Austin veteran internships offer transition to civilian life

Mayor Steve Adler announces veteran internship program (KXAN Photo/ Frank Martinez)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — For veterans leaving the service, transitioning back to life as a civilian can be tough.

To combat this issue, the city of Austin has announced an internship program with Fort Hood. The program will place soldiers into an internship for those who are leaving the service within 180 days.

This is the first time Fort Hood has partnered with a city to provide an internship program for veterans. The duration of each internship will be 18 to 22 weeks. If a job becomes available during that time, the interns can apply for the position through the city’s normal hiring process. The Army will pay all salary and benefits costs for City of Austin internships.

The first three interns from Fort Hood will be placed in the Fleet Services Department in the coming weeks. The program will roll-out citywide over the next several months.

“It gives us the opportunity to hire employees who have a commitment to a mission, who understand that commitment, who have that self-discipline ingrained into their very being,” Gerry Calk, Austin’s Director of Fleet Services and a 20-year Army veteran, said.

Austin is the first city partnering with the Army for an internship program. Garrison Commander Col. Todd Fox said if the program shows positive results in Austin, it could be implemented elsewhere.

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