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U.S. Military Academy Cadets Complete Summer Internships with IVMF
Last week, Cadet Angela White of the United States Military Academy at West Point and Cadet Tenzin Khangsar of the United States Air Force Academy completed a monthlong summer internship program with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF).
White, of Chicago, is a rising junior at the Military Academy at West Point. During her internship with IVMF she worked with the institute’s entrepreneurship team to assist in planning various programs and events. White even traveled with the team to the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) conference in Pittsburgh in early June, where she supported the team in capturing video interviews of speakers and attendees.
“Working with the team at IVMF has given me a new perspective on what life can look like after service,” says White. “The armed forces interests me and I am grateful for the opportunity to immerse myself in a nonprofit that shares my passion for service.”
The first in her family to pursue a career in the military, White aspires to join the military police force.
Khangsar, of Queens, New York, is a rising senior at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where he is training to be a pilot. Khangsar’s work with IVMF focused on analyzing data and transcribing audio from the institute’s and School of Education’s joint pilot study. He also worked with the research team on a simulation model designed to support veterans as they transition from military service to collegiate study. Khangsar is also the first in his family to join the military.
“Having chosen to purse a military career, I wanted to do an internship with IVMF to get a look into what life looks like after service—for both myself and other veterans,” says Khangsar. “I have gained a more holistic look at life after service, which I am grateful to have in addition to this working experience.”
Both Khangsar and White attended several IVMF events during their month at Syracuse, including a graduation ceremony for candidates of IVMF’s Onward to Opportunity career preparation program at Fort Drum. The cadets also visited Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango, New York, upstate New York’s veteran resource center, to learn more about the resources and programs available to veterans and their families in the area.
White is now completing a second assignment, while Khangsar is visiting family in New York City before returning to the Air Force Academy for his final year of study.
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