Current news for UVA veterans

Special Invitation: Meet one-on-one with a Central Intelligence Agency Representative to explore job and internship opportunities.

Tuesday, October 13 & Wednesday, October 14

Are you interested in working for the Central Intelligence Agency? We have a special opportunity for students to chat one-on-one with a CIA Representative to explore job and internship opportunities and life at the CIA. These are informal sessions—not job interviews.

Central Intelligence Agency Office Hours
Tuesday, October 13 & Wednesday, October 14

How to Participate
For this specific opportunity we're requesting that students DO NOT register in Handshake. To participate, please call the UVA Career Center at (434) 924-8900*, Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30am-4:30 PM (EDT) to sign-up for a time-slot.

*You must also speak live with a person to confirm your time. Please do not leave a voicemail as those requests will not be honored.

Sign-ups end Monday, October 12th at 3 PM (EDT). Undergraduate and Graduate students of all academic disciplines are encouraged to attend.

How to Prepare
Once you have officially signed-up through the process mentioned above, we recommend you prepare by going to their website, taking the short survey through the website’s Job Fit Tool and having your results ready for the conversation.

During the conversation you can discuss:
Resume style
Cover letters
Preparing for an interview
Anything else regarding work at the CIA

Again these are informal sessions—not job interviews—but please be prepared with questions about positions found on All CIA positions require US citizenship and relocation to the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Intelligence Week: Navigating the Security Clearance Process 2020

Tuesday, September 15th 2020, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Are you applying to a position that requires a security clearance? Attend this session to learn what experiences and behaviors to avoid so that you move through the process smoothly!

This session will also give you the opportunity to talk-through the different steps needed for your clearance and what to expect in that process (e.x. forms, polygraph test, interview, etc.).

Make sure to register for this event by following this Zoom link:

This event is a part of the Intelligence and Security Careers Week. To find out more and join other events please visit:

Intelligence and Security Careers Week is co-hosted by the Public Service and Government Career Community in the UVA Career Center and Batten Career Services in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

UVA Veteran Faculty & Alumni Panel (Veteran’s Day event), Wednesday, November 11, 1700-1800

Veteran’s Day is a day to honor and remember those who served in the military. Come and hear from a diverse panel of UVA faculty and alumni veterans on their stories and paths in the time they served, and their story after their time in the military

Understanding the Major application process, Tuesday, October 13, 1800-1900

You’ve taken all the required pre-requisites, are ready to apply, but then realize that you need letters of recommendation, and also have to write essays, what?! It can be easy to get blindsided by the major application process, especially if you are applying to multiple majors, which also have varying deadlines (some as early as late Fall semester, most early to mid-Spring of your 2nd year).

Attend this event to learn more about the major application process, things to consider when organizing your materials to apply, and develop a plan of action to succeed.

Solider to Student resume 101 Workshop: Wednesday, September 16, 1800-1900

Transitioning from solider to student can be filled with a myriad of challenges, from understanding your benefits, knowing where/who to go for information, or just the general mindset switch overall. Another “hidden” challenge is knowing how to effectively translate and discuss what you did in the military on your resume/cover letter to employers to highlight your diverse skillset to match their needs. If you are you interested in attending the virtual Career Fairs or see an internship or job that you want to apply to, having the proper career materials is going to be crucial to landing that opportunity.

Attend this event to learn more about how to translate your veteran resume to student resume as well as learn more on how to effectively navigate and network in your time as a student.

Looking for work?

The Virginia Employment Commission is planning a statewide "Veteran friendly" virtual hiring event on July 28th from 1:00 to 5:00. The first hour will be dedicated for Veteran job seekers, and then it will be open to the public from 2:00 to 5:00.

Student Veteran Named Tillman Scholar

Marine Veteran Sam Long ’22 Recognized for Leadership, Commitment to Service

Sam Long was commissioned in the Marine Corps after earning a B.S. in political science from the U.S. Naval Academy. Photo by Sarah Morris

Sam Long ’22, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and student at the University of Virginia School of Law, has been named a 2020 Tillman Scholar.

The Tillman Foundation’s scholarship recipients are “military service members, veterans and spouses with a high potential for impact as demonstrated through a proven track record of leadership, the continued pursuit of education and the commitment of their resources to service beyond self,” according to the foundation’s website. The newly selected class will receive funding to pursue higher education and continue their service in the fields of health care, business, law, public service, STEM, education, and the humanities.

Long, whose five siblings are all also veterans, was commissioned in the Marine Corps after earning a B.S. in political science from the U.S. Naval Academy. After two deployments as an infantry officer and platoon commander, he volunteered for recruiting duty at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, becoming deputy director of Marine Corps Recruiter School. He is also a volunteer with Service to School, a nonprofit that provides free college and grad school application counseling to veterans and service members.

“I’m definitely proud to be a Marine and always will be, but I’m mostly thankful for the people in and out of the organization who have been an example for me to follow,” Long said. “Those folks have had the greatest impact on my commitment to service.”

At the recruit depot, he connected three recruiters with the U.S. immigration office to help 14 applicants become Marines who otherwise may have been excluded because they didn’t have green cards.

“Anyone hoping to contribute to our country certainly deserves a chance to be an American,” Long said. “As a lawyer, I will especially help those interested in military and public service obtain lawful residency.”

At UVA Law, the Newnan, Georgia, native is president of Virginia Law Families and a member of the Virginia Tax Review editorial board and of Virginia Law Veterans.

In addition to his bachelor’s, he earned an M.S. in accounting from Liberty University.

Long said he hopes to become a lawyer in Houston after graduating.

He is the second UVA Law student to receive the Tillman Scholarship, after Brian Wotring ’13.

The Tillman Foundation was created by family and friends of Pat Tillman, an NFL player who enlisted in the Army after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and was killed in Afghanistan in 2004.

Senate Passes the Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020

This week, the Senate passed H.R. 6322, the Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020. The bill authorizes continued VA Work-Study payments during COVID-19 pandemic, among other important fixes and protections.

We’ve heard from many student veterans who rely on their pay from a VA Work-Study position to make ends meet while in school. Without this new law, the VA would not have been able to continue to pay this benefit if a school is closed or has no way to support the VA Work-Study position remotely. SVA applauds Congress’ swift action to address the urgent needs of student veterans across the country.

At the beginning of this pandemic, SVA worked to immediately raise the flag on the potential loss of tuition and housing for any student in a program that converts from in-person to online learning, which may have impacted over half a million students. We led a coalition of over 70 organizations and colleges that resulted in the passage of a new law in about a week.

Since then, SVA has also addressed concerns with the loss of work-study income, changes in unemployment eligibility, and entitlement restoration to reduce the negative impacts COVID-19 will have on student veterans and military-connected students.

We know there is more work to do. We’re tracking issues related to course options during the summer term, shifts in terms impacting housing, and availability of internship options. We continue to work closely with Capitol Hill, the VA, and our VSO partners to understand and advocate for greater support for student veterans and their families during these unprecedented times.

As H.R. 6322 heads to the President’s desk, we look forward to an equally swift signature that finalizes these needed protections. As always, you can contact your SVA National Headquarters team if we can better connect with and support you in any way.