Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs

Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs

Job, Internship, and Fellowship Openings for Students and Alumni of the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs

U.S. Department of Defense
Washington, DC
John S. McCain Strategic Defense Fellowship

Program Overview:

The John S. McCain Strategic Defense Fellows Program is a one year paid civilian fellowship program designed to provide leadership development for the commencement of a career track toward senior leadership in the Department of Defense (DoD).

Program Highlights:

•Gain DoD experience in the Office of the Secretary of Defense or the Office of a Military Service Secretary

•Develop leadership capabilities to flourish into a problem solver, strategic thinker, and future leader

•Learning and development opportunities

•Mentorship by a DoD senior leader

•Potential for a career within the DoD

•Student loan and relocation incentive

Application Requirements:

Applicants are evaluated on their technical and professional excellence, character, commitment to public service and academic achievement.

•Advanced degree –Master’s Degree and above

•Passing background and security investigations

•Completed application package


•Official Transcripts

•Endorsement from graduate institutions

•Letters of recommendation

•Proof of citizenship or lawful permanent residence

•Academic writing sample

•Personal statement to provide career areas of interest and motivations to serve in the DoD

•Must have graduate degree, or within 6 months of graduation upon application

Career Fields:


•Financial Management


•Contracting, Acquisition, and Logistics

•Program Management


•STEM Fields: Science and Technology Management, Engineering, IT, Data Science, Data Analytics