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  • Q.Can you tell me more about Volkswagen Group of America?
    A. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. VWGoA houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, and Volkswagen and is the sole importer and distributer of Bugatti and Rimac vehicles in the U.S. VWGoA also operates a state-of-the-art assembly facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee which produces Volkswagen brand vehicles including the Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, and the ID.4. VW Credit, Inc. (doing business as “Volkswagen Financial Services”), a wholly owned subsidiary of VWGoA, provides financial services and innovative mobility solutions. Electrify America, another VWGoA subsidiary, is building a publicly-accessible, nation-wide electric vehicle charging network. VWGoA’s autonomous vehicle (AV) technology Public Va. The company has approximately 10,000 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a network of approximately 1,000 independent dealers. You can read some of VWGoA’s latest press releases on the VW media website linked here.
  • Q. Is the Future Leaders in Mobility Program designed for students interested in cars?
    A. While exposure to cars is a benefit of participating in the Future Leaders in Mobility Program, it is not the only focus. This program will provide student participants with exposure to many career paths available in the automotive industry. Whether you are interested in working in the production plant, in the dealership or in a corporate position, this program has much to offer you.
  • Q.Do you have a complete list of careers that will be discussed during the program?
    A. Areas of focus and/or discussion include, but may not be limited to, the following career paths: Finance, Government Relations, Engineering, Corporate Law, Human Relations, Supply Chain Management (Logistics), Marketing and Branding, Manufacturing, and Dealership Operations.
  • Q. Can you provide more detail on what I can expect from the Future Leaders in Mobility Program?
    A. Engaging presentations from employees across the company, covering an array of business areas within the automotive industry. Introductions to each of Volkswagen Group of America’s brands and subsidiaries, such as Audi, Bentley, and Lamborghini. Hands-on demonstrations of the technology that impacts the automotive industry today. Group activities to apply the lessons learned throughout the week and engage with fellow future leaders in mobility. An opportunity for professional development by interacting with employees throughout Volkswagen and participating in skill-building workshops. The program also allows students to select a mentor from among the presenters for a year-long continuation of insights into the automotive industry and support and guidance as students prepare to enroll in college.
  • Q. How many students will be selected for the Future Leaders in Mobility Program?
    A. There will be twenty-five (25) students selected for the program.
  • Q. When and how will I find out if I am selected for the program?
    A. You will be notified on May 24, 2024 via a phone call.
  • Q. What are the dates and times of the program?
    A. The program will be held from August 5-9, 2024, from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily.
  • Q. Will you provide transportation to and from the VWGoA site?
    A. Yes. Student participants will meet the team at the Greater Washington Urban League (2901 14th Street NW, Washington, DC) at 9:00 AM every day. A bus will transport all the students to the VWGoA HQ (1950 Opportunity Way, Reston, VA) and return you to GWUL for pick-up at 5:00 PM.
  • Q. Are the students required to take the GWUL transportation during the week-long program?
    A. Commuting via the GWUL transportation is strongly encouraged. Exceptions may be made for students in close proximity to the VWGoA Reston HQ (1950 Opportunity Way, Reston, VA).
  • Q. Will I need to pack a lunch to bring every day?
    A. No. We will provide snacks and lunch daily.
  • Q. Will pictures be taken of me during the program?
    A. Yes, we expect to take pictures of and film aspects of the program. This content will only be publicly shared if a parent or guardian has signed the Photo Release Form.
  • Q. Is there an application fee?
    A. No. There is no application fee for the program.
  • Q. What are the eligibility criteria?
    A. The eligibility criteria require you to be: A rising high school junior or senior (graduating class of 2025 or 2026); From a historically underserved and vulnerable population; A student attending a high school in the District of Columbia; Montgomery County, MD; Prince Georges County, MD; or Northern Virginia; Interested in a career in the automotive industry.
  • Q. When is the application due?
    A. The application is due no later than May 3, 2024.
  • Q. Will my parent have to approve my participation in the program?
    A. Yes. Your parent or guardian will need to complete and submit a Parental Approval and Permission Form prior to your attendance.
  • Q. Do I need a reference letter?
    A. Yes. One reference letter is required.
  • Q. Do I have to submit an essay?
    A. Yes. Your essay will be submitted using the fillable form in the application. It may not exceed 500 words.
  • Q. How do I submit my application?
    A. Your complete application will be submitted via this Google Forms link.
  • Q. Do I have to attend the mandatory half-day orientation session?
    A. Yes. You will need to attend the half-day orientation session
  • Q. How long will the orientation session take?
    A. The orientation session will be approximately three hours in length.
  • Q.Do I have to attend every day of the week-long program in August?
    A.Yes. In participating in the program, you agree to attend every day of the week-long program.
  • Q. Is participation in the mentorship program mandatory?
    A. No. The mentorship program is a non-mandatory offering. It is, however, a great opportunity to gain additional career advice and guidance as participating students chart their career paths.
  • Q.Who do I contact for if I have questions or technical difficulties?
    A. Please submit your questions or requests for technical support via email to Please allow up to 24 business hours for a response.
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