Careers & Internships


Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program - (PRISP)

The Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program (PRISP)* is demand-driven and complements the hiring requirements of the Directorate of Intelligence (DI). Eligible candidates are student interns who have served at least one internship in a DI office or center, have expressed interest in converting to full-time staff, and have management’s concurrence for the conversion. PRISP provides a monetary incentive to facilitate the immediate hiring of eligible candidates with needed specialties as follows:

  • Area expertise in China, Middle East, South Asia, Korea, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Russia, the Caucasus, Africa, and Latin America; or

  • Coursework in counterterrorism, Islamic Studies, physical sciences (physics, biology, chemistry, microbiology), engineering (aerospace, chemical, bio-medical, electrical, mechanical, nuclear, structural), applied mathematics, computer engineering, computer science, cyber security, political science, and economics; or

  • Expertise or academic training in national security, international affairs, political science, analytic methodology, financial security, international banking, international finance, or international organizations; and/or

  • Language training or proficiency desirable (and adds a significant competitive edge), particularly in Chinese, Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, Dari, Turkish, Korean, or a Central Asian or Caucasian language such as Georgian, Turkmen, Tajik, or Uzbek.


  • Complete all academic requirements and graduate from college (bachelor or graduate programs).

  • Candidates must successfully complete all medical and security requirements for conversion from student to staff status.

  • Candidates must enter on duty (EOD) into the DI as full-time staff employees no later than 30 September.

  • Candidates accepting this stipend must sign a Continuing Service Agreement, which is a commitment to remain in the DI for 18 months after entering on duty. The 18-month service agreement begins on their full-time staff EOD date.

Amount of Stipend:

  • These stipends are typically at least $10,000, depending upon the amount of funding available and the number of DI candidates in the selection pool. A PRISP stipend is not guaranteed.

*Eligible candidates for this program are selected from the Directorate of Intelligence student intern population; no external applications accepted.

An equal opportunity employer and a drug-free work force.

Posted: Apr 21, 2007 05:43 PM
Last Updated: Apr 11, 2012 09:05 AM