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Paving the way to a successful future.

The U.S. Air Force employs more than 170,000 civilians in more than 600 occupations and 80 locations across the nation and around the world. Of those employees, thousands are engineers and other professionals, responsible for everything from maintaining Air Force facilities and infrastructure to drafting, surveying, and planning of environmental stewardship and disaster preparedness. AFCS’ Civil Engineering team plays a crucial role in accelerating change and innovation to keep the Air Force ready for everything and prepared for anything.

Throughout your PAQ Internship, you’ll work shoulder to shoulder with current AFCS Civilian and Military Engineers on meaningful and rewarding challenges, gaining extraordinary experience during your two to three-year training program—a comprehensive development program, with annual promotions and early salary increases granted based upon performance and supervisory approval. Upon successful completion of the program, the PALACE Acquire Program offers a permanent position at AFCS.


Architecture | Biological Science (Environmental) | Civil Engineering | Community Planning | Electrical Engineering | Environmental Engineering | Mechanical Engineering | Physical Science


  • U.S. citizenship required

  • Recent graduate (within two years of completing degree) or full-time undergraduate/graduate student enrolled in an accredited college or university graduating during current semester

  • BS/MS in Engineering, Architecture, or other related fields

  • GPA 2.95 or above

  • Ability to obtain Security Clearance (funded by USAF)


  • A formal 2-3 year training and career development track

  • Real-world projects supporting Air Force missions

  • Mentoring provided by AFCS Civil Engineers

  • Opportunities to develop leadership skills

  • Annual performance-based promotions

  • Placement into a permanent AFCS Civil Engineering position upon successful completion of the program


  • Recruitment Bonus for selected position

  • Student Loan Repayment

  • Tuition Assistance toward a graduate degree while enrolled in the PAQ Program

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. More information on COVID-19 requirements may be found at: .