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STUDENT TRAINEE (Data Architect)

Fort Meade, Maryland
Closing date
Nov 27, 2022

As a STUDENT TRAINEE Data Architect, you will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Serves as a Developmental Data Architect under the Office of the Technical Director (OTD) aligned to support one of the Program Managers (PM), supporting one or more of DCSA's missions. The individuals will be part of a team of Ai developers seeking to discover, develop, and operationalize capabilities.
  • Data Architect: Work with PEO Program Managers and the missions they support, to help them identify and transform data assets into data objects suitable for operationalization within the enterprise artificial intelligence (Ai) architecture in support of DCSA's strategic goals.

About the Program Executive Office (PEO) and Office of the Technical Director (OTD)
The DCSA PEO oversees a portfolio of enterprise-wide information technology (IT) programs and employs DoD Acquisition best practices and policies for the development and delivery of innovative IT solutions, advancing DCSA's broad-spectrum National Security capabilities to better serve the DoD, the U.S. Government and cleared industry.

The Office of the Technical Director (OTD) provides the PEO with highly secure and consistent technical standards and capabilities that enable development of state of the art mission systems; seeks emerging innovative technical solutions to DCSA's mission challenges; and partners with industry to operationalize the best. OTD builds and leverages integrated technical capabilities that enable real-time consumption and re-use of big data across multiple DCSA missions.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Selective Service Requirement: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service. For more information
  • Resume and supporting documents received by 11:59PM EST will be considered.
  • This is a Drug Testing designated position
  • Position is a (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under U.S.C. 1601.
  • Work Schedule: Full Time
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible
  • PCS (Permanent Change of Station): Not Authorized (Relocation expenses or housing will NOT be provided by the agency).
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Non-Exempt
  • Financial Disclosure: Not Required
  • Telework Eligibility: This position is telework eligible, but is not a full time telework position. The incumbent will be required to report to the office on a routine basis.
  • COVID19: See additional information.
  • If selected, the incumbent must obtain and maintain appropriate security clearance as indicated in job announcement.
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate degree program, entering sophomore, junior or senior year in fall of 2023 with an expected graduation date of spring 2024 or later.
  • Must have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a permanent position effective after graduation, if all requirements have been met.
  • Funding availability, mission requirements, and other factors may apply.


To qualify for this position you must meet the criteria specified below:
  • You must be currently enrolled in a full-time accredited undergraduate degree program, entering your sophomore, junior or senior year in fall of 2023 with an expected graduation date of spring 2024 or later. Note: A full - time student is enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per semester.
  • You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
Note: A newly enrolled freshman would be required to provide high school transcripts to confirm GPA requirement.

An ideal candidate would possess basic skill in using office automation programs such as Microsoft Office, Excel, Power Point, or other desktop software programs. Additionally, the ability to organize work and communicate effectively in a professional environment are highly desirable traits.

500 Word Essay: Applicants are required to submit a 500 word (maximum) essay describing why they should be considered for the student internship at DCSA, what they hope to learn from this experience, how this experience will help their career goals, and what differentiates them from other candidates for this position. Applications will be considered incomplete and will not be considered if the essay is not submitted.

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:
    Communication: Communicate (i.e., written and oral) rights, responsibilities, management directives, policies, and/or regulations to employees, supervisors, and/or other pertinent individuals. Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, cooperation, concern, and politeness to others; relates well to different people from varied backgrounds and different situations. Integrity/Honesty: Displays high standards of ethical conduct and understands the impact of violating these standards on an organization, self, and others; chooses an ethical course of action; is trustworthy.


All applicants must submit college or university transcript (official or unofficial) as proof of enrollment in an accredited undergraduate program.

Superior Academic Achievement does not apply to DCIPS positions.

Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. (http : //

Foreign Education: For further information, click on the following link:

Additional information

In accordance with DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, veterans preference is not required to be applied when considering candidates with prior Federal competitive or excepted service who have completed a probationary or trial period and have not been separated for cause. Therefore, veterans preference will not be applied to applicants with current federal service, or former federal civilian service meeting the above criteria.

COVID19 - To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to Executive Order 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

To ensure compliance with this mandate, review the vaccination requirements, to include timelines for receiving required doses, at the following:

Other Notes:

Re-employed Annuitant: This position does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant. The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at:

Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a two-year trial period.

If selected, Federal employees currently serving in the competitive service must acknowledge that they will voluntarily leave the competitive service by accepting an offer of employment for a DCIPS excepted service positions.

If selected, non-DCIPS candidates must acknowledge in writing that the position they have been selected for is in the excepted service and covered by DCIPS.

Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.

All current and former Federal employees must submit a copy of your latest SF50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your tenure, grade and step, and type of position occupied (i.e., Excepted or Competitive); or similar Notification of Personnel Action documentation, i.e., Transcript of Service, Form 1150, etc.

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