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The Department of Defense has implemented an ongoing internship program for recovering service members. Operation Warfighter (OWF) seeks out qualified wounded, ill, and injured service members and links them with federal internships. These internships assist service members with:

  • Transitioning into a new field of work
  • Gaining meaningful work experience
  • Learning about a new industry
  • Transitioning into the civilian workforce
  • Utilizing military skills in the federal and private sectors

The OWF program is open to all service members who are wounded, ill, or injured.

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The program has also shown many benefits to OWF partners. In addition to the talent and dedication interns bring with them, OWF partners report a greater understanding of the skill sets and challenges of wounded, ill and injured service members. 

Interns also report many benefits from the program. These range from learning new skills to gaining experience to helping with the transition into the workforce. More notably, the benefit of being able to take positive action towards future goals aids greatly in the health and recovery of service members.

The OWF program is open to all service members who are wounded, ill, or injured. Additional eligibility requirements may be in effect depending on the circumstance or internship. For more information, you can locate an OWF Transition Coordinator in your region or email OSD.OWF@mail.mil

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