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Undergraduate Internship Program - Multi-Discipline Security Officer

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

Do you want your work to make a difference in the world? Are you a patriot willing to defend the United States from terrorists and all others who would do us harm?

The business of intelligence involves collecting information from around the world using human and technical means in order to create comprehensive intelligence products for US leadership. The President and other US leaders use the information about the intents and capabilities of others to create policy that guides our country and maintains our national security.

Multi-discipline Security Officer interns collect and analyze information about risks to CIA people, facilities, information, and operations. They recommend and carry out actions to protect the CIA and the United States from people and organizations that would do us harm. As an 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.

Would you like a career that provides for a variety of jobs and significant growth potential as well?Are you interested in an organization committed to developing your talent throughout your entire career?

Multi-discipline Security Officer interns gain experience and familiarization with the business of security through a system of training and developmental assignments that expose them to a wide variety of security disciplines including personnel (e.g., background investigations, security adjudications), physical & technical(e.g., risk assessments of facilities), cyber (e.g., information assurance), protective (e.g. Executive and VIP protection), as well as skills in program management and acquisitions security. Conversion to a full time Multi-discipline Security Officer position is possible at the conclusion of the internship/coop program.

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. Individuals interested in a career as an MDSO must also be willing to take training in firearms, defensive tactics and driving, and CPR.

Minimum requirements include current enrollment in a four year degree program from a nationally accredited college or university (GPA 3.0 or better preferred); excellent oral and written communication skills; analytic skills; strong interpersonal skills; and high levels of trustworthiness, integrity and loyalty to the US. All applicants must undergo successful occupational testing to include an aptitude test, writing test, personality inventory, and interview.

Areas of study currently desired include, Business; Business Information Systems;Computer Science;Computer Security;English; Finance;History;Journalism;Liberal Arts;Management;Psychology; Sociology; or Systems Analysis


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

Posted: Aug 26, 2016 02:49 PM
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2018 02:27 PM

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