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SkillBridge Internship

SUMMARY

Blackrock Strategy welcomes mission-focused, talented military personnel to gain experience and hone professional skills while enabling the DoD to accelerate fielding of emerging technological solutions to Joint problems. Interns will assist in the design of technology assessments, gathering and analyzing data, managing knowledge, and making strategic technology investment recommendations to senior Defense leadership.

Remote-capable with preference for: Indianapolis, IN; Huntsville, AL; the National Capital Region

 

SkillBridge Overview:

 

Blackrock Strategy develops specific SkillBridge internship programs on an individual basis balancing intern expertise and preferences, company capabilities, and client interests. The program may be tailored to provide specialized experience in preparation for roles on Blackrock Strategy’s Assessment, Engineering, Technical Writing/Knowledge Management, or other teams. Success as an intern will hinge on individual ability to wield and grow the following skills:

  • Communications – effective verbal, non-verbal, and written communication (especially technical writing) using a broad array of methods tailored to the audience; appropriately representing the company and customer.

  • Conceptual Capacity – ability to think concretely and abstractly about complex problems and situations to connect environment, intent, and action.

  • Problem Solving – seeing and analyzing problems to create or find suitable, sustainable, complete solutions aligned with company and customer priorities.

  • Perspective-Taking – ability to see and consider multiple perspectives at once.

  • Temperament – awareness of one’s own perspectives; rational empathy.

  • Adaptability – reacting to and anticipating changes; comfort with ambiguity.

Because of the custom nature of the Blackrock Strategy SkillBridge Internship experience, the opportunity is not pre-approved by the Department of Defense (DoD). Our company will work with prospective interns to assemble documents for review and approval by the relevant installation offices. Approval and support for participation in a SkillBridge internship must be given by appropriate levels of a prospect’s chain of command, according to DoD and/or military service policies. Any potential for an offer of employment by Blackrock Strategy following completion of the internship is contingent on performance, budget, and client needs.

Compensation:

The DoD SkillBridge Internship program prohibits compensation of interns. Should the internship result in an offer of post-military employment, Blackrock Strategy offers highly competitive pay and benefits based on market, experience, and skills.

Role Execution:

  • Collaboration with government leaders, industry partners, and military elements to understand objectives and to identify relevant data and metrics.

  • Understanding Service-level and Joint concepts for future warfighting.

  • Establishing parameters and requirements for data collection; validating collected data through testing and independent judgement.

  • Researching and analyzing information to rapidly gain expertise in unfamiliar subjects.

  • Designing and applying validation and testing models to data.

  • Creating conceptual and detailed plans.

  • Mitigating risk and preparing contingency plans and processes.

  • Using executive-focused communication to convey nuanced information and recommendations clearly and concisely.

  • Developing and supporting implementation plans for internal and customer organizational solutions.

  • Preparing, distributing, and delivering reports to identify, explain, and evaluate problems and recommend available solutions.

  • Assisting with design and implementation of knowledge management schemes.

  • Identifying opportunities for process improvement or reinforcement of best practices; designing and implementing solutions to address these.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Education:

  • HS diploma and 4+ years of related experience required or

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field and 2+ years of relevant experience or

  • Master's degree in a relevant field.

Required Skills & Attributes:

  • Analytical capacity with the ability to model scenarios, reduce data, and analyze trends; ability to create or find suitable, sustainable, complete solutions.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to communicate complex topics to audiences with technical or non-technical backgrounds and specialties.

  • Strong conceptual capacity and problem-solving skills; ability to empathetically see and consider multiple problem perspectives at once.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

  • Experience planning and managing complex projects.

  • Demonstrated pursuit of both broad (general) and deep (specialized) expertise in military and technical fields relevant to Joint Operations and innovation.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

None

Desired Experience:

  • DoD (uniformed military) experience.

  • Experience working with classified information in classified environments.

  • Experience working in military test, evaluation, and experimentation environments.

  • Experience with military solution development and integration.

  • Experience with DoD science, research and development, and acquisition processes.

Qualifications:

Success in the internship program requires an individual to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • **MUST BE A U.S. CITIZEN**

  • Top Secret DoD Security Clearance with SCI eligibility is required to perform this work. Must have an active SECRET clearance upon hire with the ability to gain and maintain a TOP SECRET clearance with SCI eligibility upon start of employment.

  • Must pass physical and health requirements.

  • Must pass any testing requirements.

  • Potential interns must accept and meet all program standards and guidelines.

  • Potential interns should possess reasonable interactive and social skills.

Language Skills:

Ability to read in English to analyze and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, government regulations, and procedure manuals. Ability to write in English with a high degree of proficiency for routine reports and correspondence.

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to solve practical problems by defining the problem, collecting data, establishing facts, and drawing valid conclusions. Ability to apply common sense and emotional intelligence.

Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations:

Must have a valid driver’s license issued by state of residence.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear and see. Sit or stand for periods of time. Other physical demands included must be able to lift a maximum of 15 pounds at times.

Work Environment:

The work environment depends on proximity to Blackrock Strategy facilities and activities. This internship may be delivered using remote, hybrid, or in-person methods. Access to classified systems during the internship is a bonus, but not required. Job activities may periodically take place in a field environment.

Equal Opportunity Employment Policy:

Blackrock Strategy LLC provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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