DOI's Governmentwide Acquisition Management Intern Program

Governmentwide Acquisition Management Intern Program

The Governmentwide Acquisition Management Intern Program is a three-year full-time program designed to employ federal government Contract Specialists and to develop them into procurement professionals and government business leaders of the future. Interns complete four six-month rotational assignments in sponsoring Departments and Agencies. Interns receive technical and business skills training including contract administration, price and cost analysis, customer service, project management and presentation skills. Participants are hired at the GS 7/9 levels with full promotion potential to GS-13. Upon completion of the two-year training program, interns will complete a year-long apprenticeship with one of the sponsoring agencies.

Upon successful completion of the program, interns are permanently placed within one of the program’s participating agencies.
The program contains three core components:

1. Training
2. Rotational assignments
3. Mentoring


Each intern is required to complete a prescribed curriculum of procurement and acquisition courses. The curriculum is based on the Defense Acquisition University’s Core Competencies for the Contract Specialist (1102) series and develops knowledge and skill in areas such as:

  • The Federal Budget
  • Cost and Price Analysis
  • Contract Formation and Administration
  • Contract Negotiations
Online Learning
DOIU offers over 2,000 online courses that cover a variety of technical and non-technical topics. Interns are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this flexible training delivery to augment their skill development and intern experience.

Rotational Assignments

Interns complete four, six-month rotational assignments in agencies within the federal government. The rotations are designed to give interns valuable practical experience in procuring goods and services for the federal government. During these rotations, interns have opportunities to learn from many high-level leaders in the federal acquisition field.

Agencies that have participated in the program include:


Each intern benefits from participation in a structured mentoring program with a mentor of his or her choice. Mentors guide interns throughout the three-year program.
Mentors and protégés participate in formal training at the orientation and are involved in on-going activities over the course of the program. Many of these mentor/protégé relationships extend beyond program completion.


Application Requirements

At a minimum, each applicant must have either completed either a four-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree with a major in any field OR have at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. All Governmentwide Acquisition Management Intern positions are located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

In order to qualify at the GS-7 level, applicants must have one full academic year of graduate education or law school or one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level. To qualify at the GS-9 level each applicant must have completed a graduate level degree from an accredited college or university.

  • Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and ability to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited pre- and post-award simplified acquisition and other contract functions including market research, price/cost analysis, negotiation, administration and termination for a variety of supply, service, and/or construction requirements.

How to Apply

The application period for the class will begin January 2, 2008 and continue until April 1, 2008. The next class for this program is slated to begin in June 2008.

All applicants are required to submit:

  1. A resume following the USA Jobs Resume Builder format;
  2. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts;
  3. An SF-50 (only if applicants have previous Federal Government experience);
  4. DD-214 (only if applicants have veterans’ preference).

All application materials must be received by April 1, 2008 and may be faxed or emailed to:

Robert Foye
GAMIP Program Manager
202-208-3140 (phone)
202-208-5184 (fax)

Unofficial transcripts or official transcripts will be accepted at this time. However, official transcripts may be requested at a later date. Please include your name, phone number and email address with your fax/email. If you attended a career fair, please indicate the fair you attended where you received Program information.

For the USA Jobs Resume Builder, visit Create your resume using the USA Jobs Resume Builder, and save your resume as a Word document so it can be faxed or emailed to Rob. Do not submit your resume through USA Jobs.

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