DoD SkillBridge Fellowship

Job Locations US-VA-Manassas
Science & Engineering


Hepburn and Sons, LLC position description does not represent a current opening but may be used to identify candidates with skills and experience for positions within Hepburn and Sons that frequently become available. Candidates who express an interest may be considered for future positions at Hepburn and Sons.

Hepburn and Sons LLC serves as the trusted advisors to the American maritime industry. Our passion is for naval engineering. Our President/CEO, a retired Navy Captain, Rick Hepburn is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in several states. He served as Supervisor of Shipbuilding in Bath, Maine, as the Chief Naval Architect for combatant ships (NAVSEA 05D) and is a recognized expert on dry dock construction and operations, as well as ship repairs. After retirement from the Navy and serving in various defense industry executive positions, Rick and his family established Hepburn and Sons LLC to continue fueling Rick’s passion for serving the United States Navy engineering community. The Hepburn family founded the firm in Manassas, Virginia in 2010. The original family crest, with direct ties to medieval Scotland, was adopted as the company logo. The family motto is Keep Trust. The firm was founded on this Biblical principle. As a trusted advisor, Hepburn and Sons is proud to help our nation’s military personnel make the transition to civilian careers. Approximately fifty-three percent of Hepburn and Sons’s employees self-identify as veterans. The Hepburn and Son’s DoD SkillBridge Internship Program is an approved SkillBridge Program under Dept. of Defense Instruction 1322.29. Our program is an opportunity for transitioning service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through an individual internship during their last 6 months of service, for up to 180 days. The Hepburn and Son’s DoD Skillbridge internship Program is open to all ranks and experience levels. SkillBridge participants are not eligible for compensation from Hepburn and Sons, as they continue to receive military compensation and benefits as active-duty service members. Responsibilities for this internship position, Hepburn and Sons developed the Hepburn and Sons formal DoD Skillbridge Internship Program (DoD SkillBridge) utilizing the DoDI guidance for SkillBridge. During this program the service member will be on-site at his or her host company performing an individual internship in an entry to mid-level career type role. The service member will be on the job training supporting a work schedule equivalent to 40hrs per week. Outlined below are the Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes for the program.

Goals – Provide transitioning service members fellowship-style job skills training during the last portion(s) of their military commitment. This program is specifically designed to offer internships that result in the potential to transition to a full-time opportunity as the conclusion of the training. Interns will serve as a pipeline for high-speed, motivated military candidates into Hepburn and Sons.


Objectives - Service Members who complete the Intern program will be highly trained, capable, future employees that align to the specific needs of the organization and are prepared to meet the Hepburn and Sons mission “Defining Possible” on Day 1. This program provides a comprehensive internship experience including professional development, networking with leadership, and training specifically focused on Hepburn and Sons leadership principles, company history, customer/stakeholder engagement, product and service overview, and core job responsibilities.

Outcome – Offer transitioning service member a rewarding opportunity to join the Hepburn and Sons team.


DoD SkillBridge Eligibility:

  • Meets DoD SkillBridge Qualifications as per DODI 1322.29
  • Has served at least 180 days on active duty
  • Is within 12 months of separation or retirement
  • Will receive an honorable discharge
  • Has taken any service TAPS/TGPS
  • Has attended or participated in an ethics brief within the last 12 months
  • Received Unit Commander (first O-4/Field Grade commander in chain of command) written authorization and approval to participate in DoD SkillBridge Program prior to start of internship.

Responsibilities for this Pipeline requisition are:

Individual DoD SkillBridge Internships available in ­­­­support of the Surface Combat Systems Center, Combat Systems Support in providing Test and Evaluation, Operational, engineering, and cyber security readiness. A Diverse team of technical, programmatic, and business professionals.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A current active in-scope U.S. Government DoD Secret security clearance or higher is required to start, with the ability to obtain and maintain Special Program Access (SAP).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university
  • Master’s Degree from an accredited university
  • Experience working restricted programs and ability to work in closed areas with minimal oversight
  • Experience with USG and Prime Customers
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Excellent communications skills, including the ability to present and brief technical date to all levels of leadership within the organization and U.S. Government.
  • A current active in-scope U.S. Government DoD Top Secret security clearance with current or previous Special Program Access (SAP)/SCI.



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