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Undergraduate Internship/Co-op Program - Multi-Discipline Security Officer

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At a Glance

  • Full time

  • Washington, DC metro area

  • Starting salary: $44,279

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

As a Multi-Discipline Security Officer (MDSO) Intern for the CIA, you will work side-by-side with other MDSOs in the collection and analysis of information regarding risks to CIA personnel, facilities, information, and operations. MDSOs recommend and carry out actions to protect the CIA and the United States from individuals and organizations that would do us harm. As an Undergraduate Intern, you are expected to develop, display, and hone analytic and communication skills during your exposure to various security disciplines in order to protect and facilitate the business of intelligence.

You will have the opportunity to assist Multi-Disciplined Security Officers as they do the following work to support Agency customers:

  • Utilize basic elicitation skills and interview techniques to conduct interviews with subjects, references and informants on common investigative and security issues
  • Analyze information collected by a variety of investigative tools, in particular, the background investigation and polygraph examination
  • Provide support to a workforce of adjudicators, investigators, polygraph examiners, analysts, and security technicians
  • Serve as a focal point for office-wide corporate and management information tracking metrics, resource allocation, process improvement efforts and multitude of regulatory compliance issue.
  • Conduct event driven and time critical special investigations, unauthorized disclosures investigations, and computer security investigations.

The MDSO career can also involve the collection, analysis and reporting of security or counterintelligence related information; resource management; policy; and liaison with other Intelligence Community and US Government partners. Both classroom and on-the-job training is provided, most of which is in the Washington, D.C. area.

The CIA is committed to your development, and provides opportunities to advance and strengthen your technical expertise throughout your internship. The Undergraduate Internship Program also allows you and the Agency to assess opportunities for permanent employment following your completion of undergraduate school.

Offices of the CIA - Directorate of Support

The Directorate of Support (DS) provides everything the CIA needs to accomplish its critical mission of defending our nation. The DS provides business operations support to Agency components including all aspects of security, logistics, facilities, finance, education, medical services and human resources. Learn more about the Directorate of Support.

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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:
    • Business or Business Information Systems
    • Computer Science or Computer Security
    • Criminal Justice
    • English
    • Journalism
    • Liberal Arts
    • Management
    • Psychology
  • Availability to work either a combination of one semester and one summer internship or two 90-day summer internships
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale
  • Attending school on a full-time basis before/following this internship
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong commitment to continuous learning
  • High levels of trustworthiness, integrity, and loyalty to the U.S. Government
  • Ability to follow directions and work in a team environment
  • Ability to undergo successful occupational testing to include an aptitude test, writing test, personality inventory, and interview

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.

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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
  • A 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
  • Writing sample, three (3) pages MAXIMUM, single spaced, that focuses on your current area of expertise or interests and is related to your interest in positions at CIA.

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: Aug 19, 2019 08:40 AM

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