Analysis of the Los Angeles County Veteran Internship Program

Veterans experience a variety of issues when transitioning back to a civilian lifestyle, of note are employment issues. The private and public sector have launched initiatives to combat these employment issues, including the County of Los Angeles. In 2007, the Board of Supervisors approved the creation of the Veteran Internship Program (VIP) whose mission is to expose VIP interns to career opportunities and assist them in gaining skills and knowledge necessary to compete for permanent, full time positions with the County of Los Angeles. The proposed study will analyze factors associated with employment issues and successful internships to help identify key factors that led previous interns to become full time employees. Using a proposed survey, quantitative data can be gathered from current County of Los Angeles employees who were previous participants of the VIP. This study can provide the County of Los Angeles baseline data to assess if and how the program can be improved.

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