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Graduate Studies Program - Librarian

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Work Schedule: Full Time
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

The CIA Library hires motivated graduate and doctoral students to serve student tours at one of its locations or deployed to another office as an embedded Library resource. The Library is a component within the Agency's Open Source Center (OSC), which is the Intelligence Community's expert in collecting and analyzing publicly available (open) information in the foreign arena. OSC analysts apply their foreign language, area knowledge, and subject matter expertise to review and assess foreign-based, publicly available information--including radio, television, press, geospatial sources, Internet sites, and specialized publications--to deliver high-impact products to the US foreign affairs community. They develop and apply in-depth knowledge of a broad range of publicly available information to identify trends, patterns, and often subtle relationships that provide unique insights into national security issues. Librarians manage traditional and digital collections and conduct research for all Agency needs, including other Intelligence Community partners. The paid internships range from 60-90 days in length.

Minimum qualifications: The Library seeks students in accredited MLS or equivalent grad-level programs. As part of the screening process, students should expect to be asked for a writing sample. Foreign language proficiency is welcome. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required.


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: Oct 22, 2013 10:42 AM
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2016 12:05 PM