Veterans Fellowship Program
The port is now recruiting for the Veterans Fellowship Program.
Pictured from left are: Luis Navarro, Director, Office of Social Responsibility, Rob Porcarelli
Corporate Counsel, Starbucks; Ricardo Martinez, U.S. Navy, Separated; Nicholas McCallon, U.S.
Army, Separated; Tay Yoshitani, CEO, Port of Seattle, U.S. Army Retired; and Gary Buchanan,
Director, Port of Seattle Human Resources and Development, U.S. Navy Reserves
About the Veterans Fellowship Program
The Port of Seattle is dedicated to helping military personnel transition from active duty to civilian employment. The port understands the importance of veterans serving their country and it is estimated that as many as 20% of the port's employee base are veterans or still on active duty (2011). The Veterans Fellowship Program provides short-term (six-month) employment that will assist veterans in the following areas.
Previous Veteran Fellows at the Port of Seattle
Read about the experiences of previous Veteran Fellows and their time at the Port of Seattle
CHRISTOPHER PROST - U.S. Navy
Shortly after beginning my fellowship, I could tell that the Port of Seattle was an organization that understands the unique talents and perspective that veterans can offer. The fellowship helps with the difficult process of transitioning out of the military and provides invaluable assistance in developing personal and professional skills. It also allows a chance to showcase your strengths and make connections while contributing ot the port's operations and missions. I wish all transitioning veterans could have a chance to participate in a program like this.
Jessica Rae Damas - U.S. Navy
The fellowship was crucial in leading the way to a permanent position with the port. The seminars and activities that were scheduled with Human Resources, port employees, and outside organizations helped me improve my resume, interview skills, and transition to the civilian job search.
Nathan Woodside - U.S. Marine Corps
Veterans are not looking for a hand out. What they want is an opportunity, however brief, to demonstrate that the skills they cultivated in the military are valuable to civilian employers. The Port of Seattle understands this. I hope other organizations look to the port's example.
Dusti BLOOD - U.S. Coast Guard
The Veterans Fellowship Program allowed me to network inside and outside of my department, gain essential knowledge of port business, and forge important relationships. I received genuine support from my supervisor and colleagues, which, along with the tools provided by Human Resources & Development, allowed me to demonstrate leadership, strong work ethics and grow personally and professionally. All these factors led to my continued employment at the port. For all this, I am grateful. Thank you!