Internships

INTERNSHIPS

DOD's high quality programs for students, graduates and professionals are:

  • Pathways Programs — The Pathways Programs offer clear paths to Federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates, and provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal service. For information, please visit: Pathways Programs.

    As a student or recent graduate, you can begin your career in the Federal government by choosing the path that best describes you and where you are in your academics. Pathways Programs consist of:

    • Internship Program — Current students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions from high school to graduate level, with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school.

    • Recent Graduates Program — Individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs and seek a dynamic, career development program with training and mentorship. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years to apply).

    • Presidential Management Fellows Program — The PMF Program is the Federal government’s premier leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. This program is for individuals who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years.

  • Department of Defense Centralized Intern Program — The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking motivated student interns to fill various job opportunities in a challenging and rewarding work environment. The DOD Internship Program is designed to provide students with real-world experience in all areas of DOD. The goal of the DOD Centralized Intern Program is to facilitate the building of a competent, diverse, and highly-skilled civilian workforce, ready to meet 21st century global challenges, and supports the department's national security mission. A 2013 application link is not available at this time.

  • National Security Agency (NSA) Graduate Training Program — Today's job marketplace is competitive. To get a step ahead you need to gain practical experience before you graduate. Come work with the top professionals in your field at NSA. Our internships, co-op program, scholarships, and work study programs will help you to develop and shape your career well before your studies are through.

  • Workforce Recruitment Program — The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. Co-sponsored by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Department of Defense with the participation of many other federal agencies and sub-agencies, the WRP has provided employment opportunities for over 5,500 students since 1995. To be eligible for the WRP, students must be current, full-time undergraduate or graduate students with a disability, or have graduated within one year of the release of the database each December. Students must be U.S. citizens.

  • Washington Headquarters Services — Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) is searching for top performing interns in nearly all disciplines from administrative through highly technical to place in over 50 different areas of The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). OSD is the principal staff element of the Secretary in the exercise of policy development, planning, resource management, fiscal, and program evaluation responsibilities.

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