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About Systems Engineering

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The Department of Defense seeks experienced engineers dedicated to delivering technical acquisition excellence for the warfighter. Visit for additional information and to apply. The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Systems Engineering advises the USD(AT&L) on all matters pertaining to Systems Engineering; provides oversight of all major defense acquisition programs, developing and publishing systems engineering and development planning policy and guidance and approving systems engineering plans for all major defense acquisition programs. DASD(SE) assesses the Component SE and development planning capabilities, assists them in resolving shortfalls and provides an annual report to Congress on SE execution across the Department.

The Pathways Programs offer clear paths to Federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates, and provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal service. As a student or recent graduate, you can begin your career in the Federal government by choosing the path that best describes you and where you are in your academics:

  • Internship Program: This program is for current students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions from high school to graduate level, with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school.
  • Recent Graduates Program: This program is for individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs and seek a dynamic, career development program with training and mentorship.
  • Presidential Management Fellows Program: This is the Federal government's premier leadership development program for advanced degree candidates.

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