Job Overview


Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission.  They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:Click here for more information on Pathways program participants.

Position(s) will be filled under the Department of the Army Pathways Intern Program. 

The Department of the Army Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in the Department of Army and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed.  

The Department of the Army Pathways Interns may be converted to a permanent position within 120 days of successful completion of the program.

To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Interns must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program
  • Complete their degree or certificate requirements
  • Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted
  • Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement, and;
  • Perform their job successfully as documented through performance evaluations and/or completion of an Individual Development Plan (IDP)

To learn more about the Pathways Internship Program, please visit:


Who May Apply:

Department of the Army Internship Program Eligibles 

Positions are open to:

  • Current students 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 pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.


In this position you will serve as a contract specialist intern performing developmental assignments involving procurement of supplies or services through formal advertising, applying standardized specifications and under established market conditions. Perform assignments on a rotational basis in all functional areas of the Contracting Division. Review requisitions to determine that proper specifications or purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents, select clauses to cover special conditions, such as inspection and acceptance, marking and packaging, quantity variation, price differential, or transportation costs. Contact technical personnel to resolve questions of applicability of specifications, classification of terms, or acceptance of substitute items. Evaluate bids or proposals for compliance with specifications or purchase descriptions and applicable clauses. Considers financial responsibility of suppliers by evaluating contract performance on previous contracts. Meets with commercial representatives to discuss procurement needs, quality of items or services, current market prices, or delivery schedules. Performs other assignments of similar difficulty that have been selected with a view to developing advanced skills; e.g., administering formally advertised contracts assigned; monitoring progress of contractors; preparing change orders; participating with higher graded specialists in the procurement of technical items using the formally advertised method where the items are manufactured to special specifications and are complicated by restricted price bidding, special processing, or packing and packaging specifications. Coordinates contracting activities with other Government agencies having interrelated requirements; e.g., obtaining wage rate information from the Department of Labor, requesting audit reports or preaward surveys from the Defense Contract Audit Agency or Defense Contract Management Command, obtaining clearances from the Small Business Administration, and advertising work to be contracted in the Commerce Business Daily or the Federal Acquisition Computer Network (FACNET).