To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize veterans who are entitled to educational assistance under the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs to use such entitlement to participate in a career transition internship program for veterans.

Introduced in House
GI Internship Program Act

This bill directs theDepartment of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish a career
transition internship program to match individuals who are eligible for
veterans' educational assistance with employers to: (1) provide such individuals
with work experience in the civilian sector, (2) address the growing skills gap
in the U.S. economy, (3) increase the marketable skills of such individuals, and
(4) assist such individuals in obtaining long-term employment.

The VA shall establish criteria employers must meet to participate in the
program. Program employers shall not include: (1) government agencies; (2)
employers who cannot provide the VA with certain assurances, including their
intention to retain interns after their internship ends; and (3) employers that
have previously participated in the program and failed to abide by its

The VA shall pay individuals who are full-time participants in such an
internship the amount of educational assistance they are due.

Each internship shall last for at least 180 days but for no more than one year.

Each intern shall be considered to be an employee of the VA for purposes of the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Each intern and employer shall provide the VA with a monthly certification that
the intern worked at least 35 hours each week performing functions that provided
the individual with valuable experience.

The VA and the Department of Labor shall create and publicize a website to serve
as a portal for the program. Individuals may apply within 180 days of their
expected discharge or release from the Armed Forces.

The VA shall minimize the administrative burdens incurred by employers due to
their participation in the program and ensure that employer participation is at
no cost to the employer.



  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

    Feb 6th, 2017
  • Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR H950)

    Feb 3rd, 2017
  • Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

    Jan 31st, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Jan 31st, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Jan 31st, 2017