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Graduate Studies Program-Technical Researcher

Technical Researcher graduate students perform exploratory and applied scientific research and provide technical guidance on the use of current and emerging technology.

  • Internship
  • Starting salary: $81,861 - $90,242
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Full-time student enrolled in a graduate program of study

About the Job

As a Technical Researcher graduate student for CIA, you will work alongside full-time officers in an R&D environment focusing on identifying new materials, technologies, and techniques that can be integrated into existing business areas.  You will perform exploratory and applied scientific research and provide technical guidance on the use of current and emerging technology.

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
    • Biology
    • Ceramic Science
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering (All)
    • Fiber/Textile Science
    • Laser and Optical Technology
    • Machine Learning
    • Material Science
    • Mathematics
    • Nanotechnology
    • Physics
    • Pulp and Paper Technology
    • RF/wireless Technology
    • Statistics
    • Video & Audio Forensics
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Availability to work at least one 90-day tour prior to graduation with the possibility to do additional tours depending on availability
  • Attending school on a full-time basis before/following this student tour
  • 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 and verbal communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • 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 in the past five years
  • A cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for this position. Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants.