Recent Graduate Programs

Department of the Army Fellows Program

The DA Fellows Program provides opportunities for civilians to receive broad on the job training and development across a spectrum of positions within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  NO MILITARY ENLISTMENT IS REQUIRED!

The DA Fellows Program, previously known as the DA Intern Program, supports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop technically trained engineers and scientists ready for entry level job duties. This program recruits, hires, and trains engineers and scientists to staff technical sections within the Seattle District.

How to Apply

Hiring for the DA Fellows takes place throughout the year with an emphasis during university career fairs. Positions are posted on the USAJOBS, Army Civilian Service websites or Direct hire flyers.

DA Fellows positions fall under General Schedule Classification and Pay. A current salary table for GS positions can be found here.

These positions are Department of Defense – Army civilian positions. No military enlistment is required. U.S. citizenship is required.

Who are we looking for?

  • Highly motivated engineers and scientists who aspire to work on all aspects of engineering and science related to civil works and military construction.
  • Recent graduates with a qualifying degree.
  • Careers include
    • Engineers (mechanical, electrical, structural, civil, hydraulic, hydrologic, coastal and cost)
    • Scientists (i.e. biologists, geologists, economists)
    • Architects
    • Real Estate Specialists

What do DA Fellows do?

  • Participate in an up to 2-year full-time training program through experiential learning, hands-on shadowing at on-the-job mentoring.
  • Experience career-broadening assignments in the Seattle District through paid learning rotations that include engineering, planning, construction, operations, natural resource management, project management, real estate and military construction.
  • Gain knowledge on the operations of different departments within U.S. Army Corps of Engineers including headquarters and centers of expertise.  This allows Fellows to explore interests related to discipline-specific specialties.
  • DA Fellows are typically offered continued full-time employment and assigned a targeted position and career field once the program is complete.
  • Develop leadership skills and a strong foundation for future professional growth and advancement.

Sample DA Fellows Rotations

The two-year DA Fellows program features a variety of broadening assignments and training classes throughout the Seattle District and USACE. Below are examples of potential rotation opportunities for hydraulic engineers, biologists, civil engineers and mechanical engineers (subject to change based on availability).


More Recent Graduate Opportunities

Pathways Programs
On Dec. 27, 2010, President Obama signed Executive Order (E.O.) 13562 establishing the Internship Program and the Recent Graduates Program and revising and reinvigorating the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program. These two new programs, along with the PMF Program, collectively form what the President called the Pathways Programs.

For more information about Pathways, go to

Internship Program
The Internship Program is for current students and individuals accepted for enrollment in a qualifying educational program. It replaces the existing Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). The Internship Program provides students enrolled in a variety of educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school.

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program
For more than three decades, the PMF Program has been the Federal Government's premier leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. E.O. 13562 expands the eligibility window for applicants, making it more "student friendly" by aligning it with academic calendars and allowing those who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding 2 years to participate.