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Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition,
Technology and Logistics – Human Capital Initiatives

Entry-Level Career Opportunity

Find Your Career

A program that provides an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion. For more information visit:

Pathways Program

Careers at OPM - Students & Recent Graduates

Internship: The Pathways Internship Program provides selected students a paid opportunity (internship) with the Department of Defense while they are current enrolled high school, undergraduate or graduate school.


Recent Graduate: This program provides an opportunity for recent graduates (within two years of degree or certificate completion) to participate in a career development program with the potential for conversion to a permanent position.


Presidential Management Fellows: A highly competitive program for college graduates with advanced degrees (Master’s, Ph.D) that are selected for future leadership programs. The program requires 4-6 months of service with the option for conversion to a permanent position.

For additional information on employment with the Department of Defense, please visit:

HCI Career Ladder Slicksheet

Career Ladder Slick Sheet