The Army Contracting Command-APG is the premier Army leader in acquiring quality, technologically superior, next generation equipment and services for our warfighters while obtaining best value for the American taxpayer.

The Contracting Career Intern Program places qualified individuals into a structured 24-month paid training program that is designed to provide a solid foundation within the contracting arena and foster growth toward the target position of Senior Contract Specialist.
What is a Contract Specialist?
The Contract Specialist of the new millennium is recognized as a dynamic business professional that possesses broad acquisition knowledge, outstanding business and management acumen, and demonstrates expertise in developing and applying effective business solutions. As full partners in the acquisition lifecycle, Contract Specialists are required to understand their customers’ missions and business processes and work in a collaborative environment to develop sound business strategies to accomplish the spectrum of acquisition objectives, including:
  • Performing Market Research to identify potential sources of supplies and services.
  • Developing Acquisition Plans to ensure that any resultant contractual vehicle offers the best form, fit and function for the customer.
  • Promoting adequate competition from both small and large business entities.
  • Maintaining a continuous interchange of ideas and information through multiple channels of communication.
  • Publicizing requirements and soliciting proposals and quotes from contractors.
  • Conducting negotiations to ensure adequate terms and price reasonableness are achieved.
  • Evaluating contractor proposals and making award decisions.
  • Applying acquisition regulations relative to methods, procedures, principles, theories and techniques utilized in the acquisition of supplies and services.
  • Monitoring contractor performance for quality and delivery schedule.
  • Coordinating contract milestones with the requiring activity as an objective means to measure the success of a contract.
  • Utilizing state-of-the-art e-business and e-commerce tools.
  • Displaying professionalism, promoting team unity, and adhering to policies regarding training, ethics, safety and security.
Salary and Benefits
The Acquisition Contracting Center intern program allows interns to enter the Government at a competitive starting salary. Entry level salary for contract specialist interns at the Army Contracting Command-APG is GS-07, with a progression to the GS-11 level upon successful completion of the intern program. Effective January 2013, the annual salaries by grade, inclusive of the locality pay area of APG, are as follows:
Grade Salary
GS-07 $42,631
GS-09 $52,146
GS-11 $63,091

  • Earn 13 days of vacation time and 13 sick days per year to start.
  • Choose from 100+ Health insurance plans, plus dental and vision plans
  • Flexible work schedule opportunities
  • Affordable life insurance
  • Regular work hours with compensation for overtime
  • Flexible spending accounts for health care and related expenses
  • Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent) with employer matching up to 5% plus 1% automatic employer contribution
  • Ten Paid Holidays per year
  • Access to golf course, library, fitness center and much more!

Graduate School Opportunities
Army Contracting Command-APG interns are strongly encouraged to enroll in a Masters program that may be reimbursable by the Government (subject to the availability of funds). Students may enroll in part-time programs and can continue evening classes until their Masters degree is achieved. Other opportunities, such as the "University of Choice" program, a long-term study program for full time enrollment, may be available based upon achieving eligibility.
Formal on the Job Training
As one of the most important aspects of an intern's development, the training experience is four fold:
  • Formal Schooling consists primarily of the courses mandated by the Department of Defense for all acquisition workforce members. These courses are designed to provide the knowledge framework necessary to perform the duties of the job, and successful completion will result in a Level II certification in Government Contracting. Contracting Courses along with two core leadership courses are included as part of the Master Intern Training Plan
  • On the job training is accomplished as interns are placed with a "home team" and a Contracting Officer. This training will provide a hands-on approach while working with other Interns and Senior Contract Specialists.
  • Informal In-House Training is conducted in a relaxed setting with the intern class as a group at our Intern Institute. These sessions provide basic information on the principles and processes of contracting and will help to alleviate the confusion that comes with learning a new field.
  • Rotational Cross Training introduces the intern to various areas of the acquisition process and provides opportunities for networking.
Who May Apply?

All applicants must be U.S. citizens.

In addition all applicants must possess a BS/BA degree from an accredited college or university and have achieved an overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Candidates must also 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
  • Organization and Management
Qualifications determinations will be made in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualifications standards located at
How do I Apply?
Resumes must contain:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Position Title you are applying for (Contract Specialist)
  • Paid/unpaid work experience including job title, duties and accomplishments, employers name and address, supervisors name and phone number, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week.

College Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts may be submitted initially. If selected for a position official transcripts will need to be provided.

Applicants claiming veterans preference MUST submit a DD 214 (Member 4 copy) and supporting documentation (Letter from the Veterans Administration) along with their resume. NOT SUBMITTING THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS WILL RESULT IN NO PREFERENCE.

You must also take an on-line Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) written test. A link will be provided so you may access this test for a specified period in the near future.

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