The Department of Defense will host its 4th annual IT Job Shadow Day on Feb. 4, hosting approximately 140 students primarily from Washington, D.C., metropolitan area high schools. The event is held in conjunction with Junior Achievement and the Federal Chief Information Officers Council federal-wide activities. It gives high school students an opportunity to learn about the department and “shadow” IT professionals through briefings and other activities that showcase agencies’ IT missions. The goal, according to Director of DoD CIO Management Services Joyce France, is to help recruit a pipeline of IT professionals for the federal government.
Divided into small groups, the students will spend the day with one of several DoD components and agencies in the National Capital Region and in Indianapolis. Participating DoD organizations in the National Capital Region include: the Office of the DoD Chief Information Officer; National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Department of the Air Force; Department of the Army; U.S. Marine Corps; Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics; Naval Sea Systems Command; National Defense University’s Information Resources Management College; and DoD Washington Headquarters Services. The DoD has expanded the event outside the D.C. metropolitan area with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service hosting the event for the last two years in Indianapolis.
According to Federal CIO Council officials, 37 high schools and 34 federal agencies have signed up to participate in this year’s IT Job Shadow Day. Additionally, several students who’ve attended previous Federal IT Job Shadow Day events have been offered internships and employment at federal agencies.
Media interested in attending the IT Job Shadow Day IT Expo at the Pentagon should contact Lt Col Eric Butterbaugh at 703-695-0195.