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Defense of the nation also means defense of its assets, which includes everything from sensitive information, industrial know-how, physical resources, communications, operations, and personnel.

The more than 2,500 civilian Security Specialists working at nearly every U.S. Air Force installation and facility play an indispensable role in ensuring all personnel, facilities, and classified information are properly protected.

Successful completion of this recent graduate program may lead to a permanent position with Security.

As an AFCS Security Specialist PALACE Acquire (PAQ) Intern, you’ll be trained in the nuances of information protection and safeguarding vital assets from theft, loss, misuse, fraud, disclosure, espionage, and sabotage. You’ll work shoulder to shoulder with Senior Security Specialists, both Civilian and in the Military, on challenging and rewarding real-world projects, where you’ll make real contributions while gaining invaluable hands-on experience.

This is a development program where promotions and yearly salary increases are granted based upon performance and supervisory approval. Upon successful completion of the formal training plan, the PALACE Acquire Program offers a permanent position at AFCS, making it the perfect launching pad for an enduring career.


Acquisition Security | Antiterrorism/Force Protection | Industrial Security | Information Security | Personnel Security | Physical Security


  • U.S. citizenship required

  • Recent graduate (within two years of completing degree)

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree

  • GPA 2.95 or above

  • Ability to obtain Security Clearance (funded by USAF)


  • Student Loan Repayment

  • 100% Tuition Assistance toward a graduate degree while 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: .