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What is the Department of Interior?
What is the Government-wide Acquisition Management Intern Program?
What is the Office of the Secretary Management Intern Program?
What education and experience do I need to qualify for the internship program?
After I submit my application, when and how will I know if I made the “Best Qualified” list?
How long will it take for my application to be rated?
Will you non-competitively convert SCEP students?
Do I need to send in “official” copies of my transcripts?

 

1. What is the Department of Interior?
The Department of the Interior (DOI) is the nation's principal conservation agency. Our mission is to protect America's treasures for future generations, provide access to our nation's natural and cultural heritage, offer recreation opportunities, honor our trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives and our responsibilities to island communities, conduct scientific research, provide wise stewardship of energy and mineral resources, foster sound use of land and water resources, and conserve and protect fish and wildlife. The work that we do affects the lives of millions of people; from the family taking a vacation in one of our national parks to the children studying in one of our Indian schools.

Interior is a large, decentralized agency with over 67,000 employees and 280,000 volunteers located at approximately 2,400 operating locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and freely associated states. We discharge our responsibilities on a $16.8 billion total annual budget. DOI raises more than
$18.2 billion in revenues collected from energy, mineral, grazing, timber, recreation, land sales, and other revenue producing activities.

 


2. What is the Government-wide Acquisition Management Intern Program?
The Government-wide Acquisition Management Intern Program (GAMIP) is a two-year program designed to employ federal government Contract Specialists and to develop them into procurement professionals and government business leaders of the future. Interns complete four six-month rotational assignments in sponsoring Departments and Agencies. Interns receive technical and business skills training including contract administration, price and cost analysis, customer service, project management and presentation skills. Additionally, each intern benefits from formal and informal mentoring throughout the program. Participants are hired at the GS-7 level with full promotion potential to GS-13. Upon completion of the two-year training program, interns will complete a one-year apprenticeship with one of the sponsoring agencies.



3. What is the Office of the Secretary Management Intern Program?
The Office of the Secretary Management Intern Program (OSMIP) is a two-year program designed to recruit, develop, and retain a group of diverse future leaders for the Department’s management functions. Interns participate in a structured training curriculum based on the leadership and business related competencies as identified in the Office of Personnel Management’s Fundamental Competencies. They also complete six four-month rotations in DOI’s Policy, Management, and Budget offices where they receive practical work experience and on the job training. In addition, interns are each assigned a mentor who guides them throughout the program. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, interns are permanently placed in one of the Department’s Policy, Management, and Budget Offices.

 

4. What education and experience do I need to qualify for the internship program?|
Each individual announcement for our intern positions describes qualification requirements for that particular position. These qualifications include specific educational requirements and/or experience requirements.


5. After I submit my application, when will I know the status of my application?
Please allow at least 6-8 weeks before inquiring as to the status of your application.



6. How long will it take for my application to be rated?
All resumes will not be reviewed until mid-to-late-April. We plan for all resumes to be rated by May.


7. Will you non-competitively convert SCEP students?
No. We will not non-competitively convert SCEP students. This is a competitive program and all applications will compete.


8. Do I need to send in “official” copies of my transcripts?
No. Unofficial copies or copies of official transcripts are sufficient for purposes of applying to the intern program. However, official transcripts will be requested at a later date. If you have attended more than one school to obtain your degree, you must send transcripts from every school attended, in addition to the school from which you received your degree.




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