NETCOM’s Intern and Fellowship Programs Attracts New Talent

By Gordon Van Vleet, NETCOM Public AffairsNovember 7, 2022

NETCOM Intern/Fellows Benefits
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FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. - As the shift continues towards ever evolving technology and the need for talent to match advancing technology grows, the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command has renewed its efforts in establishing a viable and robust Fellow and Intern Program as part of the continued effort to bring in the best civilian talent possible.

“NETCOM is using the program to recruit employees that are new to government service to fill a variety of positions,” said Crystal Fetting, NETCOM G1 Fellow & Intern Program Manager. “These positions include Information Technology Specialists, Data Scientists, Computer Engineers, Computer Scientists, Resource Management, Human Resources, Budget, and Security personnel.”

NETCOM’s Fellow and Intern Program can be traced back to 2008; however, it wasn’t until 2018 that the program took off in earnest. “Since reinvigoration of the program, we’ve had 110 individuals graduate from the program,” said Fetting. “We also currently have 32 Fellows on board, 46 recruitments in the works, and 57 additional requests pending formal approval.”

“We also offer opportunities for retiring and departing service members to explore civilian employment,” said Fetting. “About 30 percent of our current Fellow/Intern population are former service members.”

“We utilize a variety of specialized recruitment programs targeting high caliber candidates for consideration,” Fetting explained. “Candidates typically have just completed, or are in the midst of completing, advanced degrees.”

“Annual efforts are made to collaborate with universities and colleges to identify opportunities for collaboration,” Fetting continued. “Universities are also provided information for dissemination on how we recruit. In addition, NETCOM has established a Talent Management Working Group that leads these efforts and continually looks into opportunities to work together.”

Explaining the program, Fetting said Fellows and Interns are typically hired utilizing a variety of specialized recruitment programs or via job announcements on

“They aren’t nominated, but selected just like any other civilian employee vacancy,” Fetting said. “Ideally, candidates will have contact with their potential future supervisor during this phase via a formal interview. Once selected, selectees have to meet a variety of requirements called conditions of employment. These conditions typically include some type of security investigation, a drug test, and completion of a variety of forms validating eligibility for employment. Once eligibility is confirmed and conditions of employment are agreed to, a start date is established.”

And once onboard the excitement isn’t over. “After the new Fellow/Intern has onboarded, they begin their training and development program,” Fetting added at the end.

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