SkillBridge DoD Program

Navigate Your Transition to Civilian Life with Tilson

The Department of Defense (DoD) SkillBridge internship program was created to provide opportunities for Active-Duty Service Members to work directly on real-time projects, receive training and mentorship, and gain valuable career experience before transitioning to civilian life. As a proud partner organization for the DoD SkillBridge program since 2019, Tilson is a veteran-led company actively employing veterans, including many still serving in the guard and reserve. We understand the unique skills, dedication, and leadership qualities military personnel bring to the table. That’s why we’re committed to supporting your transition from the military to civilian life by offering hands-on training, mentorship, and meaningful employment opportunities.

At Tilson, SkillBridge interns gain valuable civilian work experience in the telecommunications sector while applying their service experience during the three-to-six-month internship. At the end of the program, over 25% of interns move into full-time positions.

Applications are accepted year-round and are reviewed on a rolling basis, with flexible start dates based on your transition schedule.

“Tilson’s SkillBridge program gave me the opportunity to transition from a military to a civilian career. Now, I get the opportunity to accomplish a new mission objective – helping others do the same as they join Tilson to create America’s information infrastructure.” – Rennie Onders, Manager of Workforce Programs and former SkillBridge Intern

Program Eligibility Requirements

To participate in Tilson’s DoD SkillBridge internship program, you must be in your last 180 days of active service and meet the eligibility requirements listed on the DoD’s SkillBridge site. Please check with your Education and Training Office to learn if your service department and installation has additional program requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions  

Is the internship paid?

You will continue to earn your pay, allowances, and benefits through the DoD during your internship.

Do I need experience working in the telecommunications industry?

Experience in telecommunications is not a requirement to be a SkillBridge intern at Tilson; we know that military service empowers individuals with valuable knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) that can translate in any industry.

Do you offer remote SkillBridge positions?

Yes, Tilson offers on-site and remote internship opportunities based on your location and preferences.

When do the SkillBridge internships start?

Tilson accepts applications year-round and reviews them on a rolling basis. We offer a flexible start date based on your transition schedule.

What benefits do you offer for military and veterans when hired for full or part-time employment?

Along with competitive health benefits, 401k matching, generous PTO and paid holidays (including Veterans Day), and paid parental leave policies, Tilson offers additional benefits for full-time service members and veterans:

If I have additional questions, who do I reach out to?

Please contact Rennie Onders, Tilson Workforce Program Manager, at if you have questions. As a former SkillBridge intern who successfully transitioned to a full-time position at Tilson, Rennie is available to help guide you through the SkillBridge program.

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