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DoD Student Interns Offered Pathways to Civil Service

A picture of Mr. Brazis speaking to student interns

By cultivating a competitive cohort of driven interns, Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) instills the importance of civil service within our Nation’s top students.

The Department of Defense (DoD) has a number of programs for students interested in learning about the work done by government officials through interning within offices across the Department. WHS offers its serviced workforce several options for placing interns within their organizations. The Volunteer Student Intern Program is a training program for students to learn about their chosen career field and to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom. The Pathways Programs are offered at three scholastic levels: the WHS Pathways Internship Program for current students, the WHS Recent Grad Program for recent college graduates, and the Presidential Management Fellows Program for advanced degree students. All of the tracks within the Pathways Program provide the opportunity to convert to permanent positions within the federal government. Additionally, the Workforce Recruitment Program recruits college students and recent graduates with disabilities.

The serviced DoD agencies and components have been incredibly supportive of the intern programs managed by WHS. All participants have hands-on experiences that allow them to observe the impact of the entire workforce in serving the Department’s important mission. Often, interns study topics extremely relevant to the work done in the offices in which they are placed. Furthermore, the intern programs allow participants to take what they’ve learned working for the Department and apply it back to their studies. Many interns return to the programs, asking about ways they can stay involved and eventually obtain a job in the Federal Government.

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