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

Entry-Level Career Opportunities

DoD College Acquisition Internship Program

The DoD College Acquisition Internship Program is a paid, 10-week summer internship that provides students with real-world exposure to Department of Defense acquisition workforce career opportunities. The program is geared toward full-time second and third year students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college or university. Interns will receive hands-on, practical experience in analysis, research, report writing, oral briefings, policy development, program analysis, and computer applications.

For more information visit: DoD College Acquisition Internship Program

Scholarship Opportunities

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing technical degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.The program is an opportunity for students to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed by the Department of Defense (DoD) upon degree completion.

For more information visit:  SMART Scholarship Program, STEM Scholarships, Information Assurance Scholarship Program, National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

Pathways Program

Careers at OPM - Students & Recent Graduates

The Pathways Program offers federal internship and employment opportunities for current students, recent graduates and those with an advanced degree.

For more information visit: USAJOBS Pathways Program, or click on one of the three available paths below:

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.

For additional information visit: Internships

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.

For additional information visit: Recent Graduates


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 visit: PMF

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

Other College Scholarship Programs

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program

Pathways Internship Program SMART Scholarship for Service Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program (SFS)
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