria for non-competitive hiring authorities may be offered a non-competitive job offer upon completion of the program.

 

 

For Transitioning Service Members:

  • Review the DoD SkillBridge Program Brochure for more information.
  • Be sure to check out The Military Skills Translator.
  • Any rank, enlisted or officer, may apply for SkillBridge internships at DOI.
  • SkillBridge permits Service members to use up to the last 180 days of Service to train and learn with DOI.
  • Separating Service members must obtain approval from their current unit and be American citizens who are on active duty in the military.
  • Service members must also fulfill the security clearance requirements set by the DOI bureau/office where they intend to work.
  • During SkillBridge participation, Service members continue to receive military compensation and remain covered by their military benefits.
  • Release for SkillBridge is always mission-dependent and your unit Commander must authorize participation prior to entering into any agreement with DOI.
  • Interested Service members complete the DoD SkillBridge Form, “Interested Service Member.” A SkillBridge representative will contact you as soon as possible.

For More Information

Additional resources can be found at https://dodskillbridge.usalearning.gov/resources.htm

If you require specific technical SkillBridge assistance, please email DoDSkillBridgeAssistanceCenter@livehelpnow.net.

All other inquiries should be addressed to your bureau/office Veteran Employment Program Coordinator.

For DOI Hiring Managers/HR Professionals/Veteran Employment Coordinators

  • DOI Hiring Managers interested in a SkillBridge Intern works with their HR staff and/or Servicing HR Office (SHRO) to begin the planning strategy for their intern outreach and recruitment process.
  • DOI Hiring Managers are encouraged to work with their designated DOI Veteran Employment Coordinators, listed at FEDSHIREVETS. DOI Veteran Employment Coordinators work closely with the Departmental Special Employment Programs Manager, Angela Lennartson.
  • DOI Hiring Managers should familiarize themselves with the information found in the DoD SkillBridge Provider’s Handbook. NOTE: Effective April 23, 2021, DOI has an official Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place, therefore, bureaus and offices DO NOT need to establish a separate MOU.
  • DOI Hiring Managers/HR Professionals can download the Education/Training Plan, Competency Matrix, and a Job Description Template from the Provider’s Handbook (located in Appendix A of the SkillBridge Provider’s Handbook).
  • An established education/training plan for the role the intern will be filling MUST be created prior to the recruitment/outreach or posting of the opportunity. NOTE: Each individual intern role requires a training plan unless it is the same title and series.
  • DOI Hiring Managers can review the DOI Quick Reference Guide on SkillBridge Intern Outreach and Recruitment for additional step-by-step guidance (internal link).

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