Program Background and Inspiration

Team Rubicon realizes that today’s military does a tremendous job preparing veterans for life after the military with numerous ‘soft skills’ such as: leadership, teamwork, risk analysis, priority tasking and work ethic. However, many veterans leave the military lacking with the ‘hard skills’ necessary to thrive in a tough civilian job market. Additionally, research indicates that many veterans are seeking employment in the social sector, with an emphasis on helping their fellow veterans.

The intent of the Clay Hunt Fellowship Program is to develop competent professionals capable of competing in the civilian workforce, and as leaders within Team Rubicon. These leaders are expected to represent Team Rubicon in the spirit of Clay Hunt, holding the Program and the organization in the highest regard and serving as an ambassador to each, as Clay did.

The Clay Hunt Fellows Program was established to increase volunteer engagement and to build leadership within Team Rubicon’s domestic disaster response initiatives. Through their role, Fellows will not only receive the mission, community, and identity Clay sought, but they will be charged with building similar opportunities for others within the organization.


CHFP Components



Fellows will be expected to deploy on missions in a variety of roles.
They will develop the necessary leadership skills to become the future volunteer leaders of TRNation.


Program participants will be required to complete ICS 300, ICS 400, and ASIST during the fellowship year. Additional training opportunities will be presented throughout the year as well.



Fellows will responsible for identifying a mentor to help guide them on their journey. Upon completion of the Fellowship Year it will be expected that each Fellow reach back and provide mentorship to future classes of Fellows as part of the CHFP Alumni Program.


Fellows will participate in a self-discovery journey as part of their fellowship. While you may have been sure of whom you were when you had your uniform on; it is time to discover who you are now that you have traded it in for a grey shirt. The self-discovery phase of the program allows fellows to answer that question and develop goals to achieve a successful life and transition.


Capstone Project

Fellows will assess the needs of Team Rubicon and develop a project proposal – which is submitted to the National TRaining Office for approval. Once approved the fellowship project teams will solicit the support of both full-time staff and volunteers to assist in project completion. Routine monthly reports of project progression will be required for submission. Project results will be presented to TRNation for potential implementation across the organization as part of the graduation week.

Applications for Cohort 8 Open July 2018

Clay Hunt Fellowship Program Pam Gieselman

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Clay Hunt Fellow Pam Gieselman reflects on the CHFP and continued service

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