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Graduate Studies Program-Intelligence Analyst

Intelligence Analyst Graduate Interns evaluate and analyze information from classified and unclassified sources and provide assessments to the President and other U.S. policymakers

  • Internship
  • Starting salary: $57,351 - $81,861 ($27.57 - $39.36 per hour)
  • Full-time student enrolled in a graduate program of study

About the Job

As an Intelligence Analyst Graduate Intern for CIA, you will work on teams with our full-time intelligence analysts, studying and evaluating information from all available sources—classified and unclassified—and then analyzing it to provide timely and objective assessments to customers such as the President, National Security Council, and other U.S. policymakers.

Liberal arts majors research, analyze, write, and brief on international political, military, economic, and leadership developments.

Engineering, science students, or those in other technical programs, analyze and provide written and oral assessments on challenging national security issues–including foreign weapons development, weapons proliferation, cyber warfare, and emerging technologies–and apply their scientific and technical knowledge to solve complex intelligence problems.

In addition to your analytic responsibilities, you will have the opportunity to become familiar with the Agency and Intelligence Community by participating in a range of meetings and projects. The Graduate Studies Program also allows participants and the Agency to assess opportunities for permanent employment following the participant’s completion of graduate school.

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

  • Enrolled in a graduate program of study as a full- time student focusing in one of the following fields or related studies (those entering graduate school will be required to produce an acceptance letter prior to onboarding):
    • Area Studies
    • Computer Science
    • Cybersecurity
    • Economics
    • Engineering
    • Geography
    • International Affairs
    • Physical Sciences
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Availability to work at least one 90-day tour prior to graduation
  • Attending school on a full-time basis following this internship
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

What You’ll Need to Apply

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees
  • A 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.
  • Two (2) different writing samples, three to five pages (3-5) each, single-spaced PDF. Submit papers that showcase your writing style, research abilities and critical thinking skills. Subject matter should focus on your current areas of expertise that relate to your interest in positions at the CIA. You can excerpt longer papers.