Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships Jim Thompson Discusses the VIP Fellowship

Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships Jim Thompson Discusses the VIP Fellowship


JIM THOMPSON: Hello. On behalf of the
State Department, we would like to wish all
of you a happy Veterans Day. My name is Jim Thompson,
and I’m the Director of Innovation in the
Secretary of State’s Office of Global Partnerships. This is the office where the
Veteran Innovation Partnership, or VIP Fellowship, originated. VIP provides a yearlong
professional opportunity aimed at serving
America’s veterans and preparing them for careers
in both diplomacy as well as development. To date, VIP has
supported 49 veterans for yearlong fellowships
at the State Department, the Millennium Challenge
Corporation, OPEC, and the U.S. Agency for
International Development. Thanks to our colleagues in
the Bureau of Human Resources, we have expanded
beyond expectations and now have 20 fellows to
onboard by this year’s end. To learn more, please
check out our website or follow us on social media. Thank you.

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