Careers & Internships


Undergraduate Internship Program - Cartographer, Editor, Graphic or Interactive Designer

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $43,300 - $45,775 ($20.75 - $21.93 per hour)
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

Our undergraduate internship program seeks motivated undergraduate students to serve internships as cartographers, editors, or graphic or interactive designers. Undergraduate interns work on teams with full-time CIA officers. Cartographers are responsible for researching, designing, and producing thematic and reference maps in support of CIA finished intelligence. Editors perform a variety of tasks related to producing and publishing products, including editing, creating, and processing text and graphic products for mobile, web, and hardcopy dissemination. Graphic or interactive designers are responsible for conceptualizing, designing and producing visual solutions for a wide variety of formats and dissemination outputs.

In addition to their job-specific responsibilities, undergraduate interns become familiar with the Agency and Intelligence Community by participating in a range of meetings and projects. The program allows participants and the Agency to assess opportunities for permanent employment following the participant's completion of undergraduate school.

Minimum requirements: We are looking for students with a variety of majors, including geography, geo-science, graphic or interactive/UI/UX design, English, journalism, or communications. Students selected for this program must have completed one full year of undergraduate school and be continuing school on a fulltime basis following this assignment. Interns should be available for a 90-day internship with the possibility to do additional tours depending on availability. A GPA of 3.0 or better is required. Knowledge of industry-standard graphic design, interactive design, or cartographic software, and familiarity with mobile and web production is desired.

Interns or Co-ops can work for one 90-day tour, or multiple 90-day tours over the summer and/or during the academic year, depending on the student's availability and on the requirements of the academic program.

The following items must be attached to your online application (pdf formal preferred):

  • Your resume.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees.
  • A cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for one or more positions. Please address why you want to work as a cartographer, graphic or interactive designer, or editor, and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • For graphic and interactive designers: A creative portfolio of two to three samples, demonstrating good use of typography, grid-based design, white space, and color theory. A URL link is preferred over PDF samples. Mobile and web UI/UX samples, via URL, should be included for those interested in interactive design.
  • For Editorial Positions: Two different writing samples, each five (5) pages MAXIMUM, single spaced, technical or analytic papers. You may excerpt longer papers.
  • For Cartographer positions: Two to five map samples. PDF or URL.


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

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Posted: Nov 03, 2009 01:23 PM
Last Updated: Mar 09, 2018 03:43 PM