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Undergraduate Internship Program-Directorate of Operations

As a Directorate of Operations Undergraduate Intern for CIA, you will support the Directorate of Operations (DO) mission of collecting human intelligence on critical international developments.

  • Internship
  • Starting salary: $53,170
  • Full-time student pursuing an undergraduate degree
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About the Job

Please check back circa late fall 2022 for information on Summer 2024/2025 DO Internships.

As a Directorate of Operations Undergraduate Intern for CIA, you will support the Directorate of Operations (DO) mission to collect human intelligence on critical international developments. The DO is the covert arm of the CIA.

Working in the Washington, DC area, you will perform duties typical of a Collection Management Officer or Staff Operations Officer, teaming with knowledgeable professionals to facilitate the collection and dissemination of foreign intelligence used by U.S. national security, defense, and foreign policy officials and intelligence analysts.

Interns are generally freshmen at the time of application and are interested in pursuing a DO career upon graduation.

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

As noted above, our Directorate of Operations Undergraduate Internship program will not be accepting applications for summer 2023 internship opportunities. Please check back in late 2022 to learn more about our revamped Undergraduate Internship program. We encourage those who have an interest in a DO career to continue to visit our website and learn about the Agency, with a goal of applying to a full-time position approximately one year prior to graduation.

Desired Qualifications

  • Foreign language skills and/or overseas experience

What You’ll Need to Apply

Please check back circa late fall 2022 for information on Summer 2024/2025 DO Internships.

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