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Undergraduate Internship Program - Directorate of Operations

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At a Glance

  • Full time

  • Washington, DC metro area

  • Starting salary: $43,300 ($20.74 per hour)

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

As a Directorate of Operations Undergraduate Intern for the CIA, you will support the Directorate of Operations (DO) mission of collecting human intelligence on critical international developments. The DO is the covert arm of the CIA.

Working in the Washington, DC area, you will perform duties typical of a Collection Management Officer or Staff Operations Officer, teaming with knowledgeable professionals to facilitate the collection and dissemination of foreign intelligence used by US national security, defense, and foreign policy officials and intelligence analysts.

Interns are generally freshmen at the time of application and are interested in pursuing a DO career upon graduation. Competitive applicants that apply early in the application process—as opposed to the final week—have a better chance of making it through the stringent security and medical processing that must be completed before entering on duty as a Directorate of Operations Undergraduate Intern the following summer. If you plan to study abroad or otherwise be outside of the United States between now and the end of summer 2019, we strongly recommend you apply no later than 31 January 2019. In your cover letter please indicate anticipated travel dates.

We encourage all applicants to read about the Agency. Please review our Intelligence Profession Reading List.

Offices of the CIA – Directorate of Operations

The Directorate of Operations (DO) strengthens national security and foreign policy objectives through the clandestine collection of human intelligence (HUMINT), and by conducting covert action as directed by the President. Learn more about the Directorate of Operations.

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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 a 4-year academic institution with at least one semester completed at the time of application; there is no preferred major or program of study. Please include your college/university information under the Education Section of the on-line application with your anticipated graduation date
  • Competitive applicants enrolled in 2-year degree programs that feed into accredited 4-year programs will be considered. Please address your plans to continue studying at a 4-year college/university in your cover letter. If competitive, proof of acceptance into the 4-year program is required prior to entering on duty
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale at the time of application and maintained throughout the application process and internship program
  • Availability to complete two 90-day summer internships (the first summer internship typically starts May or June 2020 and the second will start May or June 2021)
  • Attending school on a full-time basis before/following this internship
  • Impeccable integrity
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated interest in foreign affairs and national security issues
  • Commitment to serving the interests of our country
  • Interest in a career with the CIA's Directorate of Operations following graduation
  • Due to processing requirements, the DO will not consider applicants who travel out of the US for more than three consecutive months between January 2019 - May 2020. Extended foreign travel is discouraged between January 2021 - May 2021 as well.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Foreign language skills and/or overseas experience
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):

  • A cover letter (no more than two pages) describing yourself, telling us why you are interested in a DO career, highlighting characteristics and experiences that distinguish you from other applicants.
  • Qualifications Supplement -- in a separate PDF attachment address the following questions:
    • Why does a career in public service appeal to you (1 paragraph)
    • Why do you wish to serve in the Directorate of Operations (1 paragraph)
    • Other than the Directorate of Operations, what other career options are of interest to you (1 paragraph)
    • Describe one thing from your academic, military, or professional background that has prepared you for success in the Directorate of Operations (1 paragraph)
    • Complete this thought: "I do my best work when..." (1 paragraph)
    • Describe a time when you did not succeed, professionally or academically, and what you learned from that experience (2 paragraphs)
  • College transcripts showing Fall 2018 grades (copies of unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this stage of processing).

NOTE:

  • Applicants who will be overseas during the late Spring/Summer 2019 are STRONGLY encouraged to submit their application by 31 January 2019.
  • Serious applicants are encouraged to complete their application well in advance of the midnight (EDT) 15 March 2019 deadline to allow for timely processing of competitive applicants.

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: Dec 03, 2018 08:09 AM

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