Job Description

Job Summary

The Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA) is composed of specialized microelectronics engineers and support staff working in close partnership with the major defense contractors and the semiconductor industry to rapidly develop advanced technology applications for the warfighter. DMEA's microelectronics specialists produce solutions that support critical active military operations. DMEA's research activities advance microelectronics technologies to support current and future warfighter needs. DMEA's advanced laboratory facilities and a unique flexible semiconductor foundry enable DMEA's professional team to provide trusted high mix, low volume microelectronics. DMEA's small size, responsiveness to customers' needs, and interaction with both the semiconductor and defense industries, make it an exciting and professionally challenging career choice.


The Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students currently enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work and get paid while exploring federal careers through a job with the Defense Microelectronics Activity.

About the Position:

Position(s) will be filled under the Pathways Intern Program. Click here for more information on Pathways program participation.  Pathways Interns may be converted to a permanent position within 120 days of successful completion of the program.

This intern position is designed to prepare a student trainee for employment after graduation as a Electronics Engineer-0855-GS-05. Interns will be assigned to one or more higher graded specialists who will assign tasks designed to increase familiarity with the target occupation, in a real world work environment.

This opportunity follows a standard promotional path:

  1. Internship at the GS-04 (typically college students with Sophomore or Junior standing).
  2. After completion of Internship requirements, conversion to the entry-level for the target occupation. Entry level for Electronics Engineer positions is at the GS-05 grade level. The actual grade level at the time of conversion depends on academic achievement and other factors.
  3. The entry-level position will have a target full performance level to the GS-13. Progression from the entry-level to the full performance level for this occupation will depend on successful completion of all requirements for promotion. Promotions may be considered after a year at each grade level, but are not guaranteed to occur on a specific time schedule.

See eligibility requirements for conversion to a permanent or term position in the "Other Information" section below.

Who May Apply:

Students who are eligible for participation in the Pathways Internship Program

Positions are open to current students pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution.


As an intern, you will be assigned to a senior specialist or group of specialists. You will be assigned tasks designed to familiarize you with different aspects of the occupation. Tasks will vary depending on the senior specialist's current workload, but may include the following:

  • Designs integrated circuit devices, equipment, or systems using established criteria or specifications;
  • Fabricates integrated circuit wafers following established wafer handling procedures and foundry protocols;
  • Tests integrated circuits, materials, equipment, or systems for compliance with specifications or for evaluation in terms of operational use;
  • Reviews technical aspects of applications, designs, or proposed plans for compliance with laws, regulations, standards, specifications, quality criteria or other requirements;
  • Performs administrative duties such as: gathers and reviews a variety of narrative and/or statistical data to prepare reports;
  • Conducts analyses of data to support conclusions or recommendations for action.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No