Are there programs for active duty recovering wounded, ill, or injured service members looking for an internship opportunity?


Operation Warfighter (OWF) is a Department of Defense (DoD) federal internship program exclusively for wounded, ill, and injured service members. OWF places warriors in supportive work settings that positively impact their recovery. Managed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Office of Warrior Care Policy, OWF gives service members the chance to gain real-world, on-the-job employment experience through internships across the federal government.

OWF's 10 regional coordinators are located across the country. They work directly with service members to explore potential career interests, build resumes, and provide opportunities for additional training, experience, and networking. The internship opportunities positively impact rehabilitation and reintegration.

For those who are returning to duty:

  • OWF provides training and experience beneficial in continued military service.
  • OWF is a win-win for wounded, ill, and injured service members and the federal government.
  • Wounded Warriors are part of a tremendous talent pool sought by federal hiring managers looking to fill critical vacancies—and they’re willing to provide training!

  • Wounded, ill, or injured service members looking for an opportunity like this—or transition coordinators who know of a recovering service member who would benefit from OWF—should email for more information. Click to download each service’s participation form: Army | USMC | Air Force | Navy.

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