Secretary Kerry Welcomes Inaugural Class of Veterans Innovation Partnership Fellows

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 12, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry will host an event to welcome the inaugural class of Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP) fellows at 9:00 a.m. on February 13, 2015, in the Department of State’s Benjamin Franklin Room.

The Secretary will be introduced by Special Representative for Global Partnerships Andrew O’Brien.

The VIP fellowship was launched by Secretary Kerry in October 2013 to mobilize resources and build networks to promote foreign affairs career opportunities for veterans. VIP is managed by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP) and assists with educational opportunities to study international relations, establishes fellowship opportunities at U.S. government foreign affairs agencies, and facilitates international public and private employment opportunities.

VIP partner organizations will be present at the event, and include implementing partner The Mission Continues; participating agencies the U.S. Agency for International Development, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and the Millennium Challenge Corporation; resource partners iRobot, General Motors, and MasterCard, and university partners the University of Massachusetts, Boston University, and the University of Kansas.

The event will be open to the press and streamed live on Follow the event using @GPatState and #WelcomeVIP and during the Secretary’s remarks at @StateDeptLive.

Pre-set time for video cameras: 8:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

Final access time for still photographers and journalists: 8:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

For further information, please contact the Press Office at 202-647-2492 or Natalie Alm at or 202-647-9163.