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Undergraduate Internship/Co-Op Program-Cartographer, Editor, Graphic or Interactive Designer
About the Job
Undergraduate students serving as Cartographer, Editor, Graphic Designer, or Interactive Designer Interns for CIA work side-by-side with Agency officers to support intelligence analysis for the President of the United States, U.S. policymakers, and other officials.
Cartographer Interns are responsible for researching, designing, and producing thematic and reference maps in support of CIA finished intelligence.
Editor Interns perform a variety of tasks related to producing and publishing products, including editing, creating, and processing text and graphic products for mobile, web, and hardcopy dissemination.
Graphic Designers and Interactive Designers are responsible for conceptualizing, designing, and producing visual solutions for a wide variety of formats and dissemination outputs.
In addition to your job-specific responsibilities, undergraduate interns become familiar with the Agency and Intelligence Community by participating in a range of meetings and projects.
Interns generally are required to work at least one 90-day summer internship. Co-op students work on an alternating semester or quarterly basis and are expected to spend a minimum of three semesters or four quarters (this can include a summer tour) on the job prior to graduation. The program allows you and the Agency to assess opportunities for permanent employment following your completion of undergraduate 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.
What You’ll Get
The CIA offers various benefits to students, including:
- Paid time off
- Federal health and life insurance
- 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.
- Full-time student pursuing an undergraduate degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
- Graphic or Interactive/UI/UX Design
- At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale is preferred, but exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances
- Availability to work at least one 90-day tour prior to graduation
- Attending school on a full-time basis before/following this internship
- Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation
- Knowledge of industry-standard graphic design, interactive design, or cartographic software, and familiarity with mobile and web production
What You’ll Need to Apply
- 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 as a cartographer, graphic or interactive designer, or editor, and what differentiates you from other applicants.
The following items must be attached to your on-line application:
- For Graphic and Interactive Designer Interns: a creative portfolio of two to three (2-3) samples, demonstrating good use of typography, grid-based design, white space, and color theory (url link to a non-account based or password-protected website is preferred over PDF files). Mobile and web UI/UX samples, via url link, should be included for those interested in interactive design.
- For Editorial Intern: Two (2) different writing samples, each five (5) pages MAXIMUM, single spaced PDF, technical or analytic papers. You may excerpt longer papers.
- For Cartographer Intern: Three to five (3-4) map samples (url link to a non-account based or password-protected website is preferred; PDF files are also accepted).