Naval Acquisition Career Center

Naval Acquisition Career Center

The Department Of the Navy (DON) Acquisition Intern Program is a civilian (not active duty military) professional hiring program. The Naval Acquisisition Career Center (NACC) manages several hundred interns at any given time.

The internship is two and one half years, but may vary in length depending on the program the intern applies for. The career fields available are Business/Cost Estimating and Financial Management, Contracting, Communications/Computer Systems, Acquisition Logistics, Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering, or Manufacturing, Production and Quality Assurance. This is an excepted service position.

Interns can choose a variety of locations in which to live. While this program is designed for those just out of college that is certainly not the rule. There are many interns that are non-traditional and the Navy encourages veterans as well as non-veterans to apply for positions through this program. There are GPA requirements for each career field, see job descriptions below. Some internships require the completion of a senior project.

This program has recently converted from the General Schedule pay scale to the National Security Personnel System pay for performance. [1]

The NACC Bulletin Board[1] is the primary vehicle for collective communication to the Intern workforce, their supervisors and the CFMs, as well as, other interested parties. Interns are required to check the bulletin board daily for new messages and messages requiring action.[2]



To provide the DON Acquisition Enterprise with the workforce development tools and programs that enable delivery of the products and services required by the war fighter.[2]


An effective, innovative, and empowered team leading the Acquisition Enterprise in the development of a diverse, world-class workforce.[2]


The NACC is organized to provide the NAIP with complete support for all aspects of the program. Under the lead of the Director, the Intern operations are primarily under the direction of the Acquisition Intern Program Division Head with other administrative support coming from the Operations Division. For a complete listing of NAIP staff contact information visit the NAIP Intern Points of Contact page [2] on their website.[2]

Ronald Fevola - Acquisition Intern Program Division Head
Hugh Smith - Director Naval Acquisition Career Center

NAIP Job Descriptions & Position Qualifications

Community Planner (0020 job series) positions are involved in providing contractor guidance and documentation to assure contract compliance and quality assurance as pertains to facility planning, regional planning, special project planning, safety site planning, and economic analysis. Provides direct support to in-house and contracted planning projects by utilizing state of the art technical skills and techniques. Interpret laws, regulations and policies and apply innovative technical principles, practices and theories. Related Degrees: Urban Development & Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Economics, Geography [3] Requires a minimum GPA of 2.95, based on the bachelor's degree.

Computer Scientist (1550 job series) positions involve the application of, or research into, computer science methods and techniques to store, manipulate, transform or present information by means of computer systems. This involves the development, test, and evaluation of automated systems, programs, hardware and software interfacing techniques, and adapting advanced methods and techniques in computer science to solve complex and highly demanding computer processing requirements. Related Degrees: Computer Science [4] Requires a minimum GPA of 2.75, based on the bachelor's degree.

Contract Specialist (1102 job series) positions are involved in the acquisition of supplies and services. Assignments may include requirements determination and contract planning, business evaluation and price-cost analysis, negotiation, contract administration, and contract termination. Related Degrees: Any Business Degree [5] Requires a minimum GPA of 2.95, based on the bachelor's degree.

Engineering (800 job series) positions perform professional engineering tasks to support acquisition programs, projects and activities. These may relate to the design, development, construction, fabrication, installation, modification and analysis of platforms (ships and airplanes); equipment; systems or system components; facilities; environmental protection, etc. Typical specialties may include aerospace, computer, electrical, electronics, chemical, architect, fire protection, environmental, marine, ocean, materials, civil, industrial, mechanical engineering and naval architect. Related Degrees: Any Professional Engineering Degree and MBA [6] Requires a minimum GPA of 2.75, based on the bachelor's degree.

Financial Management Analyst (501 job series) perform, advise on, or supervise work in any of the phases of budget administration when such work requires knowledge and skill in applying budget-related laws, regulations, policies, precedents, methods, and techniques. This typically involves analytical, technical, and administrative duties in one or more phases of the budgetary process, e.g. budget formulation and justification, presentation and enactment, or execution. Related Degrees: Finance, Accounting, or other Business [7] Requires a minimum GPA of 2.95, based on the bachelor's degree.

Logistics Management Specialist (346 job series) positions are involved in the identification of activities involved in providing logistics support, the integration of actions required of each activity into a comprehensive logistics plan, the monitoring of progress in meeting the planned requirements, the adjustments of logistics plans and schedules for all related actions, and coordination of efforts to effect the plan. This includes determining requirements for funds, manpower, facilities, equipment, transportation, communications, training, supplies and support services; as well as, the design and development, procurement, production, storage, maintenance, utilization and disposal of supplies and equipment. They are also involved in acquisition of required support services such as transportation and communications and in the acquisition and training of personnel. Related Degrees: Supply Chain Management, or other Business [8] Requires a minimum GPA of 2.95, based on the bachelor's degree.

Natural Resources Specialist (401 job series) positions are involved in directing program requirements for natural resources consultation, technical reviews, and guidance on facility planning efforts, design and construction projects, real estate actions, environmental compliance documentation, and development of Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans for Navy and Marine Corps activities. Related Degrees: Biology, Natural Resource Management,Environmental Protection/Science [9] Requires a minimum GPA of 2.95, based on the bachelor's degree.

Operations Research Analyst (1515 job series) positions perform professional and scientific work requiring the design, development and adaptation of mathematical, statistical, econometric, and other scientific methods and techniques to analyze problems of management and to provide advice and insight about the probable effects of alternative solutions to these problems. The primary requirement of the work is competence in the rigorous methods of scientific inquiry and analysis rather than in the subject matter of the problem. Related Degrees: Operations Research, Mathematics or Statistics [10] Requires a minimum GPA of 2.95, based on the bachelor's degree.

