Employer Frequently Asked Questions

Program Purpose

What is the Veteran Fellowship Program?

The Veteran Fellowship Program (VFP) is an innovative career pathway program combining business education with experiential employment. Designed as a collaborative education and employment program, fellows will pair hands-on professional experience with a business administration certificate program. Veterans and veteran spouses who complete the program will experience transformational success as they enter or re-enter the civilian workforce.

What do you mean by collaborative?

VFP is a joint venture between Operation Stand Down Tennessee, Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey College of Business and Middle Tennessee employers.

What is the goal of the program?

VFP will assist the veteran or veteran spouse with career discernment, business fluency, professional development, and an understanding of the civilian workspace. Additionally, VFP will expand the host employer’s knowledge of Veteran and veteran spouse capabilities and assist with recruitment and retention.


Who selects my fellow?

A selection panel comprised of Belmont and OSDTN staff will review applications and narrow the field of candidates to a pool of qualified potential fellows.  In the application, candidates are asked to rank their industry preference.  Based on the rankings and the selection panel review, employers will interview prospective fellows to rank their preference for placements.

Do the Fellows expect to be hired at the end of the program?

While the employer is welcome to make an offer of permanent employment at the end of the fellowship, all participants fully understand that this is a job experience program and not an employment placement program.



What is my cost?

The cost per fellow for each host employer is $10,000.  This is half of the cost for each fellow to participate in the program and helps cover the monthly stipend, wage and education costs.

Who covers the rest of the cost?

Through the support of our donors, Operation Stand Down Tennessee covers the other half of the fellowship expenses.

What are the expectations for my business’ participation?

The fellows will be provided introductory business courses from the Belmont University Jack C. Massey School of Business.  The course of study will include topics critical to today’s workforce such as accounting, branding, marketing, among others.  Host employers will complement the classroom education with workplace experiences.  Fellow are expected to meet the same high standards as your regular employees, receive a meaningful learning opportunity, and add value to your business.  


Will the fellow be “on my books?”

No.  Operation Stand Down Tennessee will be the employer of record in terms of payroll, workers compensation, etc.  Host employers will onboard the fellow to their unique business’s procedures, processes and culture.


Will my business be included in OSDTN’s marketing materials?

Yes, each business will be included in the marketing materials.  All the fellows, funders and others involved with VFP will be exposed to your business through the program marketing efforts and collateral materials. Additional opportunities for exposure, networking, and recognition may arise throughout your cohort.

What happens if my fellow is dropped from the program or my employment?

You will receive your contribution back minus the cost accrued up to that point.