Building National Security Leaders Today and for Tomorrow


The Defense Civilian Training Corps (DCTC) is a program for students to build civilian careers in the Department of Defense. DCTC is a highly selective program that provides a 100% tuition scholarship and a direct pathway into the Department of Defense (DoD) civilian workforce. 

• DCTC provides a comprehensive development and scholarship-for-service program for selected students to earn a bachelor’s degree and prepare them to be future leaders within the DoD ecosystem.  While in school, DCTC scholars engage in active learning in the classroom, take on immersive learning challenges to solve real-life problems, and participate in project-based summer internships.

The experiential learning curriculum creates an environment where DCTC scholars collaborate across disciplines (business, engineering, computer science, public policy, etc) and actively engage in classroom discussions and hands-on assignments to understand the fundamentals of the defense acquisition system.

DCTC is more than a pathway to civilian service, it provides a Culture of Care learning environment. To become collaborative risk-takers and creative problem solvers, DCTC scholars need a learning environment where they find commonality and meaning, develop leadership skills, and build trusting relationships.

Partner DoD organizations will host 8-10 week-long summer internships offering opportunities for scholars to work on real-world challenges in multidisciplinary teams.  The hosting DoD organizations will provide scholars a network of leaders, mentors, and resources to ensure a productive experience.

DCTC enables the DoD to shift from reactively filing current vacancies to strategically building talent pools to reflect the Department’s demand signals for talent and skills for the future to increase organizational cohesion between the Department and academia at large.

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