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Naval Acquisition Internship Program for Active Duty Navy

The Naval Acquisition Internship Program (NAIP) was established on October 1, 1992 by the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and built upon earlier career development programs dating back to 1974. The purpose of the program is to develop highly skilled professionals to meet projected Department of the Navy (DON) acquisition workforce requirements. It is a centrally funded, two to three year training program executed for the Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM) by the Naval Acquisition Career Center (NACC). The NAIP provides highly qualified and talented entry-level college graduates an opportunity for rapid advancement, regular promotions, systematic development, career broadening assignments and graduate education through a structured, systematic career development process using a career field Master Development Plan (MDP).

The intern is an employee of the NACC and is assigned to a specific command's acquisition organization which is designated as the intern's "Homeport." The NRO, through the Navy Element, is a participating organization that acts as a Homeport for the NAIP participants. During the program (two to three years), the interns are expected to complete DAWIA certification at Levels 1 and 2.

Interns are currently hired into the following career fields:

  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Program Management (PM)
  • Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering (SPRDE)
  • Business, Cost Estimating and Financial Management (BCEFM)
The Navy NAIP Coordinator can be contacted at 703-808-6289 (NAVY) or via e-mail:

NAIP position announcements are posted on

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