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Undergraduate Internship/Co-op Program-Multi-Discipline Security Officer

As a Multi-Discipline Security Officer (MDSO) Intern, you will collect and analyze information regarding risks to CIA personnel, facilities, information, and operations.
  • Internship/Co-op
  • Starting salary: $50,018-$52,877
  • Full-time student pursuing an undergraduate degree

Agency-wide Requirements

All applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens (dual U.S. citizens also eligible)
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Willing to move to the Washington, DC area
  • Able to complete security and medical evaluations
  • Registered for the Selective Service

About the Job

As a Multi-Discipline Security Officer (MDSO) Intern for CIA, you will work side-by-side with other MDSOs in the collection and analysis of information regarding risks to CIA personnel, facilities, information, and operations. MDSOs recommend and carry out actions to protect CIA and the United States from individuals and organizations that would do us harm. As an Undergraduate Intern, you are expected to develop, display, and hone analytic and communication skills during your exposure to various security disciplines in order to protect and facilitate the business of intelligence.

You will have the opportunity to assist Multi-Disciplined Security Officers as they do the following work to support Agency customers:

  • Utilize basic elicitation skills and interview techniques to conduct interviews with subjects, references, and informants on common investigative and security issues
  • Analyze information collected by a variety of investigative tools, in particular, the background investigation and polygraph examination
  • Provide support to a workforce of adjudicators, investigators, polygraph examiners, analysts, and security technicians
  • Serve as a focal point for office-wide corporate and management information tracking metrics, resource allocation, process improvement efforts, and a multitude of regulatory compliance issue.
  • Conduct event-driven and time-critical special investigations, unauthorized disclosures investigations, and computer security investigations.

The MDSO career can also involve the collection, analysis, and reporting of security or counterintelligence related information, resource management, policy, and liaison with other Intelligence Community and U.S. Government partners. Both classroom and on-the-job training is provided, most of which is in the Washington, DC area.

Two 90-day tours are preferred; however, one 90-day tour is the minimum requirement

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

  • Full-time student pursuing an undergraduate degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Business or Business Information Systems
    • Computer Science or Computer Security
    • Criminal Justice
    • English
    • Journalism
    • Liberal Arts
    • Management
    • Psychology
  • Two 90-day tours are preferred; however, one 90-day tour is the minimum requirement
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Attending school on a full-time basis before/following this internship
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong commitment to continuous learning
  • High levels of trustworthiness, integrity, and loyalty to the U.S. Government
  • Ability to follow directions and work in a team environment
  • Ability to undergo successful occupational testing to include an aptitude test, writing test, personality inventory, and interview
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation