Careers & Internships


Data Scientist

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $67,968 - $126,062*
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

*Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level

As a Data Scientist for the CIA, you will organize and interpret data to inform US decision makers, drive successful operations and shape CIA technology and resource investments. Through CIA's global mission, the Agency has access to unique and highly specialized data sets.  You will work with advanced hardware, software and techniques to develop computational algorithms and statistical methods that find patterns and relationships in large volumes of data.  Data Scientists clearly communicate their conclusions to a diverse audience and become experts through Agency-sponsored continuing education, attendance at academic and technical conferences as well as collaboration with the Intelligence Community.

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Life at CIA:

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the CIA offers exciting career opportunities and a dynamic environment. We're on the forefront of world-altering events - as they happen. So working here isn't just a job, it's a mindset and a lifestyle.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) related field, such as:
    • Computational social science
    • Computer science
    • Data analytics
    • Economics
    • Engineering
    • Geospatial analysis
    • Mathematics
    • Operations research
    • Quantitative finance
    • Statistics
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Experience with real world data through thesis research, internships, or work experience
  • Creativity
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Leadership abilities
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to work in a diverse team environment

Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in a data science equivalent field or sub-field
  • Experience working with data rich problems through research or programs
  • Experience with computer programming or user experience/user interface
  • Ability to successfully complete projects with large or incomplete data and provide solutions
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

  • Resume
  • 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.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees
  • A writing sample, five (5) pages MAXIMUM, single spaced, technical or analytic paper that focuses on your current area of expertise or interest and is related to your interest in positions at CIA. You can excerpt longer papers.


All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview, and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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Posted: May 16, 2012 05:33 PM
Last Updated: Mar 14, 2018 03:07 PM