for our veterans 

How it works

The Aurora Internship Program creates opportunities for student veterans by directly funding the hosting organization. Internships span both public and private sectors from government, to federal contracting, to entrepreneurship, to information technology, and more.

A guiding light

Aurora staff volunteer Reginald “Reggie” Williams serves as a mentor to each of our interns. All interns take part in a weekly curriculum built by SNVC, Stephen Covey (author of 7 Habits for Highly Effective People), and Longwood University.

Washington Scholars Graduates

Our partnership with the Washington Scholars Fellowship Program goes back to 2010 when we established The Aurora Chair. We help to place individuals with an interest in politics in premier internships in government agencies, media outlets, and certain non-governmental organizations. These positions offer a unique look at how the political process works from a hands-on point of view.

Success stories

We are proud to say we have funded nearly three dozen internships. Our driven interns have either continued with their academic studies or been offered full-time positions. At graduation ceremonies and receptions, we hear many commit to "pay it forward". We know that these student veterans have learned the value of networking and made professional connections that will serve them well in the future.

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“It was the best phone call I ever made.”

George Putnam
Aurora Intern at Ritz-Carlton, Tysons' Corner


“We are not simply given the networks, we are presented with amazing opportunities to meet and network with senior level people here in D.C. I would like to believe that my story is solid proof that the Aurora internship program changes lives.”

Kevin Powell
Aurora Intern through the Washington Scholars Program, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Reserve Affairs / Material & Facilities

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“Scott Phillips was a phenomenal candidate for

this internship, and we'd

like to continue this partnership with Aurora. Please send more student veteran interns our way!”

Matthew Sheldon
Partner, Reed Smith


“The mentorship aspect of the Aurora Foundation Internship Program was very unique and extremely beneficial to me during this transition period.”

Irna May Connor
Aurora intern with SNVC


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