DOG TAG INC. FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Applications for our Winter 2020 Fellowship are now open!
Post-9/11 military veterans (or those currently in transition) with service-connected disabilities, military spouses*, and caregivers
Eager to learn and be pushed to grow
Open to exploring entrepreneurship and civilian careers
Willing to contribute to a community and engage in personal and professional development
Able to commit to a full-time schedule of Monday through Thursday from 9am - 4pm
Able to provide own transportation to and from Dog Tag Inc.'s Georgetown (Washington, DC) location
*All military spouses are eligible regardless of spouse's military status or VA rating.
**Please note: Dog Tag does not accept veterans and their spouses and/or caretakers simultaneously due to the intensive nature of the program and our belief in maintaining a healthy work/life balance.
About the Fellowship Program:
Dog Tag Inc. (DTI) empowers veterans with service-connected disabilities, military spouses, and caregivers to discover personal and professional fulfillment in the civilian world through an innovative business- and entrepreneurship-focused fellowship.
Our five-month program enables fellows to dip their toe back into education, gain first-hand experience in a real small business, explore a wide variety of civilian career paths, and acquire soft skills through professional workshops. Fellows spend the five months as a member of a team of individuals, and become part of the greater Dog Tag alumni community upon graduation. Upon completion of the fellowship, DTI alumni are business-ready, competitive, and employable.
Fellows earn a Certificate in Business Administration from Georgetown University. The curriculum consists of seven courses that are tailored to the small business-focused interests of our fellows. Courses include accounting, management, communication, corporate finance, marketing, business policy, and entrepreneurship.
Dog Tag Bakery acts as an incubator for the fellowship program, providing fellows with the unique opportunity to apply classroom learnings in a real-life small business. The bakery provides experiential learning by enabling participants to gain first-hand experience in operations, staff management, product creation, customer service, finance, budgeting, business development, marketing, and more.
Professional Workshops: "Learning Labs"
A critical component of the program includes a series of workshops and lectures from entrepreneurs and business leaders. These "Learning Labs" are designed to give fellows the opportunity to explore a wide-variety of civilian career paths and build the soft skills necessary for personal and professional success. Facilitators include seasoned entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, and executives representing the full spectrum of private and public sector opportunities. They offer their perspectives and open their networks to our fellows, providing invaluable access to mentors.
Our program goes beyond education and job training to ensure fellows are fully equipped to achieve their goals. Wellness is a cornerstone of our program. Our holistic, wellness-oriented approach – from mindfulness to journaling, nutrition to yoga – allows fellows to be mentally ready to absorb the lessons and resources the program provides, and lays the groundwork for their successful transition into civilian life.
All fellows receive a monthly stipend to help offset various costs associated with participating in the program. Fellows also receive a laptop for use during the program, and all tuition and books are covered under the fellowship so that participants do not need to use their GI Bill or related veteran benefits. In doing so, DTI seeks to reduce the financial barriers to entry for participating in our fellowship program.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Benefits
If you think you might be eligible to receive Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) benefits, talk to your counselor to see about using your benefits to participate in the Dog Tag Fellowship. Dog Tag, Inc. is an approved Chapter 33 program. VR&E can make this program available to veterans qualifying for and interested in self-employment, post-training self-employment services, or in a continuing education/employment track as needed.
Upcoming Program Dates:
Summer 2019 Dates:
July 9 – November 21, 2019
Fall Break: September 2 – 6, 2019
Winter 2020 Dates:
January 14 – May 28, 2020
Spring Break: March 16 – 20, 2020