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Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)


The Acquisition Internship School

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The award-winning Acquisition Internship School (AIS) offers two training programs for those with an interest in pursuing a career in federal acquisitions.  Both programs are cohort-based holistic programs designed to prepare participants for entry level federal contract specialist positions in the VA and other federal agencies.  Founded in 2008, AIS has created many innovative practices which have allowed our graduates to thrive in their careers.

The two programs, the Acquisition Intern Program (AIP) and the Warriors to Workforce (W2W) Program, are competency-based and include the technical training required for the Federal Acquisition Certifications in Contracting (FAC-C), levels I and II.  Additionally, professional skills training including communications, leadership, risk management, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills are included to better prepare graduates.

AIS has received over a dozen prestigious awards since its inception, demonstrating success in many areas, demonstrating excellence in federal acquisitions training.  The training accelerates the learning curve through the design of the curriculum and the inclusion of On-the-Job Training (OJT).

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