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How hard is it to get into government contracting if I know someone who is a GS-15, can I intern under them? (I'm not really sure how that works.)   Let's say I somehow manage to get into an internship and then get a GS-05 position how hard is it to move up as a non-vet if I'm willing to relocate anywhere? How competitive are the jobs?

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23 minutes ago, Gordon Shumway said:

it's all about who you know

True, but that can be said about virtually any job.  Are the jobs pretty competitive? It's hard to find a whole lot of info on 1102 jobs.

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And where you're willing to go.  For example, someone looking to start at Moody Air Force Base will have very few options when it comes to advancement.  However, the northern Virginia/DC area is a different story.  Where I work, an "intern" may start off at the GS-07/09/11 route for three years.  Based on your limited post, it's impossible to provide a more definitive response since we're not clear on your entire situation.

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Go to the tabs at the top of this page and click Workforce.  At the left top, you will see current openings for a variety of contracting fields and internships.  I updated them yesterday and the links now work.

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7 hours ago, jewettr said:

And where you're willing to go.  For example, someone looking to start at Moody Air Force Base will have very few options when it comes to advancement.  However, the northern Virginia/DC area is a different story.  Where I work, an "intern" may start off at the GS-07/09/11 route for three years.  Based on your limited post, it's impossible to provide a more definitive response since we're not clear on your entire situation.

Thanks for responding. As I mentioned in my initial post I'm willing to go anywhere.  What other information should I provide to get a clearer answer?  I'm still in school and haven't yet decided on a major but if I do decide on a bacerlors in business/finance I would like to intern in some type of 1102 position. I saw in one discussion board someone mentioned they get hundreds of applicants and make very few callbacks, I wasn't sure if that was area specific or not, I don't really want to get in a field that is difficult to get into/move up.  (I have seen many job postings in Virginia but I also don't know how many applicants those jobs are getting.)  Are internships hard to get?  If I received an internship and was a good worker willing to move anywhere would it be hard for me to move up grades compared to veterans or those with master degrees?

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7 hours ago, bob7947 said:

Go to the tabs at the top of this page and click Workforce.  At the left top, you will see current openings for a variety of contracting fields and internships.  I updated them yesterday and the links now work.

Thanks I'll check it out.  And I visit the usajob postings for 1102 positions quite frequently too, there seem to be a lot of openings but I'm worried that I'll be one of hundreds submitting my resume to one job.  There's not a lot of info on 1102 positions in terms of how competitive it is and what not so I'm not sure if I should try to get into the field or not.

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Milkenhiem

You can review some information at http://www.secnav.navy.mil/rda/workforce/pages/nadp.aspx as related to the Naval Acquisition Development Program (NADP); we have both NADP and Marine Corps interns at our office.  They are two similar but slightly different tracks; if you'd like to message me, I can provide more details.  But you'll definitely need to concentrate on a business degree and maintaining a high GPA.  Let's be honest, if someone is truly receiving "hundreds" of applicants, one of the easiest ways to weed out total strangers is by reviewing their GPA.  Due to our inept hiring process, in many cases by the time we see an offer letter go out, folks have already accepted positions elsewhere.  Bottom line, if you're worth your salt, and in this area, moving up is not difficult.

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