All PCIP interns were required to attend one of four symposiums held during the summer. The Wright-Patterson PCIP symposium was the final event hosted by the AFPC this year. The previous symposiums were held at Hill AFB, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph and Tinker AFB.
“The symposiums allow college interns to experience a professional conference-like setting, all while learning about what Air Force Civilian Service has to offer as a career – not just a job,” said Maili Peters, Talent Management Division chief.
The group of 83 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base PCIP interns was joined by interns from other U.S. Air Force bases, including Edwards AFB, Robins AFB, Peterson AFB, Eglin AFB and the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, New York, to name a few.
The three-day symposium began with a bang at the Holiday Inn in Fairborn, Ohio, June 25. As the interns took their seats, they participated in an energizing, team-building exercise with the Drum Café. The Drum Café team led the group in a series of drumming activities, where they celebrated teamwork and diversity in the workplace.
Day one continued into breakout groups divided by career fields, a senior leader briefing given by AFMC executive director Patricia Young, a mentoring lunch and a career field panel. The day came to a close with briefings from 88th Air Base Wing and WPAFB Installation Commander Col. Thomas Sherman, former PCIP intern Christina Gaebel and Air Force Office of Special Investigations Special Agent Stephen Klukovich.
Day two consisted of a series of tours at Wright-Patterson, where the interns explored the rich history and present-day innovations of the Air Force. The group toured a C-17 at the 445th Airlift Wing and learned about modern technologies being developed at the Air Force Research Laboratory and the 711th Human Performance Wing. They spent the remainder of the day immersing themselves in exhibits at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
The PCIP interns spent their final day of the symposium rotating through briefings about topics that would prepare them for their careers, such as meeting etiquette, Air Force services and resources, mentoring expectations and benefits and entitlements.
As the students transition back into their summer positions, they will be working to leave positive impressions with their organizations in hopes of being offered full-time positions after they graduate.
Kristina Whitfield, AFPC PCIP manager, described the PCIP as a 12-week interview where supervisors help interns decide whether an Air Force career is the right fit for them.
“The PCIP internships allow the supervisor and the intern the chance to do a trial run before committing to a position. It is a wonderful opportunity to start carving out the niche that college students want to pursue as they transition to professional life,” said Whitfield.
Eighty-eight percent of last year’s AFMC PCIP interns have transitioned into permanent civilian positions post-graduation.
Announcements for future Premier College Intern Program vacancies can be found on the USAJOBs website at usajobs.gov. Interested individuals may also visit the Air Force civilian career website to learn more about internships and other job opportunities at afciviliancareers.com.