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Corporate Fellowship Program at JBLM

This is an information page intended for Transitioning Military and Military Spouses, that are planning on attending the Corporate Fellowship Program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA
Click here to connect to the Corporate Fellowship Program national website.

Group orientations are held every Thursday at the CSP Center Bldg 3271, 2nd Division Drive on JBLM-Main .. at 3:30 PM. Contact rcomer@uschamber.com for availability.

Cohort 1-2018

  • Application Deadline- November 3rd
  • 1st Round Interviews- November 13th -16th
  • Final Round Interview- January  11th
  • Week 1: January 24th-26th
  • Graduation Week: April 9th – April 13th
  • Cohort 2-2018
  • Application Deadline- March 2nd
  • 1st Round Interviews- March 12th-14th
  • Final Round Interview- April 19th
  • Week 1: May 9th–May 11th
  • Graduation Week: July 23rd –July 27th
Cohort 3-2018

  • Application Deadline- June 29th
  • 1st Round Interviews- July 9th-11th
  • Final Round Interview- August 9th
  • Week 1: August 23rd-August 25th
  • Graduation Week: November 5th-November 9th

Why a Fellowship?

Military leaders with a broad spectrum of leadership and multi-echelon operational experience need a transition program that could significantly build their civilian network, and add civilian work experience to their resume. Leaders in transition and spouses due to relocation, also need to significantly increase their chances of landing a career that is more in line with their education, experience and current level of pay. One of the most effective ways to assist in meeting these goals is through a Fellowship in an actual business.

How do we do this?

Fellows learn from Ray Rike, President, Enterprise Business – Simplilearn America’s during corporate readiness week

While you are on Active Duty in transition or a spouse, you will be placed with one of our  Partner Companies in a management position for three months. You will train and network with them four days a week. You will also spend one morning each week in the classroom gaining valuable corporate skills and certifications. This all culminates in a final project and an interview for possible employment.

You have managed, led and commanded in the military, now Make Our Team Your Team, Apply Today!
Some of our great partners include: Starbucks, Amazon, UPS, Alaska Airlines, Comcast, Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, ThyssenKrupp Aerospace, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Group Health, TrueBlue, Williams-Sonoma, 7-Eleven, and many others. Complete list of Corporate Partners.

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Fellows From Cohort 2-16 in First week at JBLM, WA


  • Must be a military spouse, or on active duty and within 180 days of transition (separation or retirement) from military service or military spouse.
  • Ideally, must either be on active duty or on transition leave for the duration of the 12 week program, and be eligible to work shortly following the end of the program.
  • For active duty transitioning or military spouse, Camo2Commerce enrollment will be required upon selection for Fellowship position (if not retiring), you may visit room 206 at Hawk Transition Center Tuesdays or Thursdays @ 1:30 PM to attend a C2C orientation

Basic Qualifications

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree, plus three years leadership experience or equivalent related experience in your field OR an associate’s degree, plus five years leadership experience or equivalent related experience in your field.

To Apply-

  • All military, MUST attend the Career Skills Briefing, Mondays starting at 12:00 PM at CSP Center Bldg 3271, 2nd Division Drive on JBLM-Main .
  • Then you will be given a folder at the briefing with further instructions on how to connect with Career Skills Counselors to secure a Letter of Participation (LOP).
  • Your LOP must be signed by your O-5 level Commander, then returned to the CSP Counselor for further processing through JBLM Garrison CSM
    • Note: starting 1 JAN 17, Army personnel must have completed all mandatory SFLTAP classes prior to turning in their LOP.
  • All applicants: Email a cover letter explaining why you want to be a part of this program, and what type of career you are passionate about and are suited for, along with your resume (.pdf format preferred) to rcomer@uschamber.com
  • Military, click here to fill out and submit online. Military spouses click here to fill out and submit online.
  • If Branched other than Army and/or applying from a location other than JBLM, WA connect with your transition office first to discuss steps to enroll in “Skill Bridge” programs, then email Thomas, Sojourner sojourner.thomas.ctr@mail.mil and myself at rcomer@uschamber.com

Selection Process

First round interviews will be conducted individually, normally at Stone Education Center, (schedule will be provided). If selected from the first round interview to move forward, your resume will be distributed to all of the companies. They will have approximately 4 to 6 weeks to select who they would like to interview (we will notify you along the way). Upon the deadline of receiving their selections, we will hold a mass interview event (scheduled in advance), where you will interview at tables with each company that selected you. After your last interview, you will rank each company you interviewed with, and they will rank you. We will make placement decisions based off of this information. You will be notified of your placement within 48 hours following this event.

Program Overview

Fellows at CityU

Corporate Fellows huddle for corporate training and a presentation by Port of Seattle members at City University of Seattle Tacoma Campus

* The first week will run Three days, with an introduction to corporate culture and job-seeker skills training, and a company visit for on-boarding/orientation. Throughout the remaining 11 weeks of training, the Fellows will spend four days a week at their respective companies. This is usually Monday through Thursday in on-the-job training with our Corporate Partners. The four days also consists of a blend of online and/or classroom, corporate and job-seeker skills training. Fridays are provided as a flex day for time back with the military unit or separation processing, or with the Program Manager at fellow’s request.

What are the Educational Benefits?

Myriad of certification tracks will be offered at no cost to fellows: PMP certification, HR Track, IT Track, or Lean 6 Sigma Track and many, many more (Learn more here). The cost for these certifications range from $1500-$2500 each, depending on the cost of each proctored certification exam. As a result of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s partnership with Simplilearn, the world’s largest professional certifications company, there will be no cost to Fellows; only an increase in the earning potential these certifications provide their recipients. Full-cost funding is available to all Fellows who complete the coursework for their elected certification within the 12 weeks they are in Corporate Fellowship Program. In addition to the initial immersion week, Microsoft Office courses, weekly fellow huddles, and guest speaker/mentor programs will also be taught during the program.

CityU President

Fellows gather for corporate training, and hear from the CityUniversity of Seattle President about corporate leadership.

John W Grad

Fellowship graduation ceremony, hosted by Camo2Commerce, & US Chamber of Commerce, Hiring our Heroes, with guest speaker Congressman Denny Heck.

The Fellows will receive a variety of assignments and projects to complete, thus enabling the Fellows to be mentored, trained and evaluated on their work.  Throughout this process, the C2C Liaison for the CFP monitors Fellows directly via agreement and coordination with liaisons from each participating business.  The C2C Liaison also retains responsibility of ensuring program effectiveness, cohort participation and progress, success rates and client/business satisfaction upon completion of the program. The Fellowship ideally ends no later than two weeks from the time the Fellows’ separation from the military.  This will allow enough time for any required out-processing procedures, but not too much time to negate the ability to be hired into a position with the business.

For a current list of corporate partners Fellowship Opportunities  click here!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your C2C counselor or email  rcomer@uschamber.com