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Missile Defense Career Development Program

MDA offers entry-level opportunities through the Missile Defense Career Development Program (MDCDP) and MDCDP—Recent Graduate (MDCDP-RG).


Entry Level OpportunitiesIt is an exciting, hands-on approach that will give you the specific skills and experience on cutting-edge technology to put you on a fast track to success in the missile defense community. During this three-year program you will acquire valuable technical and work-related skills through rotational assignments that include seminars, formal classroom training, and on-the-job training. MDA will pair you with a mentor who will help you evaluate your career path as well as opportunities for professional and personal growth. You will work hand-in-hand with industry partners who develop our technology — managing, overseeing, and helping guide development that keeps America safe.

The Benefits

Along with the salary, training, and all of the benefits of federal employment, you will be eligible for promotion opportunities throughout the program and may be able to take advantage of continuing education opportunities, recruitment, and/or relocation bonuses, and repayment of student loans.

When to Apply?

MDA is currently accepting applications for the Missile Defense Career Development Program (MDCDP) and MDCDP-RG. Potential applicants should ensure they have a current resume. We highly recommend applicants set up an account on www.usajobs.gov with alerts to job openings. Please continue to check back here or on www.usajobs.gov (external link opens in new window) for MDA's job vacancies.

How to Apply?

Once MDA announces these positions, read the announcement multiple times, work carefully on your resume, and submit your resume and any requested documents in accordance with the instructions in the announcement.


Email your employment-related questions to: jobquestions@mda.mil.