Student & Entry Level

Start your career with talented colleagues, supportive leadership, dedication to innovation and a clearly defined mission – helping to protect the lives of civilians and U.S. airmen around the world.  Internships and entry-level positions are available throughout our organization.  Take a look at some of the options you have to begin your career with USSTRATCOM.



Student Internships

The Student Educational Employment Program is a government-wide program that allows students taking at least a half-time academic, technical, or vocational course load in an accredited high school, technical, vocational, two or four year college or university, graduate or professional school to be part of a cooperative-learning environment.  During this paid internship, you'll do work that's directly related to your area of focus as well as broader work to get to know our agency. For more information visit USAJobs.


  • Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)
    With formal periods of work and study while you're attending school, this program offers focused experience related to your field of study. You, your university, and USSTRATCOM will team up to fulfill the goals of this program. Once you've completed SCEP and finished school, you may be eligible for full time employment with USSTRATCOM. You can view our Omaha-area internship vacancies through the Career Services Offices/Job Websites for the University of Nebraska-Omaha, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Creighton University, Bellevue University (NCRC consortium), University of Phoenix, College of Saint Mary, and University of Oklahoma. You must be a current student in the local area and U.S. citizen to be eligible.
  • Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
    For current students looking for internships lasting approximately one semester, this program offers you paid temporary employment with a government agency. Your work doesn't necessarily have to correlate to your field of study. 

Scholarship-For-Service Program
USSTRATCOM participates in the Department of Defense’s Science, Mathematics and Research Transformation (SMART) Scholarship Program.   The program provides the United States with talented, trained American men and women who will lead state-of-the-art research projects in disciplines having the greatest payoff to national defense requirements.  


Civilian Entry Level Program

Over 150,000 civilians are employed by the United States Air Force.  USSTRATCOM is one of the many arms of our organization supported by talented civilians.   The Department of Air Force’s civilian entry level program, PALACE Acquire (PAQ) (choose Flash, Careers, Hiring Opportunities, Students, then PALACE ACQUIRE), is a full-time opportunity with 2-4 years of formal on-the-job training and performance-based annual promotions.   As a PAQ intern, you’ll be expected to be geographically mobile and must be a U.S. citizen.   Please note the PAQ program is for graduated students or those students graduating by the cutoff date every recruiting year (usually June 30).   If you are interested in the PAQ program, please call 1-800-847-0108 or refer to the website link above.     

PAQ offers positions in a range of fields – from engineering to personnel, science to security and more. Target positions for interns are established at the GS-9, GS-11, and GS-12 equivalent levels. During this 2-4 year program you'll prepare yourself for a future in management or administration with USSTRATCOM.

Civilian Intern Benefits
As a civilian intern, you can be a full-time federal government employee and may be entitled to benefits and entitlements, such as paid sick leave, paid vacations, paid federal holidays, health and life insurance, a retirement plan, and a tax deferred investment plan equivalent to a 401(k) - with matching federal contributions.