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Undergraduate Internship/Co-op Program - Information and Data Management

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $43,300 - $55,165 ($20.75 - $26.43 per hour)
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

Students serving as Information and Data Management (IDM) interns work side-by-side with other IDM officers and mission partners to focus on the management of data, information, and knowledge across all Agency equities. Students gain experience working in business areas covering every aspect of the information lifecycle, including: classification, cataloging, storing, maintaining records and information assets, declassification review, public release, privacy and civil liberties protection, and archiving. IDM work is the backbone of mission-critical information delivery throughout CIA.

Depending on assignment, students serve within one of the core offices within Information Management Services while also participating in a range of activities sponsored by Directorate of Digital Innovation (DDI) Student Programs. Students participate in structured team environments and ensure Agency information is managed appropriately throughout the information life cycle. Duties include providing and applying basic guidance on IDM business policies including, but not limited to: archiving; digitization and categorization; Executive Order-mandated classification, declassification, and marking; foreign disclosure; Freedom of Information Act; Privacy Act; records management; and review and release. Students have the opportunity to apply information and data management skills to catalogue, index, search, and retrieve Agency information and demonstrate analytic, diagnostic, and qualitative skills needed to identify, evaluate, and recommend information and data management solutions and strategic plans.

Interns generally are required to work either a combination of one semester and one summer internship or two summer internships. Co-op students work on an alternating semester or quarterly basis and are expected to spend a minimum of three semesters or four quarters (this can include a summer tour) on the job prior to graduation.

Offices of the CIA - Directorate of Digital Innovation

The Directorate of Digital Innovation (DDI) is at the forefront of defining the future of digital expertise within the CIA. DDI focuses on developing the workforce with cutting-edge skills, investing in IT infrastructure, and modernizing the way the Agency does business. DDI officers help accelerate the integration of innovative methods and tools to enhance the CIA's cyber and digital capabilities on a global scale and ultimately help safeguard our nation. Learn more about the Directorate of Digital Innovation

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Pursuing Bachelor's degree in Archives/Digitization Management, Business Administration, Computer/Data Science, History, Information/Data/Knowledge Management, Information Technology, International Affairs/Relations, Library/Information Science, Law, Management Information Systems, Paralegal Studies, Philosophy and/or Public Administration
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Highly motivated students with excellent skills in verbal and written communications, interpersonal dynamics, research and analysis, teamwork, and critical thinking
  • Desire and ability to advance the CIA's IDM mission, a passion for learning, and the willingness to take on new and exciting challenges
  • Availability to work two 90-day tours prior to graduation
  • Completion of one full year of undergraduate studies and attending school on a full-time basis before/following this internship

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

  • Your resume.
  • A cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for one or more positions.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees.


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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Posted: Oct 08, 2015 10:16 AM
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2018 02:23 PM

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