Army Career Intern/Fellows Program
What is it?
The Army Career Intern/Fellows Program serves as the bench for the officer component of the Civilian workforce. Like second lieutenants, the Army's interns and fellows form an elite pool of trainees who represent the feeder group for future senior-level professional, managerial, and executive Civilian positions. These employees are provided progressive and sequential formal classroom and on-the-job developmental assignments that prepare them for placement in one or more of the Army's 23 Civilian professional programs. The end result of these highly structured programs are Army Civilian Corps members with the skills, abilities, and leadership competencies required to immediately fill critical voids in the Civilian Corps upon graduation. All interns/fellows sign a mobility agreement, and their final placements are based on the priority needs of the Army.
What has the Army Done?
The Army has extensively analyzed workforce trends, resulting in clearly defined projections for future requirements. The Army has adjusted the program which increased work year execution from 846 interns in FY03 to 1623 in FY08. Future projections reflect and average work year execution of 2,250 per year from FY10 through FY15.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Forecasts have identified the need to replace approximately 3,500 skilled professional employees annually. The Intern/Fellows Program is by far the best vehicle the Army has for replacing these losses. It produces employees who are ready to step in and support our Soldiers as they defend our national security interests. The Army is now focused on gradually increasing the program to bring it closer to required levels. This approach will allow us to stabilize the program while slowly increasing the number of interns and fellows we place into key positions each year. The Army remains strongly committed to the Intern/Fellows Program. It supports the Global War on Terror and produces multifunctional Civilians while serving as a building block for transformation.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army Civilian Corps is a critical part of the institution. Its members ensure that we have the best-equipped and best-trained Soldiers in the world. Civilians are deploying alongside our Soldiers in greater numbers every year and will continue to do so in the future. In addition to accompanying our Soldiers to the field, Army Civilians support them and their Families in all aspects of their lives. They gather intelligence; design, purchase, maintain, and transport weapons and supplies; and provide housing, jobs, and recreational activities for Soldiers and their Families worldwide. Interns and fellows provide the contemporary skills and practical experience needed to infuse the Army Civilian Corps with the agility required to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing environment.