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Seeking Department of Defense Acquisition Internship (DCAIP) Interns

01/07/19 09:00 PM

Seeking Department of Defense Acquisition Internship (DCAIP) Interns

The Department of Defense College Acquisition Internship Program (DCAIP) is a paid, 10-week summer internship that provides students with real-world exposure to Department of Defense acquisition workforce career opportunities. The program targets full-time second-and third-year students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college or university. The DoD College Acquisition Internship Program for 2020 will have several tracks such as technical, financial, contracting, and business. Students in all degree fields are encouraged to apply.

DCAIP Offers:

·         Paid salary and the opportunity to earn annual leave, sick leave and paid federal holidays

·         Training/mentoring

·         Security Clearance initiation

·         Interns may qualify for a Student Intern Relocation Incentive

·         Interns may gain the opportunity to non-competitively convert to an entry-level permanent acquisition workforce position upon successful completion of the program that may have a full performance potential to the GS-12

Interns receive hands-on, practical experience in analysis, research, report writing, oral briefings, policy development, program analysis and computer applications.

Program Length:

Selected students will work full-time (40 hours/week) over 10 consecutive weeks between May and August 2020. There may be opportunities to work over winter break and to return during the summer of 2021; this is determined by DoD Component need, continued eligibility, and student’s availability.

Interns may gain the opportunity to be non-competitively convert to an entry-level permanent acquisition workforce position upon successful completion of the program and may have a full performance potential to the GS-12.


Although selected students will receive hourly pay, they will NOT receive a housing allowance. Students applying should choose a location in which they have access to housing. Positions are available in the following areas (choose one city and annotate on application checklist):

•Port Hueneme, CA


Students selected will earn a salary rate based on their qualifications, education level, and set within the GS-4 pay scale ($35,638 - $46,328). This rate includes locality, which varies depending on geographic location.


•Opportunity to gain experience in research, analysis, report writing, oral briefings, policy development, program analysis, and computer applications as related to the acquisition workforce

•Paid Salary


•Security Clearance

•Earn annual leave, sick leave and paid federal holidays

•May qualify for a Student Intern Relocation Incentive (DoD Components determine)

•May gain the opportunity to non-competitively convert to a permanent acquisition workforce position upon successful completion of the program.

How to Apply for the 2020 DCAIP:

The application checklist will be available on September 1, 2019 at

Application Period:

September 1, 2019 – October 1, 2019 2359 EDT (11:59 p.m. EDT) or until the maximum number of applications per location have been received. Locations will close as the maximum number is received.

This program is for college students. To be considered, you must not graduate before May 2020. To be eligible you MUST:

  • Be a U.S. citizen (Interns may NOT hold dual-citizenship).
  • Be suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
  • Be able to obtain and hold a security clearance.
  • Be enrolled full-time as a sophomore or junior in an undergraduate program at an accredited university and have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  • Be available for an interview and other applicable processing between October 2019 and December 2019.
  • Be available for the 10-week summer program May through August of 2020.
  • If male, over 18 years of age, and born after December 31, 1959, you have registered with the Selective Service System.

NOTE: Some positions may require pre-employment drug testing.

Required Documents: Application packets MUST NOT include information such as a Social Security Number, Financial Information, Race/Ethnicity, or Photographs.

Applications MUST include:

1. A completed Application Checklist (available on 1 September 2019).

2.Résumé that includes the following information: a. contact information;

b. completed course work (unit/credit hours);

c. degree and academic standing/GPA;

d. work/volunteer experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates or employment; and title, series, and grade, if applicable;

e. two (2) references that include the name, phone number and email address for each reference. References can be selected from a part-time or full-time job, prior internship, volunteer, or paid work experiences. References might include current or former supervisors, faculty mentors, campus staff or advisers, coaches or anyone in a professional position who can speak about your character, skills, and work ethic.

 3. Current transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however if selected, an official college transcript will be required. Transcripts MUST include the student’s name, name of the school, current GPA/academic standing, past and current coursework, and degree program.

4.Proof of Enrollment or Class Registration and documentation that states projected graduation date.*

*Proof of Enrollment may include a screen shot of the student’s semester class schedule, an official letter of enrollment, or listed on official transcripts. The document should show the academic institution where the full-time student is currently enrolled.

5.DD-214 (Member 4 copy) If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference view FedsHireVets.

Students submitting incomplete applications, applications for a location that has closed, or applications past the 1 October deadline WILL NOT be considered!

More Information:

Visit for more information, including eligibility requirements and answers to frequently asked questions. 

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