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Veterans Fellowship Program

Veteran Fellowship Program alumni, pictured from left are: Christopher Prost, U.S. Navy, Separated;
Danielle Malosh, U.S. Army, U.S. Army National Guard, Separated; Stephen Renda, U.S. Marine Corps,
Separated; Joel Green,
U.S. Navy, Separated.  

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 nearly 20% of the port's employee base have served in or continue to serve in various forms . The Veterans Fellowship Program provides short-term (six-month) employment that will assist veterans in the following areas.
  • Identifying transferable skills
  • Exposure to a civilian work environment
  • Career assistance
  • Exposure to corporate business practices
  • Mentoring
  • Resume and interview assistance​
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Previous Veteran Fellows at the Port of Seattle

Read about the experiences of previous Veteran Fellows and their time at the Port of Seattle




Transitioning out of the military was one of the most difficult things I've ever done. The members of Human Resources, former Veterans Fellows and numerous other port employees from inside and outside my department went above and beyond. They helped me see how the knowledge and skills I learned in my military experience translates to success in the civilian sector. So many people gave their time to offer guidance, coaching and mentorship, helping me feel like a valuable member of the team.  



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 to the port's operations and missions. I wish all transitioning veterans could have a chance to participate in a program like this.



The Veterans Fellowship Program was a gainful opportunity to use the skills learned in the military and understand how they apply to the rest of the world.  Military skills can be difficult to translate and this environment supported that transition.  I received a lot of guidance from human resources, fellow veterans and other colleagues that led to my full time employment at the port.  


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, allowed me to demonstrate leadership, strong work ethics and grow personally and professionally. All these factors led to working full time at the port for a few years before I moved to another respected organization in the area. For all this, I am grateful. Thank you!


Fellowship Fact Sheet

Download the Veterans Fellowship Fact Sheet (PDF 975 KB)
The Port of Seattle actively recruits for the Veterans Fellowship Program at local colleges and military bases. 
We are now accepting application for the 16th class of Veterans Fellows.  Click here for current opportunities.    

Next Job Fair:

Wed., Oct. 7 10-2 pm
Snohomish County Regional Veterans Job & Resource Fair; 
Armed Forces Reserve Center 13613 40th Ave. NE  Marysville, WA 98271
Derek Bender: 206.787.3375


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