Careers & Internships


Undergraduate Internship Program - Computer Science/Engineering

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

Our internship program seeks motivated undergraduate students pursuing degrees in Computer Science, Expert Systems, Hardware/Software, Networking, Programming, Systems Analysis to work in the CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology. You will be part of team providing quick-turnaround technical solutions to satisfy unique communications requirements that require the application and/or modification of both proprietary and commercial hardware and software. Additional responsibilities will include requirements definition, analysis, fabrication, test, and documentation.

Minimum qualifications: Students should be enrolled in a Computer Science, Expert Systems, Hardware/Software, Networking, Programming, or Systems Analysis program with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Interns generally are required to work either a combination of one semester and one summer internship or two 90-day summer internships.

When applying to a Directorate of Science and Technology position, attach to the online application the following:

  • A one page cover letter describing why you are interested in a DS&T career and what characteristics and experiences distinguish you from other applicants
  • Resume
  • Academic transcripts for any school attended in the past 3 years


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.

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Posted: Jan 09, 2012 11:59 AM
Last Updated: Feb 23, 2018 05:15 PM