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.

This is an Pathways Multi Series position which may be filled under any of the following titles and occupational series, depending on the qualifications of the applicant:

Student Trainee (Natural Resources), DB-0499

Student Trainee (Engineering & Architecture), DB-0899

Student Trainee (Physical Scientist), DB-1399

Student Trainee (Computer Science), DB-1599

About the Position:

Agency: U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center

As one of the links in the overall mission of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE), the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is one of the most diverse engineering and scientific research organizations in the world consisting of seven specialized laboratories and combining all research and development (R&D) capabilities of USACE into one organization. 

NOTE: This position has non competitive promotion potential to a higher pay band.

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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)

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Who May Apply:

Department of the Army Internship Program Eligibles 

Positions are open to current students who are currently enrolled as students in a 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.


As a Student Trainee (Engineering and Architecture), Student Trainee (Natural Resources), Student Trainee (Physical Science) or Student Trainee (Computer Science) you will serve in a developmental role in a professional discipline under close supervision with a team leader and/or supervisor. Some of the duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting on aspects of scientific research and projects
  • Preparing drawings, graphs or charts using project data
  • Operating or adjusting various types of laboratory equipment used in conjunction with research
  • Entering data from tests into databases

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No