NCMA's StudentsConnect
June 2012
Message from an NCMA Staff Member

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It's been a while since the last issue of StudentsConnect and for a good reason—NCMA wanted to take the time to learn the interests of the student membership so we can provide you content based on these interests. Via a recent survey, we learned that 83 percent of you ranked "career-related information" (progression, jobs, etc.) as the area that's most important to you. As you gear yourself for entry into the acquisition workforce, we hope you find the revised StudentsConnect as a valuable resource.  

I welcome you to e-mail me at to provide feedback, ask a question, and/or submit content for future issues (can be something you've written or something you've read that you know will be useful to others)—it can be anything, we are all ears. 

Correen Dingle
Marketing Specialist


 Happiest Companies
for Young

From the Frontlines
of Federal

New Initiative!
Pathways Programs—
Federal Internships for Students

As each semester ends, you are edging closer to the beginning of your career. Check out Forbes’ recent list of the companies with the happiest new professionals so that you know where to start your search! Plus, if you are thinking about relocating for work post-graduation, the article also features the top 20 cities for new professionals.Read More

The profession is ever-changing, so staying in-the-know is important for all acquisition professionals. During a recent interview, Nick Nayak, Chief Procurement Officer at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), confirms this by stating "Training is the number-one priority to make acquisitions successful." He also shared some interesting information regarding the department's acquisition area. Read More

Are you interested in working for the federal government? Then you'll be glad to know that the newly developed "Pathways Program" begins this summer! This program will help students and recent graduates by providing them with training, career development opportunities, and employment with the federal government. Read More

Just in case you missed it....

Just in case you missed it


Check out the recent discussion on LinkedIn for better insight on navigating the contract management field!

DISCUSSION: Student looking for any tips into the contract management field.


Upcoming Networking and Professional Development Opportunities

You are at the early stages of your career, so it is even more important for you to take advantage of all the professional development opportunities available to you. You also want to make yourself known—so please get out and meet, network, and get to know the people that can help guide you. Below are just a few upcoming events. Contact your local chapter and view NCMA's online calendar for additional events.

June 7:  Understanding Solicitations & Preparing Proposals - Kalamazoo, MI

June 7: NCMA NOVA Chapter Meeting - Arlington, VA

June 7: NCMA Tysons Chapter: Final Networking Event of the Program Year - Reston, VA

June 13: NCMA San Diego Chapter CART Meeting - San Diego, CA

June 19: NCMA Great Lakes States Chapter - General Membership Meeting/Networking Event - Livonia, MI

June 27: NCMA San Diego Chapter CART Meeting - Carlsbad, CA


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