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Graduate Studies Program - Cyber Exploitation Officer

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $56,698 – $76,377 ($27.17 – $36.60 per hour)
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

As a Cyber Exploitation Officer Graduate Intern for the CIA, you will work side-by-side with other Cyber Exploitation Officers in the evaluation and investigation of digital and all source intelligence information in a dynamic, ever-expanding digital environment. You will use a variety of digital analytic and/or forensics tools and methods to extract valuable information from digital data. You will create a range of products to explain your findings, inform operations, drive the collection of intelligence, and support customers. You will also partner with other Cyber Exploitation Officers to triage, review and identify items of intelligence and operational interest from technical collections and other data sets.

Cyber Exploitation Officer Interns generally are required to work either a combination of one semester and one summer internship or two 90-day summer internships. Co-op students work on an alternating semester or quarterly basis and are expected to spend a minimum of three semesters or four quarters (this can include a summer tour) on the job prior to graduation.

Offices of the CIA – Directorate of Digital Innovation

The Directorate of Digital Innovation (DDI) is at the forefront of defining the future of digital expertise within the CIA. DDI focuses on developing the workforce with cutting-edge skills, investing in IT infrastructure, and modernizing the way the Agency does business. DDI officers help accelerate the integration of innovative methods and tools to enhance the CIA’s cyber and digital capabilities on a global scale and ultimately help safeguard our nation. Learn more about the Directorate of Digital Innovation.

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:

  • Full-time student pursuing a graduate degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Computer Science
    • Digital/Computer/Network Forensics
    • Computer Engineering
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Information Security/Information Assurance
    • Telecommunications
    • Data Analysis/Analytics
  • Bachelor's degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Computer Science
    • Digital/Computer/Network Forensics
    • Computer Engineering
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Information Security/Information Assurance
    • Cyber Security
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Telecommunications
    • Data Analysis/Analytics
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Availability to work at least two 90-day tours prior to graduation
  • Attending school on a full-time basis before/following this internship
  • Creative problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Analytic and research skills
  • Written and verbal communication skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • Foreign language skills
  • Ability to script/code

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 and current degree programs


    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: Feb 01, 2018 09:12 AM
    Last Updated: Mar 26, 2018 02:27 PM

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