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Undergraduate Internship/Co-op Program - Cyber Security

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $45,775 ($21.93 per hour)
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

As a Cyber Security Undergraduate Intern for the CIA, you will work side-by-side with other Cyber Security Officers to protect Agency data and systems using sophisticated tools, instrumentation, and knowledge of CIA Information Technology (IT) and tradecraft to monitor, evaluate, and manage IT risk. You will protect CIA data and IT systems by identifying current threats, mitigating vulnerabilities, and anticipating future cybersecurity challenges.

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

  • Analyze existing and future systems across the Agency, review security architectures and develop engineering solutions that integrate information security requirements to proactively protect information
  • Perform audit and security compliance checks, including network penetration testing, vulnerability scans, and other configuration analysis
  • Conduct Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) activities, including forensic analysis and review and assessment of security events and logs via sophisticated security/event management tools
  • Implement and support network defense, identification/authentication/access control, data protection mechanisms, and data transfer mechanisms
  • Develop threat models and security risk assessments, and recommend mitigations and countermeasures to address risks, vulnerabilities and threats.
  • Review and validate security documentation, including the system security requirements definition and System Security Plans
  • Implement security designs in hardware, software, data and procedures
  • Provide guidance to Agency customers on CIA’s and Intelligence Community’s information security policies and regulations

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.

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    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Full-time student pursuing an undergraduate degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
      • Cyber Security
      • Information Assurance
      • Computer Science
      • Mathematics
      • Computer Engineering or other technical field
    • 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
    • One (1) year of college class work with some fundamental computer science or cyber defense classes or relevant cyber defense work experience
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
    • Strong commitment to continuous learning
    • Ability to follow directions and work in a team environment

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

    • Resume
    • 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. You can excerpt longer papers

    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.

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

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    Posted: Sep 26, 2011 10:09 AM
    Last Updated: Apr 05, 2018 09:56 AM

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