Posted September 20, 2019 12:19:16 The military is increasingly turning to its summer interns to fill the growing demand for its graduates, according to a new report.
In 2018, the Navy hired 5,000 summer interns, the most ever for the service.
The Pentagon wants the graduates to help in the Navy’s most pressing military missions, including the Iran-Contra scandal, the Iraq War, and the Trump administration’s response to the opioid crisis.
According to the Navy Times, many of these new hires come from the private sector, with a median starting salary of $24,500 a year.
A number of other private companies are also filling these jobs, such as CACI, which is now a part of the National Naval Aviation Center.
CACIs graduates are expected to be part of a cadre of officers and enlisted men who will eventually lead the Navy in a variety of military missions.
The summer interns are expected do the same job as the enlisted men, but are expected also to help the Navy manage its logistics, training, and supply chain.
One of the Navy summer interns will be assigned to the naval air wing, which oversees naval air support, and another will be tasked with “the procurement, acquisition, and logistics of air assets,” according to the report.
The Navy Times article also notes that many of the new hires are paid on an hourly basis, and have to pay the Navy for food, lodging, and medical expenses.
The students, however, can also earn as much as $200,000 a year, depending on their experience.
The Naval Academy, the school that runs the summer program, has been reluctant to share much about what the summer internship program is like, saying only that the students “will be trained in the field of business, finance, accounting, engineering, and related fields.”
But the program is expected to provide a valuable experience for students who are already qualified and want to advance to the more demanding careers of a civilian life.