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Undergraduate Internship/Co-op Program - Applications Developer

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $40,554 – $50,231
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

Students serving within the Application Developer occupation will work side-by-side with other Computer Scientists, Software Engineers and Web Designers and Publishers. Working in one of several offices that directly support analysis, intelligence collection and other business areas, candidates will analyze, develop and deploy innovative information/software systems and capabilities to enhance the CIA's capabilities to collect, produce and disseminate intelligence. Unique state-of-the-art solutions will be created to reduce information overload through innovative information exploitation, enhance intelligence production capabilities, expand internal and external collaboration services and evolve an expansive intelligence knowledge base.

In these positions, candidates will directly participate in team environments and via structured development lifecycles, analyze and define local and/or enterprise information system requirements, perform system/application design, develop capability prototypes, and develop and implement operational information systems. These positions also offer opportunities for hands-on research and exploration of leading-edge commercial technologies through application/integration of technology in delivering IT solutions.

These positions also allow students to enhance their skills in the following languages, operating systems, and technologies: Java, C, C++, Perl, Visual Basic, Oracle, MS Office, Lotus Notes/Domino, Java based development tools (JBuilder), Excalibur RetrievalWare, Internet/Website and Content Management Technologies (i.e., Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator and Photoshop, HTML, XML, Sharepoint), Web Protocols and Technologies (XML, SOAP, HTML, HTTP, TCP/IP, etc.), Data Architecture and Database System Design, Business Process Management (i.e., Lombardi Works), Software and Systems Engineering, Information Security Operating System/Platform Experience: Unix (Solaris), Windows, Linux, Thin Client (i.e., Citrix). N-Tier/Services Oriented Architecture, Web Services, WebLogic (Application Server), Oracle (RDBMS), PlumTree (Portal); WebLogic Web Server (Web Server); Internet Explorer & Netscape (Browser), Apache Struts (Development Framework); JBuilder Enterprise Edition (IDE); Concurrent Versions System-CVS (Version Management), Embarcadero Describe and System Architect (Architecture Modeling).

Minimum requirements: Students should be pursuing undergraduate degrees in Electrical or Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or a similar IT Engineering discipline. Students should have computer proficiency, good interpersonal and communication skills, some working knowledge of network topologies and protocols and the ability to work in a team environment. 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. A GPA of 3.0 or better is required.

The following items must be attached to your online application:

  • Your resume.
  • A one-page cover letter describing why you are interested in an Applications Developer career and what characteristics and experiences distinguish you from other applicants.
  • Unofficial transcripts for any school attended in the past three years.


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.

To Apply:

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Application Instructions

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

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Posted: Oct 08, 2009 01:14 PM
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2016 12:00 PM