The Veterans Program for Politics and Civic Engagement is a selective, rigorous and intense educational initiative. It is offered with the initial support of JPMorgan Chase & Co. through a collaborative effort by Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. The program is tailored to meet the specific needs of veterans and military-connected individuals who have an interest in pursuing careers in politics. Instructors will include esteemed faculty from the Maxwell School — the nation’s #1-ranked graduate school in public affairs, veterans with first-hand experience running for office, and experts in the field.
There are three phases for those who are selected to pariticpate.
- Phase 1: Introduction to the online learning management system and 3 to 4 online group meetings to clarify learning expectations, acclimate participants to the learning management system, and introduce some of the key components of the program content.
- Phase 2: On-campus immersion experience that’s just under a week with bootcamp style of training, presentations, and conversions with experts in the field.
- Phase 3: Post-graduation there are regularly scheduled online seminars and training, plus networking opportunities with other alumni.
From Molly Mae Potter, 2020 VPPCE alum, Client Product Group Business Operations and Control Center Leader, and U.S. Air Force Veteran
“This program is a world-class, front seat, crash course for veterans interested in public engagement and public office. It was a non-stop, engaging Ted-Talk level content education from the best of the best in this area narrated by NPR-level commentating (Grant Reeher as the lead) whose purpose was to set up veterans for success to help drive this country forward and “be in the arena” when policy is on the table. It was totally bi-partisan and participants were really engaging and supportive of each other. I would highly recommend this course to any veteran looking to become more active and engaged in policy”
Watch the quick recap video below from the inaugural VPPCE class and make sure you apply now for the next one!