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Undergraduate Internship Program - Open Source Officer

Work Schedule: Full Time
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

Open Source Officers (OSOs) are the Intelligence Community's experts in collecting and analyzing publicly available information in the foreign arena. Open Source Officers apply their foreign language, area knowledge, and subject matter expertise to review and assess publicly available information in the foreign arena--including radio, television, press, geospatial sources, Internet sites--and specialized publications--to deliver high-impact products to the US foreign affairs community. OSOs develop and apply in-depth knowledge of a broad range of publicly available information to identify trends, patterns, and often subtle relationships that provide unique insights into national security issues. OSOs may specialize in an area of the world (country or region) or a specific topic (i.e., military, economy, emerging media technologies, terrorism, proliferation, cyber security, science & technology, etc). Additionally, OSOs may manage the collection and analysis of open sources by foreign national staff and contractors throughout the United States and overseas.

The Open Source Enterprise seeks motivated undergraduate students with demonstrated reading proficiency in a foreign language for paid internships. Qualified candidates will have an opportunity to further develop their foreign language, area knowledge, and subject matter expertise to develop an understanding of how information collected from publicly available sources in the foreign arena support policymakers. Internships range from 60 to 90 days.

Minimum qualifications: Full-time students pursuing or accepted into a full-time Bachelors program in all areas of study are considered. The students we seek are creative and energetic, with a keen interest in foreign affairs and have strong writing and problem-solving skills. These students also can demonstrate reading proficiency in a foreign language; have strong Internet research skills; possess strong communication, interpersonal, and English language skills; and can work collaboratively as part of a diverse group. Additionally, many of our students have studied or lived abroad, have formally studied the politics, history, or other aspect of a particular country or region, or have otherwise have gained insight into a foreign culture. As a part of the screening process, selected applicants will be sent a language proficiency test and an analytic writing test. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

Languages: The following languages, with relevant area knowledge, are among those sought: Arabic, Chinese/Mandarin, Dari, Estonian, Hebrew, Korean, Pashtu, Persian/Farsi, Portuguese and Spanish, Russian, Somali/Hausa, Swahili/Amharic, Thai, Turkish, Urdu/Hindi and Vietnamese.


To be considered 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.

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.

Posted: Apr 21, 2007 06:41 PM
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2016 01:27 PM