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As a Directorate of Operations Undergraduate Intern for the CIA, you will support the Directorate of Operations (DO) mission of collecting human intelligence on critical international developments. The DO is the covert arm of the CIA.
Working in the Washington, DC area, you will perform duties typical of a Collection Management Officer or Staff Operations Officer, teaming with knowledgeable professionals to facilitate the collection and dissemination of foreign intelligence used by US national security, defense, and foreign policy officials and intelligence analysts.
Interns are generally freshmen at the time of application and are interested in pursuing a DO career upon graduation. Competitive applicants that apply early in the application process—as opposed to the final week—have a better chance of making it through the stringent security and medical processing that must be completed before entering on duty as a Directorate of Operations Undergraduate Intern the following summer. If you plan to study abroad or otherwise be outside of the United States between now and the end of summer 2019, we strongly recommend you apply no later than 31 January 2019. In your cover letter please indicate anticipated travel dates.
US citizenship required (dual-national US citizens eligible). All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC metro area.
- Full-time student pursuing an undergraduate degree in a 4-year academic institution with at least one semester completed at the time of application; there is no preferred major or program of study. Please include your college/university information under the Education Section of the on-line application with your anticipated graduation date
- Competitive applicants enrolled in 2-year degree programs that feed into accredited 4-year programs will be considered. Please address your plans to continue studying at a 4-year college/university in your cover letter. If competitive, proof of acceptance into the 4-year program is required prior to entering on duty
- GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale at the time of application and maintained throughout the application process and internship program
- Availability to complete two 90-day summer internships (the first summer internship typically starts May or June 2020 and the second will start May or June 2021)
- Attending school on a full-time basis before/following this internship
- Impeccable integrity
- Outstanding interpersonal skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Demonstrated interest in foreign affairs and national security issues
- Commitment to serving the interests of our country
- Interest in a career with the CIA's Directorate of Operations following graduation
- Due to processing requirements, the DO will not consider applicants who travel out of the US for more than three consecutive months between January 2019 - May 2020. Extended foreign travel is discouraged between January 2021 - May 2021 as well.
- Foreign language skills and/or overseas experience
All applicants must successfully complete:
- A thorough medical and psychological exam
- A polygraph interview
- A comprehensive background investigation
To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last 12 months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to 12 months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.