In the Department of Defense (DoD), nearly 800,000 civilian employees in more than 750 occupations play the important role of providing support to keep our armed services equipped and supplied for their vital mission. Civilian employees are hired in the fields of engineering, science, procurement, transportation, logistics, supply management, contract management, acquisition, auditing, information technology, human resources, legal services, intelligence analysis, accounting, education, advance research, security imagery and mapping, commissary management, management analysis, program analysis, operations research analysis and many other areas.
Every DoD employee plays a vital role in securing our country and preserving our freedoms. Applicants from all backgrounds are needed, from students to Veterans.
DoD’s high quality Internship Programs for students, graduates and professionals can be found at DoD Civilian Careers.
- 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.
- Internship Programs offer 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 offers individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs career development with training and mentoring. 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.
- National Security Agency (NSA) Graduate Training Program offers individuals practical experience before graduating. NSA has internships, co-op programs, scholarships, and work study programs to develop and shape young careers.
- 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 post-secondary 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) offers 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.
- Student Training and Academic Recruitment Program (STAR) offered through the Recruitment Assistance Division (RAD) is an innovative program in which students are hired as part-time on-campus representatives to promote DOD as the “Employer of Choice”. Through peer-to-peer interaction, STAR students market DOD’s various and diverse employment and scholarship opportunities. RAD manages the STAR program, and encourages DOD Components to hire full-time students majoring in academic studies matching DOD’s mission critical skills.
- RAD establishes partnerships and conducts marketing and outreach activities directed toward diverse groups and communities, activities intended to promote diversity in DOD’s expanding workforce.
- RAD maintains an aggressive recruitment and outreach program with colleges and universities, both locally and throughout the country. RAD develops and maintains relationships with Institutions of Higher Education with academic studies which mirror our DOD mission critical occupations. RAD also establishes partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, majority schools with significant enrollment of minority students and students with disabilities.
The United State Army offers over 222,000 civilian jobs in virtually every occupation imaginable, with duty locations worldwide. Employment opportunities are much like those in the private sector, but the Federal Government offers a comprehensive employee benefits package.
More than 330,000 men and women work as Army Civilians in every profession imaginable. These are not active duty military positions but serve as an integral part of the Army team to support the defense of our nation. We are a global family that encourages excellence, professional development and balance.
Examples of Career Groups Include:
- Social Science, Psychology, and Welfare
- Human Resources Management
- General Administrative, Clerical, and Office Services
- Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences
- Accounting and Budget
- Medical, Hospital, Dental, and Public Health
- Veterinary Medical Science
- Engineering and Architecture
- Legal and Kindred
- Information and Arts
- Business and Industry
- Copyright, Patent, and Trademark
- Physical Sciences
- Library and Archives
- Mathematical Sciences
- Equipment, Facilities, and Services
- Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, and Compliance
- Quality Assurance, Inspection, and Grading
- Information Technology
The Department of the Navy (DoN) is more than ships, airplanes, Sailors, and Marines. It has almost 190,000 civilians at Naval and Marine Corps activities throughout the world that make a difference to our country and the world.
Navy SEALS – We count on sailors to be analytical, out of the box thinkers. Sailors must pay attention to details, stay focused and quickly become problem solvers when the time arises. Unlike other services, Sailors must be able to employ the resources they have on hand, adapt to circumstances and quickly resolve the issues as they arise. This can become your first real step to becoming an asset to safe guarding the greatest country in the world.
The United State Air Force has over 175,000 non-military (civilian) employees who work in a variety of technical and non-technical occupations in numerous locations.
The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) is America’s preeminent public sector provider of contract audit and financial services.
The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) is the world’s largest finance and accounting organization.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is responsible for transforming the way Department of Defense users move, share, and use information.
The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has a continuing need for talented civilians to assist in accomplishing its mission of providing accurate and timely information on ground, naval, air, and missile and space forces around the world.
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) supplies the nation’s military services and several civilian agencies with the critical resources they need to accomplish their worldwide missions. DLA civilian employees use the latest supply chain technology to meet the needs of the War fighter whenever and wherever needed.
The Defense Contract Management Agency’s (DCMA) civilian professionals manage Department of Defense and NASA contracts for satellites, aircraft, ships, weapons systems, equipment, supplies, and services for our Nation’s defense – from contract negotiations until the products are in the field.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) is responsible for giving timely and effective direction, supervision, and oversight of security cooperation programs in support of U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives.
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) safeguards America and its allies from Weapons of Mass Destruction (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high explosives) by providing capabilities to reduce, eliminate, and counter the threat and mitigate its effects.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) provides timely, relevant, and accurate geospatial intelligence in support of national security objectives.
The mission of The National Security Agency (NSA) is to monitor, gather, and decode foreign communications signals from around the world, protect America’s own security and communications from exploitation, and transform data into key intelligence for use by the highest levels of U.S. decision- makers.
The mission of Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) is to provide high-quality education programs (grades K-12) for the children of military service members and civilian DoD employees stationed in 13 foreign countries, certain areas of the United States, and select U.S. territories and possessions.
Washington Headquarters Service (WHS) is the principal staff element of the Secretary of Defense. It provides employment information and assistance to OSD, as well as other DOD organizations.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is DOD’s agency for high-level research and development. Its mission is to develop imaginative, innovative, and often high-risk research ideas offering significant technological impact that will go well beyond the normal evolutionary
Defense Legal Services Agency (DLSA) provides legal advice and services for all DoD agencies, field activities, and other assigned organizations.
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is responsible for using ballistic missile defense to protect America’s homeland, allies, and deployed forces. MDA employs civilians in many career fields, including engineering, mathematics, computer science, physical sciences, business information technology, operations research, and administration.
Civilian Expeditionary Workforce (CEW) offers deployment opportunities for individuals interested in applying their skills and experience in a unique environment. Volunteer positions are available to support the US Military in foreign theaters.