Careers with WHS

Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) has been providing consolidated administrative and operational support to several Defense Agencies, DoD Field Activities, DoD headquarters, various military departments, the White House, and Congress since 1977. If you are interested in one of the many facets of procurement, facilities services, information technology, financial management, human resources, facilitating meetings, movement of people and things, and assuring equal employment opportunities, we may have a job for you!


All vacancy announcements for WHS positions are posted on USAJOBS. Please send one application for each vacancy announcement to which you want to apply.

  • Go to the USAJOBS website.
  • For WHS jobs: Enter 'WHS' for "Keywords" and 'DC' for "Location"
  • For OSD jobs: Enter 'OSD' for "Keywords" and 'DC' for "Location"

For transitioning service members visit the Information for Transitioning Service Members website.

For all other veterans visit the Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans website.

Disabled Veterans

Selective Placement Programs:

If you are interested in being considered under these special hiring authorities, you must contact either a state vocational or Department of Veterans Affairs rehabilitation counselor and request their assistance. They will review and prepare the necessary documents. You should ask them to provide you with a certification statement that describes your ability to perform the essential duties of the position which you are interested. Once you have obtained this certification statement, you should contact us or the Federal agency where you wish to work. Ask for the contact person that handles the Selective Placement Program. These agency representatives work closely with people with disabilities and the hiring officials. They help match applicant core skills – along with applicant/employee reasonable accommodation needs – to available jobs.

Any disabled veteran can contact the Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Counseling Offices for information on veterans benefits and related employment services. Certain veterans may also be considered under special hiring programs, such as the disabled veterans with 30% or more disability ratings.

DoD supervisors frequently make "a reasonable workplace accommodation," if requested, in either the duties of the job, or where and how job tasks are performed. Examples of workplace "reasonable accommodation," include:

  • Providing interpreters, readers, or personal assistants.
  • Modifying job duties.
  • Restructuring work sites.
  • Providing flexible work schedules or work sites.

For more information, please see the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program page.

Individuals with Disabilities
Internships - Volunteer
Internships - Paid

Pathways Internship Program

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.

The Pathways Internship Program provides paid federal employment opportunities to students who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level. Additional information about the Internship Program.

For vacancies please visit USAJOBS.


Workforce Recruitment Program

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a resource connecting public and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated post-secondary students and recent college graduates with disabilities. The program is co-sponsored by the Department of Labor and the Department of Defense.

WRP aims to provide summer work experience, and in some cases full-time employment, for college students with disabilities. The program develops partnerships with other federal agencies, each of whom makes a commitment to provide summer jobs and a staff recruiter. Each year, recruiters interview more than 1,500 students with disabilities at college and university campuses across the nation, and develop a data base listing the qualifications of each student. Interviews are arranged from November to January. College career counselors or disability student services providers who would like to schedule a recruitment trip to their campuses should contact Students interested in the program must work through their colleges. Due to limited staff resources, the Office of Disability Employment Policy cannot respond to direct student inquiries.

For consideration specifically for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and associated agencies, contact us at or by U.S. mail at:

WRP Intern Coordinator
Washington Headquarters Services
4800 Mark Center Drive
Suite 3D08
Alexandria, VA 22350

Recent Graduates

Pathways Recent Graduates Program

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.

The Pathways Recent Graduates are placed in a dynamic developmental program with the potential to continue in a federal civil service career position. The program provides developmental experiences intended to promote careers for individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Additional information about Recent Graduates.

For vacancies please visit USAJOBS.

The John S. McCain Strategic Defense Fellows Program

The John S. McCain Strategic Defense Fellows Program is a one year civilian fellowship program designed to provide leadership development for the commencement of a career track toward senior leadership in the Department of Defense.

Program Overview

The John S. McCain Strategic Defense Fellows Program is designed to acquire high performing and talented individuals with advanced degrees located throughout the United States (U.S.) who will gain experience and develop their leadership capabilities through challenging opportunities to flourish into problem solvers, strategic thinkers and future leaders.

Assignments during the fellows program are to an excepted service position in either the Office of the Secretary of Defense or an office of the Secretary of a Military Department. Upon successful completion of the fellows program, the Fellows may be placed in any reserved position in the excepted service within the DoD based on exceptional performance, funding and billet availability.


Application Period for Cohort 3

The application period for the upcoming McCain Fellows Cohort 3 will be open on November 15th, 2021.

Applicants are evaluated on their technical and professional excellence, character, commitment to public service, academic achievement, and successful completion of required background checks and security clearance.

For additional program information, application requirements and how to apply, please visit The McCain Strategic Defense Fellows Program.

For questions and inquiries, please contact the McCain Fellows Program Management Office at

Presidential Management Fellows

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program was established by Presidential Executive Order in 1977. It is designed to attract to the Federal service outstanding individuals from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have an interest in, and a commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. The program draws graduate students from a variety of academic, social, and cultural backgrounds to help meet the future challenges of public service.

PMFs are hired for two-year fellowships, with an initial appointment at the GS-09, 11, or 12 level, and may be promoted to the GS-13 level, or equivalent. Grade setting is determined based on experience and education. PMFs are eligible for benefits and hiring incentives. After successfully completing the two-year program, PMFs may be eligible for conversion to a permanent Government position and further promotional opportunities.

The PMF application/selection process is multi-tiered. Graduate students complete the OPM PMF application in the Fall (September/October timeframe) of the academic year in which they intend to graduate. OPM selects PMF Finalists based on a review of written applications and performance in group and individual interviews. PMF Finalists must then apply directly to agency PMF programs.

Application for the PMF Program opens via job opportunity announcement on USAJOBS by searching "Presidential Management Fellows". Interested candidates should visit for complete information, including qualifications, eligibility and application deadline information. For hints and tips on navigating the PMF application process, visit

Questions about the OSD PMF Program may be directed to the Program Coordinator at

Senior Executive Service (SES)
Our Workplace

WHS is committed to a work environment where:

  • team member contributions are appreciated and recognized;
  • management is interested in helping employees advance their careers;
  • employee commitment to quality is supported and recognized; and
  • everyone is encouraged to act with integrity, enjoy coming to work, take responsibility, and be accountable.

If you share this commitment, consider joining the WHS team!

What We Offer

Salaries at WHS conform to government-wide ranges approved each year by Congress. All positions have an assigned grade(s) level which sets the pay parameters for the position within the U.S. Government salary scale. Please refer to specific vacancy announcements for the range of available salaries.

WHS offers standard Federal employment benefits, such as competitive salaries, 13 vacation days (extended to 19.5 days after just three years of service), 13 days of sick leave, a wide choice of life and health insurance options, retirement benefits, and a tax-deferred savings plan similar to a 401(k) savings plan.

  • Health Insurance - Employees may enroll in one of the many health plans offered to Federal employees. These include both fee-for-service, point of service, and health maintenance organizations. The cost is shared by the Government and no physical examination is required.
  • Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFEDS)
  • Long-Term Health Care Insurance Program
  • Life Insurance - Low-cost life insurance is available. Like health insurance, the cost is shared by the Government and no physical examination is required.
  • Retirement - New employees are automatically enrolled in a three-tier system that includes Social Security, a basic pension plan (Federal Employees Retirement System), and a Thrift Savings Plan. Under the Thrift Savings Plan, employees may contribute up to 10 percent of their basic pay into a tax-deferred interest account. The Government will match the employee's contribution, up to 5 percent of basic pay.
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    Pentagon (Basement Level): BE834 (ON-SITE COUNSELOR)
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