Did you know that you can serve in the Department of Defense without having to go to boot camp or wear a uniform? In fact, the DoD is the largest employer in the United States!
Most peoples’ perceptions of the DoD are informed by films, advertising, and the news – stories and images of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines on the front line defending our freedom every day. What people don’t always recognize is the DoD’s reliance on the support of its civilian workforce, especially those serving in the defense acquisition workforce.
College students: Have you ever wondered what it's like to work for the Missile Defense Agency, Defense Contract Audit Agency, Defense Contract Management Agency, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, or Naval Sea Systems Command? Find out through a summer internship with U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) College Acquisition Internship program! Learn more about the program and apply here: http://www.hci.mil/dodcareers/internship.html.
Posted by Human Capital Initiatives on Tuesday, September 4, 2018
So, what is defense acquisition?
The defense acquisition workforce consists of civilian and uniformed personnel at the DoD who design, procure, test, deliver and sustain the most technologically advanced systems and services in the world to ensure our service members have the tools they need to successfully perform their missions and come home safely.
Everything our service members use – from portable water purification systems to tanks – is obtained through the acquisition workforce. The DoD relies on its acquisition workforce – 91 percent of whom are civilians – to negotiate and administer contracts worth over $500 billion a year in goods and services, and to ensure that these contracts provide maximum value at the best cost to the taxpayers.
There are nearly 150,000 civilians in the acquisition workforce spanning 15 career fields, including engineering, IT, program management, contracting and business. Because of the diverse skill sets needed in the world of acquisition, knowledge from nearly all college majors can be applied to different careers in defense acquisition.
Are there paid summer internship opportunities available in defense acquisition?
Yes, now there are! On Sept. 1, 2018, the DoD launched the College Acquisition Internship Program for the summer of 2019. Students selected to participate will spend the summer working alongside acquisition workforce professionals at agencies such as the Missile Defense Agency, Defense Contract Audit Agency, Naval Sea Systems Command and Defense Contract Management Agency in multiple locations across the U.S.
During the internship, students will receive hands-on practical experience in analysis, research, report-writing, oral briefings, policy development, program analysis and acquisition-specific computer applications.
Not from one of the states with an internship location? Not a problem! Unlike other internship programs, the DoD College Acquisition Internship Program offers a relocation stipend for eligible summer interns. Students who successfully complete all intern program requirements may also have the opportunity to convert to a full-time, permanent position upon graduation (which includes the awesome benefits associated with working for the federal government).
Define your future by applying for the DoD College Acquisition Internship Program today. Check out hci.mil/dodcareers/internship.html for more details!
Human Capital Initiatives (HCI) is responsible for assisting the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment in carrying out statutory powers, functions, and duties of the Secretary of Defense with respect to the Defense Acquisition Workforce (AWF) as it relates to the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA). HCI implements workforce strategies, policies and programs that position the DoD to attract and retain the most competent professionals, to guarantee that the AWF is highly skilled and trained to meet current and future needs, and that defense acquisition professionals share a culture that is dedicated to excellence and serving the needs of the servicemen
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