DOG TAG INC. FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The application for the Summer 2018 program is available now, apply here!

Eligibility: Post 9/11 service-disabled veteran, military spouse, caregiver

Overview

Dog Tag Inc. seeks to provide a transformative opportunity for veterans with disabilities, spouses, and caregivers by offering an education through Georgetown University and experiential learning in our small business venture, Dog Tag Bakery. Upon completion of the Dog Tag Inc. (DTI) program, transitioning veterans are business ready, competitive, and employable.


Our program is focused on individual growth and success. We know that not all of our fellows will go on to launch their own small businesses after seeing what it looks like to operate one. We encourage them to carry their new critical thinking skills into existing corporations and provide them with the skills they need to transition into the civilian sector through our learning lab. Our learning lab includes interview and networking skills preparation, resume writing assistance, networking events, and mock interview days with our partners. We work to create opportunities with our partner organizations for fellows to move into leadership positions in their chosen fields.

Dog Tag Inc. goes beyond education and job training to ensure our fellows are fully supported to achieve their goals.

Education

The curriculum serves as an introduction to business from an academic perspective and consists of seven courses that are tailored to the small business focused goals of our fellows. Courses include accounting, management, communication, corporate finance, marketing, business policy, and entrepreneurship.

Dog Tag Inc. goes beyond education and job training to ensure our fellows are fully supported to achieve their goals. A supplemental lecture series is woven into our program featuring speakers that are leaders in their field, including seasoned entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, and CEOs representing the full spectrum of private and public sector opportunities.  These speakers offer their perspective and open their networks to our fellows, providing invaluable access to mentors. 

Experiential Learning

Dog Tag Bakery in Georgetown provides a vehicle to put their newly acquired skills into context and provides a source of income to offset the cost of the program. The storefront includes a state of the art bakery and kitchen as well as classroom space. We provide experiential learning by facilitating a working rotation through the storefront and non-profit positions. Fellows will have a chance to learn every aspect of a small business including operations, staff management, product creation, customer service, and marketing. Through a combination of shadowing and project management, our fellows are expected to complete tasks independently while communicating their needs and progress with management.

Eligibility Requirements:
•    Post 9/11 Military Veteran with service-connected disability, Caregiver; Spouse; 
•    Eager to learn and engage in professional development
•    Preparing for a career in the civilian workforce
•    Able to provide his or her own transportation to and from the bakery and school

Required Documentation - submit to email address: fellowship@dogtagbakery.org 

1. DD214 (or equivalent documentation of current service)
2. VA documentation (with disability percentage noted, or for those pursuing VA rating, the letter stating your application is under review)
3. Letter of Recommendation from a job related supervisor

 

Read more about our Fellowship Program.

2018 Fellowship Program Dates:

Winter Class - 2018

January 9, 2018 - June 7, 2018 Application Closed

Summer Class - 2018

July 10, 2018 - November 15, 2018

Apply Here


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