FAQs

We receive many e-mails and letters regarding employment and student programs. We have listed below a sample of the most frequently asked questions and their answers. Please review them before submitting a question.

1. I am a student considering a future career at the CIA. What courses should I take, or what major should I choose?
CIA employees represent a wide variety of disciplines from an even broader mix of academic backgrounds and experience. Therefore, we don't recommend one academic track over another in general. Our best advice to you is to do your very best and strive for good grades.

2. What student programs does the CIA offer?
The CIA offers several programs for students considering a career in the intelligence field. Review our programs and how to apply on our Student Opportunities page* on the full site.

3. I am in the military. Can I transfer to the CIA to fulfill my obligation?
No. You must fulfill your obligation to the Armed Services.

4. Do I need to be a US citizen to work for the Central Intelligence Agency?
Yes, you must be a citizen of the United States when you apply to work for the Central Intelligence Agency.

5. If I don't have a degree, will experience count?
Having an undergraduate degree is not mandatory, but is highly recommended. Life experiences are taken into consideration. However, a standard requirement for overseas officers, intelligence analysts, and other non-clerical positions is a college degree, preferably an advanced degree.

6. Is the CIA an Equal Opportunity Employer?
The Agency does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or sexual orientation in hiring or in granting, denying, or revoking security clearances.

 

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