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Undergraduate Internship/Co-op Program - Open Source Collection Officer

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $41,142 - $43,493 ($19.71 - $20.83 per hour)
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

Students serving as Open Source Collection Officer (OSCO) interns work side-by-side with other OSCOs on systematically collecting publicly available information in a given region or a subject area to meet customer needs. The information is known as Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) and includes traditional mass media, the internet, specialized journals, studies, conference proceedings, geospatial information, and more.

Students will have opportunities to work with OSCOs in developing strategies and plans for the collection of OSINT, including the tools and methodologies needed to accomplish the task.

  • Drive integrated information gathering on a strategic topic, regional, or cross-regional need.
  • Research and acquire publically available information in response to intelligence gaps.
  • Identify relevant sources for data collection.

Interns generally are required to work either a combination of one semester and one summer internship or two 90-day 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 preferably in Area, International, Media or Political Studies; Geography/GIS, foreign language/linguistics or a related field
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Critical thinking skills; research skills; strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work within an ambiguous, evolving digital environment as a member of a collaborative team
  • Availability to work two 90-day tours prior to graduation
  • Attending school on a full-time basis before/following this internship

Desired Qualifications:

  • Some foreign language skills

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 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.

To Apply:

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Application Instructions

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


Posted: Dec 20, 2016 12:54 PM
Last Updated: Jan 26, 2017 02:11 PM