Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 965090

 Our mission: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the

battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring

the men and women who are America's Veterans.


This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program. The program is designated to provide students who have been accepted for enrollment or are enrolled in an accredited institution and currently pursuing a degree in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. The students must meet the full or half-time enrollment requirements and be at least 16 years old (by closing date of this vacancy announcement). This position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Acquisition and Logistics. This is an entry-level Pathways Internship. This is a developmental position designed to provide training and practical experience in the contract management series and it is intended to lead to the Contract Specialist, 1102 series. After successful completion of the program requirements, the individual may at the agency's discretion, be converted to a term or permanent appointment. For more information on the Pathways Programs, please visit:
Who May Apply: Individuals that have been accepted for enrollment or be enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution on a full or half-time basis. Students must attend an accredited institution located in New Jersey or reside in New Jersey and their accredited institution is online.

DUTY HOURS:  Students must be able to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you!

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Major Duties Include:

•Receives orientation, training, and familiarization with the work processes of the Contract Specialist occupation in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

•Performs assignments selected to develop skills and provide a practical contract specialist experience.  Trainee must be able to complete progressively difficult task and be responsible for the work.

•Assist higher graded Contract Specialist on various aspects of contract formulation and negotiations; student trainees participate in projects such as preparing contract documentation, spreadsheets, graphs and charts.

•Performs analysis of contracting issues.