FORT LEE, Va. -- Army Career Program 32 has revived an intern program that aims to bolster the training development workforce here.
The first two employees under the Army Civilian Training, Education, and Development System Intern Program were sworn in Aug. 30 at Mifflin Hall. They will support various functions under the CP-32 Training and Education career field as instructional systems specialists.
John E. Hall, deputy to the CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, administered the oath of office for the selectees. He spoke of the program as a means to complement and invigorate the CASCOM training development community.
“It’s a tremendous program to inject new blood into the Army, teach us how we can do new things better, and we’re very happy to have two new wonderful members as part of the Army team,” he said.
CASCOM’s intern program for training developers last saw employees in 2009, said Vivian Williams, director of Training Development, CASCOM G3/5/7 and acting CP-32 program manager.
“The fact that we are now fortunate have these interns as a part of Team Lee, we can began to grow and invigorate the training development workforce of the future,” she said.
Qualifications for the CP-32 intern program include a college degree and the ability to fulfill a two-year term. During their internship, the new selectees are slated to complete rotational assignments amongst the CASCOM schoolhouses supporting various projects.
“They will be involved in a plethora of things,” said Sara Baumgarten, instructional systems specialist, Training Integration Branch, CASCOM G-3/5/7. “It could be redoing a program of instruction, looking at interactive multimedia instruction products or evaluating training from the platform to integrate elements of instructional design.”
New intern Tracy Campbell, a Joint Base Langley-Eustis employee, said the CP-32 program will complement her academic credentials with extensive hands-on experience. She also said she looks forward to helping to provide students with a more robust learning experience by “putting the IMI into the instruction that needs it.”
Evelyn Torres, also an intern selectee, is a resident of Fredericksburg who previously worked in academia. She has long held an interest in helping people learn but fell short of finding the right opportunity. Torres said she researched a number of employment leads and came across the intern positions through usajobs.gov.
“I’m very excited,” she said. “I don’t have hands-on experience, so this will be a great opportunity to learn with people who are already doing it and learn things right way to produce products that will hopefully get used and transform things down the road.”
CP-32 interns are hired at the GS-7 level but are promoted to GS-9 after one year and GS-11 at the two-year mark. Once employees complete the program, they are assigned to a permanent duty station based on the needs of the Army.
Although the ACTEDS internship for CP-32 has been revived, there are no known plans to hire more interns here, said Williams.
ACTEDS interns support many other Army civilian career fields. Selectees undergo a program of planned development emphasizing progressive and sequential work assignments, formal training and self-development, according to the ACTEDS Intern Recruitment website.