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Undergraduate Internship/Co-Op Program - Cartographer, Editor, Graphic or Interactive Designer

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At a Glance

  • Full time

  • Washington, DC metro area

  • Starting salary: $44,279 – $46,809 ($21.21 - $22.43 per hour)

  • US citizenship required (dual national US citizens are eligible)

Undergraduate students serving as Cartographer, Editor, Graphic Designer, or Interactive Designer Interns for the CIA work side-by-side with Agency officers to support intelligence analysis for the President of the United States, US policymakers, and other officials.

Cartographer Interns are responsible for researching, designing, and producing thematic and reference maps in support of CIA finished intelligence.

Editor Interns 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 Designers and Interactive Designers are responsible for conceptualizing, designing and producing visual solutions for a wide variety of formats and dissemination outputs.

In addition to your job-specific responsibilities, undergraduate interns become familiar with the Agency and Intelligence Community by participating in a range of meetings and projects.

Interns generally are required to work at least one 90-day summer internship. 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. The program allows you and the Agency to assess opportunities for permanent employment following your completion of undergraduate school.

Offices of the CIA – Directorate of Analysis

Within the Directorate of Analysis (DA), incomplete and sometimes contradictory information is transformed into unique insights that inform US policy decisions. The DA helps provide timely, accurate and objective all-source intelligence analysis on national security and foreign policy issues to senior policymakers in the US Government. Learn more about the Directorate of Analysis.

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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..

US citizenship required (dual-national US citizens eligible). All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC metro area.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Full-time student pursuing an undergraduate degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Geography
    • Geo-Science
    • Graphic or Interactive/UI/UX Design
    • English
    • Journalism
    • Communications
  • A GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale is preferred, but exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances.
  • Availability to work at least one 90-day tour prior to graduation
  • Attending school on a full-time basis before/following this internship
Desired Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of industry-standard graphic design, interactive design, or cartographic software, and familiarity with mobile and web production
All applicants must successfully complete:
  • A thorough medical and psychological exam
  • A polygraph interview
  • A comprehensive background investigation

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last 12 months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to 12 months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

If you are ready to apply, add this position to your job cart. You can add up to four (4) positions. Job cart selections will only be retained during this site visit, so be sure to click "Apply Now" before closing the browser window. After clicking "Apply Now" you will be taken to the application account creation page. The positions will appear in the cart once you have created an account.

DO NOT submit multiple applications; this will only slow the review of your application and delay processing. Please read the Application Instructions carefully before you begin the online application process

Important application instructions for this position:

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

  • 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 Designer Interns: a creative portfolio of two to three (2-3) samples, demonstrating good use of typography, grid-based design, white space, and color theory (url link to a non-account based or password-protected website is preferred over PDF files). Mobile and web UI/UX samples, via url link, should be included for those interested in interactive design
  • For Editorial Intern: Two (2) different writing samples, each five (5) pages MAXIMUM, single spaced PDF, technical or analytic papers. You may excerpt longer papers.
  • For Cartographer Intern: Three to five (3-4) map samples (url link to a non-account based or password-protected website is preferred; PDF files are also accepted)

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are seeking employment with the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. Once you reveal your interest you lose control of that information. We ask all applicants to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the CIA. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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Posted: Aug 17, 2018 11:44 AM
Last Updated: May 13, 2019 01:38 PM

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