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NEWS | March 21, 2023

Qualified students can work summer jobs with DAF

By Britney Warwick Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

More than 1,000 students will have the opportunity to develop and expand their professional skills this summer through the Department of the Air Force's 2023 Summer Hire Employment Program.

The 2023 Summer Employment Program, which runs May through September, will provide students in high school, college, trade school, vocational school, and other qualifying educational programs the opportunity to work in federal departments and agencies and explore federal careers while still in school.

“This year, participating stateside and overseas bases submitted more than 1,000 requests to the Air Force’s Personnel Center, an estimated 43% increase from the previous year,” said Tracy Wise, Air Force Personnel Center Civilian Recruitment and Placement Branch Chief. “Pre-COVID-19, we would have upwards of 2,000 positions, so we are thrilled to see an uptick in 2023.”

Local civilian personnel sections will manage the recruitment process for their respective summer hire programs for clerical, recreation aid, laborers and general engineering fields. AFPC will recruit and hire lifeguard positions. 

Summer hires students are employed for up to 40 hours per week in appropriated funded positions in grades GS-1 to GS-5 and will remain employees until their respective programs end.

“Through this and other programs like the Pathways Internship Program, we supply the civilian force pipeline with highly skilled and qualified employees to meet today's and tomorrow's challenges,” Wise said. “The talent pool is limited and highly competitive, so it's crucial that we hire, retain, and develop the right people early and often."

This is one opportunity for the department to grow interns into senior civilian leaders through the developmental opportunities and experiential training.

Interested candidates can learn more about the available positions and apply for them by searching ‘summer hire’ or ‘student’ at For additional information on the Pathways Internship program and other civilian career opportunities in the Department of the Air Force, visit