Summer Hire Program

Position title Student Trainee (Engineering Technician), Series 0899, Pay Grade DB/01 (GS-03 or 04 equivalent). Students are required to apply online and send their resume and transcript to the email box provided on the USA Jobs website.


  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens
  • You must be at least 18 years-old by EOD to be eligible
  • Minimum GPA is 2.7
  • Must have at least 6 college credits post high school
  • Students must have demonstrated interest in Engineering & Science (E&S) careers through academic coursework, extracurricular activities, or work experience
  • All engineering disciplines will be considered

Additional Information:

  • Starting hourly salary will be between $17.00 – $21.56 based on qualifications (Approximately $7-8k for the 10 week program). Can be extended to end of the Fiscal Year (FY)

Program Targeted dates:

  • Start Date: Monday, May 20, 2024
  • End Date: Friday, July 26, 2024
  • This position may be extended no later than September 27, 2024 for qualified local college students within the commuting area. (Based on class schedule)


  • Temporary Employees do not qualify for any benefits except – sick leave (SL) 4 hours per pay period but must be on rolls for 90 days before SL can be used.
  • The announcement is posted on WWW.USAJOBS.GOV Annually, Mid-January (10-12 Jan 2024)


SMART Scholarship Program

What is it?

Science, Mathematics, and Research For Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program is a scholarship-for-service program designed to recruit, educate, employ, and foster the development of the future Department of Defense (DoD) civilian Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce through scholarships and lasting partnerships with academic institutions, STEM education ecosystems, and DoD laboratories and agencies. The program is funded by the DoD and is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity for STEM students.

What will it accomplish?

The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program improves the flow of new, highly skilled technical personnel into DoD facilities and agencies, while enhancing the technical skills of the workforce already in place.

How does it work?

Interested applicants complete an online application process which begins August 1st through December 1st each year with awards being granted the following spring. SMART Scholarships are awarded to applicants who are pursuing a degree in, or closely related to, one of the 24 approved STEM disciplines.

Who can apply?

  • A citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom at time of application
  • 18 years of age or older as of August 1
  • Requesting at least 1 year of degree funding prior to graduation (which starts at the program start date)
  • Able to complete at least one summer internship (multi-year scholars only)
  • Willing to accept post-graduation employment with the DoD,
  • A student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Pursuing a technical undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the 24 STEM disciplines
  • Able to produce a fall college transcript from a regionally accredited US college or university, OR be pursuing a graduate degree at a regionally accredited US college or university

Active duty military members who wish to apply for the SMART Scholarship must be separated or on terminal leave on or before August 1st to be eligible. Reserve and National Guard members are eligible to apply. Current ROTC participants with a future service commitment are not eligible to apply.


  • Full tuition and related educational expenses
  • Cash award paid at a rate of $30,000-$46,000 per year, depending on prior educational experience
  • Book and Health insurance allowance
  • Summer internships
  • Mentorship
  • Post-graduation career opportunities


DOD College Acquisition Internship Program (DCAIP)

DoD Centrally Managed College Internship Program

  • Funded with DAWDA until graduation
  • Annual Application Process – Opened on 13 September 2023 and will close on 11 October 2023. The website for applications is
  • Engineer/Technical – DB-0899-01
    • Target Full-time Undergraduate Students
  • College Sophomores/Juniors
    • Structured Internship Program
  • Work Summers (10 weeks total) go on LWOP while attending school in fall/winter
  • Become permanent Employees upon Graduation


Recent Graduate Program

  • Candidates that have graduated within two years from an Accredited University/College or Will graduate in the current year
  • Hired as full time candidates at Band II Target III (GS-09 equivalent)
  • Given a Salary increase at 6 months (Based on Performance)
  • Remain in the recent graduate program for 18 months.
  • They are then promoted to Band III (GS-12 equivalent).


  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens
  • Must be able to get and maintain a Secret Security Clearance

How to apply:

Resume review and candidate interview required, We use a direct hiring authority for this type of candidate. Send Resumes to

  • Starting annual salary will be between $65,368 – $71,727 based on qualifications and GPA and discipline with incremental salary increases (based on performance)


  • Tuition Assistance
  • Opportunity to serve your country and support our soldiers
  • Student Loan Repayment Program
  • Flexible work schedules and Alternate work schedules
  • Multiple health insurance options with government cost sharing; Discounted dental and vision plans. Flexible spending accounts (Pre-tax) for health and dependent care; and optional life insurance with government cost sharing.
  • Thrift Savings Plan (401K) with up to 5% government matching, plus a pension
  • Annual leave (vacation). Leave accrual increase based on years of service. Sick leave 104 hours per year
  • Free onsite fitness center membership
  • Supplemented onsite child care
  • Free parking
  • Onsite cafeteria
  • Mentorship programs
  • Leadership programs
  • Subsidized transportation through Michivan