Psychologist (0180 job series) Conducts analysis for specific programs relating to military training, interacting with multi-disciplined groups engaged in the conduct of instructional systems evaluations, training effectiveness assessments, training management studies/organizational analyses, staff studies, and other training analyses. Related Degrees: Industrial /Organizational, Human Factor, Cognitive, Experimental or Educational Psychology [11] Requires a minimum GPA of 2.95 based on the bachelor's degree.

Realty Specialist (1170 job series) positions are involved in the identification of real estate requirements, including the design and preparation of real estate acquisition documents, obtaining and preparing documentation, planning and executing major administrative actions, analyzing proposed easements, leases, licenses, host-tenant real estate, and use agreements. Also involves the preparation of documents for disposal of excess property; and, providing technical advice to Navy and Marine Corps regarding real estate actions. Related Degrees: Realty, Urban Development & Planning [12] Requires a minimum GPA of 2.95, based on the bachelor's degree.

Application Information

The Naval Acquisition Intern Program (NAIP) uses the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) USA Staffing Tool, Application Manager [13], as its one stop source for applying to the program. Application Manager is a web-based program available for applicants to apply 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. It fully automates the applicant recruitment, qualification assessment, referral, and notification processes. Applicants must complete the on-line application process and submit a resume and transcript(s); preferably through the "upload process", to be considered. Fax submissions are acceptable however; please pay particular attention to the directions found in the Document Upload section of Application Manager. When you have submitted your application, you should return to application manager to verify that all your documentation uploaded successfully and is legible. No paper applications will be accepted. Applicant educational requirements must be completed by not later than June 30, 2008.

The primary NAIP recruiting method is an on-campus approach at selected colleges and universities to attract high caliber applicants to meet the future needs of the DON Acquisition Workforce. Participating commands will represent the NAIP at a significant number of colleges and universities during the spring recruiting season. In most cases, Navy Civilian representatives from our participating commands will be on-campus to recruit at events scheduled through college placement offices. These events are open to current students and alumni and in many cases to the public. Representatives will be listed under their own command names, e.g. NAVAIR, NAVSEA, NAVFAC, etc., and not as NAIP.

Occasionally, specific open to the public NAIP vacancies will be posted and filled through OPM's USAJOBS website: [14]. Current open positions can be found by going to the website, clicking on the "search jobs" button, and performing a keyword search for "Naval Acquisition Intern Program". All current open announcements will appear. To apply, simply click on the position in which you are interested and follow the application instructions. If the search results state "No results matched the query", then there are no current open announcements. Potential applicants are encouraged to check back periodically on USA Jobs as announcements are placed there on an infrequent basis and may only be open for a short period of time. You may want to consider using the Job Search Agent function in My USAJOBS to build an on-going search for "Naval Acquisition Intern Program" jobs.

Participating Commands

[3] The following is a list of mission statements of commands that participate in the Navy Acquisition Intern program.

Naval Aviation Systems Team (NAVAIR)[] Serves the Nation and the Navy by developing, acquiring, and supporting naval aeronautical and related technology systems with which the operating forces, in support of the Unified Commanders and our allies, can train, fight, and win.

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)[] The largest of the Navy's five systems commands, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) engineers, builds and supports America's Fleet of ships and combat systems.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC)[15] To manage the planning, design and construction of shore facilities for U.S. Navy activities around the world.

Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP)[] To provide U.S. Naval Forces with quality supplies and services.

Space And Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR)[16] Provides the warfighter with knowledge superiority by developing, delivering, and maintaining effective, capable and integrated command, control, communications, computer, intelligence and surveillance systems.

Marine Corps[17] To serve as the Commandant’s principal agent for equipping the Operating Forces to accomplish their warfighting mission.

Military Sealift Command (MSC)[18] To provide ocean transportation of equipment, fuel, supplies and ammunition to sustain U.S. forces worldwide during peacetime and in war for as long as operational requirements dictate.

Navy International Progam Office (NIPO)[19] Provides assistance to America's Allies, partners, and friends within the framework of U.S. laws, DoD policy, and congressional guidance.

Office of Naval Research (ONR)[20] Coordinates, executes, and promotes the science and technology programs of the United States Navy and Marine Corps through universities, government laboratories, and nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

Strategic Systems Program Office (SSP) The Strategic Systems Programs organization has served our nation's defense and contributed uniquely to the preservation of universal stability by deploying the most effective deterrent to global war the world has ever known. It all began with the POLARIS program and continues today in supporting the unmatched capability embodied in Ohio (SSBN-726)-class TRIDENT submarines.

Navy Engineering Logistics Office (NELO) The Navy Engineering Logistics Office provides centralized engineering logistics support. This involves engineering logistics, transportation, and other business and supply-related support to the Fleet and shore establishment within the Department of the Navy. Many of the projects are high priority and sometimes classified. The projects and efforts require the support of operational and business functions, some of which relate to the Government procurement process.

External links

The NACC Web Site is the best place to begin your search for information and it is very dynamic. It has policy guidance and contains samples of all of our required local forms. Links are available that are related to the acquisition career field and to Interns in particular. The NACC Bulletin Board will let you know when the web site has been updated, or when the links have changed.The Naval Acquisition Intern Program Official Website:

Other Links:


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  2. ^ a b c d e NAIP Operating Guide
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