The Department of Defense will host its 3rd annual IT Job Shadow Day on Feb. 5, hosting approximately 100 students primarily from Washington, D.C., metropolitan area high schools in support of the Federal CIO Council’s Information Technology Job Shadow Day. The day-long event is co-sponsored by the Association for Federal Information Resources Management and Junior Achievement.
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, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Department of the Air Force, Department of the Army, the Marine Corps, 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 in Indianapolis.
IT Job Shadow Day is an event designed to give students a unique opportunity to observe the federal IT work world and learn about federal agencies. “Events such as IT Job Shadow Day are an excellent way to recruit a pipeline of IT professionals in the federal government,” Joyce France, DoD CIO Management Services director said. “Each succeeding year the event continues to increase in participation. We hope to expand IT Job Shadow Day world-wide.”
According to Federal CIO Council officials, 42 high schools and 31 federal agencies have signed up to participate in this year’s IT Job Shadow Day.