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About the program

General Information

DCAIP is a paid, 10- to 12- week summer internship that provides students with real-world exposure to Department of Defense acquisition workforce career opportunities. The program targets full-time second- and third- year students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college or university. Interns receive hands-on, practical experience in analysis, research, report writing, oral briefings, policy development, program analysis, and computer applications. Student interns gain experience in career fields available within the Acquisition workforce such as: Engineering, Contracting, Logistics, Business - Financial Management, Business - Cost Estimating, Information Technology, Test & Evaluation, Industrial Contract Property Management, Purchasing, Science and Technology, Production, Quality and Manufacturing , Facilities Engineering, and Program Management.

Participating Agencies

Students will have the opportunity to perform their internships within DoD Components participating in the DCAIP. Participating DoD Components may vary year to year based on resources and hiring needs. Students selected will be placed in a DoD Component according to their geographic preference and degree.

Program Length

Students selected will work full-time (40 hours/week) between May/June and August of each year.


Students selected will earn an hourly rate based on OPM guidelines as determined by their qualifications and education level. Interns will be paid between the federal employee minimum salary rate of $15 an hour and the GS-4, step 10 hourly rate. This rate will include a locality adjustment, which varies depending on geographic location of the intern’s duty site. Interns in regions with higher cost of living, as recognized by OPM, may receive a slightly higher salary even at the same grade and step (or equivalent).

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