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DON Pathways Internship Program

The Department of Navy Pathways Internship Program was established to provide degree-seeking students with exposure to public service, enhance their educational experience, and possibly provide financial aid to support their educational goals. The program is formally structured to give participants the opportunity to work in positions related to their academic and career goals. Within 120 calendar days after completing the educational and program requirements of Pathways, NSWCDD may non-competitively convert an intern to a career/career-conditional appointment.       

Qualifying Requirements

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student pursuing an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Graduate degree )
  • Must be taking at least a half-time academic course load as defined by the school in which you attend
  • Must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Program Highlights

  • Paid Internship
  • Provides an opportunity to gain work experience directly related to academic fields of study such as Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, Economic or related degrees.
  • May be eligible for tuition assistance (50% Tuition only paid and $400 book allowance per semester)
  • May be eligible for benefits (401k, life and health insurance, paid leave accrual)
  • Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service 

Initial Pay Setting

  • Students will be appointment at the grade/band level consistent with their academic progress               
                                                                         

DEMO PP/GR 

Salary Equivalent 

Level of Education 

NT-01 GS-02 step 10 Completion of high school or GED diploma (29 credit hrs. completed or less)
NT-01 GS-03 step 10 Completion of 1 full academic year of post-high school study (30-59 credit hrs. completed)
NT-01 GS-04 step 10 Completion of 2 full academic years of post-high school student or an associate's degree (60+ credit hrs. completed)
NT-02 GS-05 step 10 Completion of 2 1/2 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's, one period (6 months or at least 960 hours) of NT-01 (GS-04) student trainee work experience and 90 semester hours of progressive coursework; taking upper division class work (300/400 level classes) in or related to field of study
NT-02 GS-05 step 10 Completion of 3 academic years of post-high school leading to a bachelor's, one period (2 months or 320 hours) of NT-01 (GS-04) student trainee work experience and 75 semester hours of progressive coursework; taking upper division class work (300/400 level classes) in or related to field of study
NT-02 Default starting salary of the applicable NT-02 series for a new hire Completion of a bachelor's degree and currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a graduate program, seeking a Master's degree
                   

                       
Salary Increases

Students may receive pay adjustments or be promoted based on academic progress at management discretion.

How to Apply                         

To apply for the Pathways Internship Program, go to www.usajobs.gov and use “Pathways” as your Keyword. Enter your desired location (“Dahlgren, Virginia” or “Virginia Beach, Virginia”). This search criterion will pull up all Pathways announcements at the specified location. Please note, there may be multiple federal activities in a given location. The agency for NSWCDD vacancies will be “Naval Sea Systems Command.”

For more detailed information about this program, visit the Office of Personnel Management Pathways Internship website.