December 18, 2014
Skills Training, Pitch Competition, and Micro-Grants for Student Veterans

The Atlantic Council is seeking applications from student veterans in Omaha, Los Angeles, and Chicago for the 2016 Take Point University (TPU) program and challenge. TPU is a launch-pad for student veterans aspiring to become foreign policy thought leaders and opinion shapers. TPU offers a unique public platform where participants can distinguish themselves as intellectual entrepreneurs and secure $2,500 or more to support internships in the foreign policy sector or original project ideas with a nexus to international relations while also benefiting from professional skills training, enhancing their networks, and engaging with senior leaders.

To pitch your project, please apply to one of the following local pitch competitions. The Application Deadlines for each TPU pitch event are as follows:

Chicago: Application Deadline 11:59 PM EDT April 4, 2016
Omaha: Application Deadline 11:59 PM EDT March 13, 2016
Los Angeles: Application Deadline 11:59 PM EDT March 13, 2016

Apply here (

Just want to participate in the workshops and private sessions and don't want to pitch? RSVP for your local TPU event below before the posted deadline to save your seat:

TPU Chicago - April 15, 2016 - RSVP by April 10:

TPU Los Angeles - April 1 - RSVP by March 18:

Take Point University: How it Works
The 2016 TPU program consists of a single full-day event including training, networking, senior speakers, and the TPU Challenge – a public pitch competition with a minimum prize of $2,500. The program will be available in three major cities: Los Angeles, Omaha, and Chicago and take place in April, 2016. Each program offers the following opportunities:

1. TPU Challenge – Make the case for your internship funding or idea for a project at a public, TED-Talk style event. A panel of expert judges will award a minimum of $2,500 to support one or more of the presenters. Only the top 2-3 proposals submitted before the posted deadline will be invited to pitch.

2. Participate in interactive professional training workshops focused on functional, resume-ready skills relevant to the nonprofit and foreign policy sectors such as communications, public speaking, advocacy, and negotiation.

3. Engage with senior foreign policy leaders.

4. Network with experts, potential employers, and other student veterans in foreign affairs.

What to proposeWe encourage candidates to submit proposals seeking funding for foreign policy internships which they have already secured or been offered, or creative and entrepreneurial project proposals that advance the following Take Point objectives:

a. Advance the applicant's professional development and career as a foreign policy leader;

b. Raise the profile of student veterans in foreign policy and drive a healthy dialogue around post-9/11 veterans as thought leaders in international affairs;

c. Inject new ideas into the international and national security discourse; and

d. Engage more veterans in foreign policy, especially those outside the policy community.

Projects may include any endeavor that addresses the goals above and can feasibly be completed before the end of 2016, including, but not limited to, events, publications, research, or digital activities.

Eligibility: TPU challenge events and workshops will be held in Los Angeles, Omaha, and Chicago in late March and early April this year. Any and all student veterans are eligible to apply for TPU, provided they can attend one of the events at their own cost.

TPU is an extension of the Atlantic Council's Take Point Initiative ( Through service, young veterans possess invaluable on-the-ground insights about the challenges America faces abroad and a first-hand understanding of how US foreign policy translates to the real world. These insights are essential to formulating effective policy going forward, yet young veterans are largely underrepresented in the think tanks and academic institutions that shape policy and policy makers in Washington, DC. Launched in 2014 and chaired by former Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel, Take Point gives post-9/11 veterans a voice in these arenas by supporting young veterans pursuing careers as thought leaders and intellectual entrepreneurs in international affairs with training, publicity, networks, and funding.

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