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Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)


Acquisition Intern Program (AIP) Program Overview

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About AIP

The AIP includes formal instruction in contracting, our unique experiential learning lab skill-building workshops, professional development, and on-the-job training (OJT –approximately 60% of the program time) interspersed throughout the program. Other elements include guest speakers to share industry insights to increase employee engagement. At the conclusion of each classroom training block, interns return to an acquisition organization for on-the-job training to apply what they learned in the classroom. Interns return to the VA acquisition workforce more competent and confident after each training block to have an immediate positive impact on their organization’s workload. Interns graduating from the program satisfy all educational requirements for Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Professional. Requires a signed Mobility Statement.

The VAAA AIP is a strong proponent of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility, we are launching initiatives to remove barriers to equal employment opportunity for underrepresented groups, including partnering with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to develop a pipeline of talent for the civilian acquisition workforce.

AIP Training

Contracting interns participate in a rigorous, holistic hybrid training program leading to a certification in contracting. For 11 months, interns receive all the training necessary to attain the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Professional, Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C). Interns rotate between three academy-based training (ABT) periods and on the job training (OJT) periods. After each training period, the interns return to their hiring organization more competent and have an immediate positive impact in their organization’s workload.

AIP Components

Contracting Courses (CON) FAC-C required training focused on Federal Acquisition Policies and Regulations.
Professional Courses (PROF) Training focused on FAI’s professional competencies such as leadership, program management, team building, and interpersonal skills.
Contract Writing System Training Specific training on VA’s electronic contract writing system, processes, and procedures.
On-the-Job Training (OJT) Practical, hands-on experience applying knowledge and skills in the acquisition environment.  Guided by seasoned professionals, interns are integrated into the day to day operations of a contracting office.