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Graduate Studies Program-Computer Science

Computer Science graduate students work in an research and development or quick-turnaround environment on programs to develop tools and techniques that utilize emerging software/hardware development.

  • Internship
  • Starting salary: $81,861
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Full-time student enrolled in a graduate program of study

About the Job

As a Computer Science graduate student for CIA, you will work alongside full-time officers in an R&D or quick-turnaround environment on any number of different programs to develop tools and techniques that utilize emerging software/hardware development.

You will have the opportunity to use and enhance your knowledge of operating systems, communications technologies, mobile platforms, and computer networks.

At a minimum, students are required to work two 90-day tours prior to graduation with the option to complete additional tours depending on availability.

Who You’ll Work With

At the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), we recognize our Nation’s strength comes from the diversity of its people. People from a broad range of backgrounds and viewpoints work at CIA, and our diverse teams are the reason we can keep our country safe.

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What You’ll Get

The CIA offers various benefits to students, including:

  • Paid time off
  • Federal health and life insurance
  • Retirement
  • Education and training
  • Health services
  • Child care center
  • Credit union

As a CIA employee, you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing your work is part of something bigger than yourself. Our work is driven by one mission: to keep our Nation safe. Every day is an opportunity to enhance U.S. national security.

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Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Full-time student pursuing a graduate degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Computer Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Data Science/Analytics
    • Machine Learning
    • Mathematics
    • Networking
    • Programming
    • Project/Program Management
    • Software Engineering
    • Systems Engineering
    • RF/Wireless Communications
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Attending school on a full-time basis before/following this internship
  • Availability to work at least one 90-day tour prior to graduation with the possibility to do additional tours depending on availability
  • Creative problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to function effectively in a fast-paced, mission-focused environment with multiple competing priorities
  • Organizational and planning skills
  • Written ad verbal communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to script/code

What You’ll Need to Apply

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees in the past five years
  • Cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for one or more positions. Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants.