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Undergraduate Internship Program - Physical & Technical Security

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Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $44,751 ($21.44 per hour)
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

Do you want to protect the CIA from terrorism, cyber-attacks, and hostile foreign intelligence services?Do you want to make a career out of working with the most secure security systems in the world? If you answered yes, then you might be interested in this opportunity as a Physical and Technical Security Intern.

The Physical & Technical Security staff is charged with securing CIA's facilities in unique and exciting environments around the world. This process includes analyzing risk, securely constructing facilities, accrediting secure work environments, and engineering, installing, integrating, and maintaining specialized security systems. As an Intern for this section you would be part of the team that accomplishes that mission. Your efforts, either as part of a team project or even completing independent research, will serve as the basis for the secure environment required at our facilities worldwide. Regular domestic and overseas travel is required for full-time staff employees and interns may be afforded the opportunity to participate in a trip dependent on performance, aptitude, schedule, and budget restrictions. Conversion to a full-time Physical and Technical Security Officer position is possible at the conclusion of the internship/co-op program.


Minimum requirements: Candidates must be enrolled in a nationally accredited degree program (2 or 4 year) in Electronics, Engineering, or Information Technology. Physical and Technical Security Officers come from a variety of backgrounds, life experiences, and professional and educational histories.

Competitive candidates have experience in:

    • Installation, maintenance, and/or administration of IT systems
    • Programming (C, C++, Python, Scripting, Internet, Windows applications development, Linux/Unix, interrupt processing/service routines, device drivers, RS-232 communication applications)
    • Locksmith
    • Voice/data communications (satellite, RF, wireless and telecommunications networks)
    • Anti-terrorism force protection
    • Program and/or process management
    • Installing and/or integrating security equipment to include:

Intrusion detection systems; Access control systems;CCTV systems;Vehicle barriers

  • High-security locking hardware
  • Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
  • AutoCAD

ALL POSITIONS REQUIRE RELOCATION TO THE WASHINGTON DC METROPOLITAN AREA.

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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Application Instructions

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


Posted: Aug 26, 2016 02:49 PM
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2017 04:15 PM