Careers

Student Programs

Our student (internship and co-operative education) programs offer highly unique and rewarding student experiences as you help keep our Nation safe. Work alongside experts in your field of study as you gain real-world experience within the Intelligence Community.

Student Opportunities Overview

Scholarship Programs

We offer financial needs-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to a year-round salary, scholarship recipients will get up to $25,000 in tuition assistance per calendar year. All recipients must be either entering or attending an accredited university.

Requirements

  • Undergraduate students must work at least one, and preferably two, 90-day session(s) at CIA before graduating
  • Graduate students must work at least one 90-day tour at CIA before graduating
  • After graduation, all scholarship recipients must work at CIA for a period of 1.5 years per year of paid scholarship received

Deadlines

Students have to go through our medical and security process. Interested in our scholarship programs? We accept applications from March 1 – June 18 for the summer of the following year.

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Undergraduate Programs

Our year-round internship programs allow undergraduate students to work in several areas before they graduate. These paid opportunities span a range of studies, including, but not limited to:

  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Foreign language
  • Engineering
  • Information technology

Schools with co-operative programs typically have specific requirements to receive co-op credit. So, we designed our co-op program at the CIA to help students meet those requirements. As part of our program, students work on an alternating semester basis for at least three semesters before they graduate. This can include a summer work session as well. Since our Agency does not work with an established list of co-op programs, students will need to work with their schools to receive academic credit.

Deadlines

Students have to go through our medical and security process. Interested in our internship or co-op programs? For most of these opportunities, please apply at least 12 months before your desired start date. If you are applying for the Directorate of Operations Internship or our scholarship programs, you will need to submit your application during the timetable listed on the program’s page.

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Graduate Programs

Our Graduate Studies Program is available to full-time students in accredited graduate or doctoral programs. As part of our program, students complete at least one 90-day tour before graduating. This program is an exciting opportunity for graduate students to gain real-world work experience. It is also an excellent opportunity for graduates to transition from academic life to a career in national service.

Deadlines

Students have to go through our medical and security process. Interested in our Graduate Studies Program? Please apply at least 12 months before your desired start date.

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Qualifications and Hiring Process

Due to the nature of our work, all applicants must meet specific criteria to qualify for employment. If eligible, you will go through our hiring process, including medical and security evaluations. Learn more about how we hire before you apply.

Benefits

If accepted to an internship or co-op program, you will be eligible for CIA employee benefits. These include health insurance, paid time off, and more.

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