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Comparison of the Department of the Army, Navy and Air Forces contracting internship programs

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Authors
Moody, Kristen A.
Subjects
Defense Contracting Internships
Contracting Competencies
Acquisition Workforce Competencies
Consistencies and Trends
Advisors
Rendon, Rene G.
Roberts, Regina
Date of Issue
2013-09
Date
Sep-13
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Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
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The Department of Defense has experienced a significant loss of acquisition professionals because of attrition and workforce reductions. Interns have been hired to curtail the loss, but the dwindling number of experienced acquisition personnel has left little time to train the new entrants while still meeting complex mission requirements. In an effort to maintain a professional staff that is qualified to fill critical positions in contracting, the Air Force, Army, and Navy have each created contracting internship programs. The research purpose is to: (1) identify whether the DoD contracting competencies are covered consistently among the Army, Navy, and Air Forces contracting internship programs (2) determine if and to what extent these defense organizations are incorporating industry best practices into their internship programs and (3) recommend program improvements to ensure consistent coverage of the DoD contracting competencies and that industry best practices are incorporated. Study results suggest the defense contracting internship programs are not consistent in their coverage of DoD contracting competencies and that each program has best practices that are not fully implemented. Alignment and standardization of the defense internship programs are suggested to ensure consistent coverage of DoD contracting technical competencies and that industry best practices be fully incorporated.
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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