A new effort from TiVo, the media company famous for pioneering DVR, is looking to help war veterans find a place in the workforce through internships. Tom Rogers, TiVo Inc.’s CEO, and Tom Wolzien, a Vietnam veteran and member of TiVo’s board of directors, detailed the program in an editorial published Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal.
“Since we have internships for college students, why not vets?” they wrote. “A resume credential ‘buffer,’ such as the internship, answers the critical question of whether a veteran can successfully transition to civilian employment.”
TiVo hired 10 veterans out of a pool of hundreds for the inaugural term this summer, and the initiative has shown success so far: “a number” of the interns will actually be hired on a permanent basis after the program, Rogers and Wolzien announced in the Journal.
Given the serious difficulties veterans face when transitioning into an already tough job market—difficulties Reader’s Digest explored in a recent feature in our June issue—we applaud TiVo not only for launching their Summer Veterans Intern Program, but for continuing to bring attention to the cause on a national platform.
Now we want to hear from you as we continue to follow this story across America. If you’re a veteran or are making efforts to help employ our veterans at work, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment below.