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DoD College Acquisition Internship Program

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We appreciate the interest in our 2019 DoD College Acquisition Internship program (DCAIP). The application window has closed! Please consider applying on September 1, 2019 for the Summer 2020 DoD College Acquisition Internship program.

About the 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. Student interns will gain experience in career fields available within the Acquisition workforce such as: Engineering, Contracting, Logistics, Business - Financial Management, Business - Cost Estimating, Information Technology, Test & Evaluation, Auditing, Industrial Contract Property Management, Purchasing, Science and Technology, Production, Quality and Manufacturing, Facilities Engineering, and Program Management.

Participating Agencies

Students will have the opportunity to perform their internships within the following agencies: Missile Defense Agency, Defense Contract Audit Agency, Defense Contract Management Agency, or Naval Sea Systems Command. Students selected will be placed in an agency according to the geographic locations annotated in their application.

Program Tracks

The DoD College Acquisition Internship Program has two tracks for student interns—engineering/technical and program analyst/non-technical—depending on the student’s major and career interests. Students in all degree fields are invited to apply. Students majoring in engineering and STEM fields will be placed in the Technical track, Engineering. Students majoring in non-STEM fields will be placed in the Non-technical track, Program Analyst.

Program Length

Students will work full-time (40 hours/week) over 10 consecutive weeks between June and August 2019. There may be opportunities to work over Winter break, based on the agency’s need and student’s availability.


Students should choose three (3) locations from the following list:

  • Hartford, CT
  • Boston/Lowell, MA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Midwest:
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dayton, OH
  • South:
  • Washington, DC Area
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Melbourne, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
  • Dahlgren, VA
  • Hampton/Newport News, VA
  • West:
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Denver, CO


Students selected will earn an hourly rate based on their qualifications, education level, and set within the basic hourly range of ($14.00-$22.00); this rate includes locality which varies depending on geographic location. The hourly rate for 2019 may vary depending on the locality pay adjustment for the duty location of the position filled.


  • 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
  • Training/Mentoring
  • Security Clearance
  • Earn annual leave, sick leave and paid federal holidays
  • May qualify for a Student Intern Relocation Incentive
  • May gain the opportunity to non-competitively convert to a permanent Acquisition workforce position upon successful completion of the program.

Eligibilty Requirements

To be considered you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen (Interns cannot 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
  • Apply via email through the link on HCI's website or to
  • Be available for an interview and other applicable processing between October 2018 and December 2018
  • Be available for the 10-week summer program June through August of 2019
  • 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.

Application Period

Applications will be accepted September 1 through October 15, 2018, or until the maximum number of applications have been received. Incomplete application packages will NOT be considered. Please follow all the instructions on this site and submit your completed application package to:

Required Documents

Application packets MUST NOT include Personally Identifiable Information (PII) such as Social Security Numbers, Financial Information, Race/Ethnicity, or Photographs.

    Applications MUST include:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. Résumé that includes the following information:
    1. contact information;
    2. completed course work (unit/credit hours);
    3. academic standing/GPA;
    4. 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;
    5. 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. If your school’s transcripts or documentation do not provide all the necessary information listed above, you should include additional official academic documentation that meets the requirements.
  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.

Students submitting incomplete applications or applications past the deadline WILL NOT be considered for the program


If you have questions about the DoD College Acquisition Intern Program, please contact us at


  1. Will I need to get a security clearance?
    A: Participants in the Intern program must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance from the DoD. It is highly encouraged you read the attached security clearance adjudication guidelines prior to applying to the program. A copy of the standard security questionnaire form can be found at: Applicants should not submit a SF86 form at this time. Applicants will be notified when and if they are required to submit this form.
  2. Is this a paid internship?
    A: Yes, interns receive a competitive hourly rate for the duration of the internship.
  3. Do I qualify for the internship if I have already completed my undergraduate degree?
    A: No, to be eligible for the DoD College Acquisition Internship, you must be currently enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program.
  4. Do I qualify for the internship if I am a Senior?
    A: No, to be eligible for the DoD College Acquisition Internship, you must 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.
  5. When is the application deadline?
    A: The application window will close at 11:59 EST on October 15, 2018, or until the maximum number of applications have been received.
  6. Are international students eligible for an internship?
    A: No, only U.S. citizens are eligible to participate in the DoD College Acquisition Internship program.
  7. Do you provide housing?
    A: No, Student Interns will not be provided housing. However, selected students may be eligible for a relocation incentive.
  8. What if I used drugs or still use drugs; will this disqualify me from the internship or future employment?
    A: To be considered suitable for employment with the DoD, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs or misused prescription drugs within the last 12 months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to 12 months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing. Many jobs within the DoD require the applicant to be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Some jobs also require drug testing for safety or national security reasons.
  9. I live in a state that has legalized the use of marijuana. How will that affect my internship and possible employment with the DoD?
    A: While states such as Colorado and Washington have legalized recreational marijuana under state law, and 20 states plus the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana for medical conditions, marijuana remains a controlled substance under federal law. Drug use is considered during the background investigation process, and may adversely impact your eligibility for a security clearance or suitability for employment.
  10. What if the background investigation finds something disqualifying about me, will I have a chance to explain?
    A: Yes, prior to the denial of a security clearance, you will be given an opportunity to provide additional information to explain the circumstances surrounding the issue. If the clearance is denied, you will also have the right to appeal that decision. It is advised that applicants be truthful and forthcoming throughout the investigative process, as failure to provide requested information is a serious issue.