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Undergraduate Internship/Co-op Program - Multidisciplinary Print Production Specialist

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At a Glance

  • Full time

  • Washington, DC metro area

  • Starting salary: $44,279

  • US citizenship required (dual national US citizens are eligible)

As a Multi-Disciplinary Print Production Specialist Undergraduate Intern for the CIA, you will work for Imaging & Publishing Support, the premier print production facility of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Intelligence Community (IC). You will have the opportunity to learn the occupational disciplines within the publication field. You will work alongside Subject Matter Experts to learn the basics of the publishing field that include Prepress, Press, Bindery, Large Format Print, and Digital Printing within a singular progressive skills and competency based system. At this level, Specialists typically perform a variety of entry level/apprentice responsibilities through a monthly rotation and all work is performed under close supervision. The occupation is highly diverse and the duties and responsibilities described below can vary depending upon assignment and the requirements of specific projects during your tour of duty.

Additional Summary:

  • Prepress: Learn the fundamentals of the FUJI XMF and Windows Operating Systems within the of the Prepress Network in order to facilitate the customers’ requirements into the print production system
  • Press: Assist in the operation of the large format computer controlled conventional offset printing press. Operations include paper stock handling, production make-ready, print color and quality control, press wash-up, and regular maintenance.
  • Bindery: Learn the basic operations of the paper cutter, folders, saddle-stitch machine, and other related equipment. Incumbents will also learn basic dissemination skills when handling classified materials.
  • Digital Print Technician: Learn the operation of large high speed digital production equipment to produce Intelligence Reports, Manuals, Maps, and other operational support publications. Incumbents will also learn basic digital binding techniques.  
  • Large Format Print: Learn to create large format Maps, Charts, and Mounted Posters while operating several large format production plotters in support of the operational mission.

Specialists will perform duties within a team environment. Some occupations requires physical exertion such as long periods of standing; recurring bending, crouching or stretching; and recurring lifting of moderately heavy equipment and materials. Some functions are performed within a noisy environment, with possible contact with unpleasant odors from chemicals, solvents, and cleaning solutions. The work is performed in shifts and overtime may be necessary, depending on workload and project requirements.

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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.

US citizenship required (dual-national US citizens eligible). All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC metro area.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Experience working within a copier/print production environment
  • Academic studies in graphic technology
Desired Qualifications:
  • A strong desire to learn new skills and a willingness to develop themselves across a wide variety specialized publishing operations
  • A basic knowledge of the computer operating systems and programs such as Windows, Adobe, and InDesign
  • Ability to read and interpret work orders and while taking directions from Subject Matter Experts
  • Ability to work independently as instructed after obtaining the proper training as production dictates
  • Ability to perform duties in a team environment while effectively communicating with other team members 
  • Ability to convey technical information through effective communication techniques both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and follows specific detailed instructions.

All applicants must successfully complete:
  • A thorough medical and psychological exam
  • A polygraph interview
  • A comprehensive background investigation

To be considered suitable 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.

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DO NOT submit multiple applications; this will only slow the review of your application and delay processing. Please read the Application Instructions carefully before you begin the online application process.

Important application instructions for this position:

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

  • Resume
  • A 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

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Posted: Feb 01, 2019 02:33 PM
Last Updated: Aug 19, 2019 08:39 AM

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