C.I.A. Intership Programs

C.I.A. Intership Programs

Undergraduate Internship Program

Interested in foreign affairs? Looking for a career where you can make a difference? We invite you to participate in our Undergraduate Internship Program. This unique program is designed to give promising undergraduate students, particularly minorities and people with disabilities, the opportunity to gain practical work experience that complements their academic studies.

You will be given the opportunity to work with highly-skilled professionals and see first-hand the role the CIA plays in supporting US officials who make our country’s foreign policy. We are interested in students majoring in engineering, computer science, mathematics, economics, physical sciences, foreign languages, area studies, business administration, accounting, international relations, finance, logistics, human resources, geography, national security studies, military and foreign affairs, political science and graphic design.

Interns are required to work either a combination of one semester and one summer internship, or two 90-day summer internships.


Student opportunities are highly competitive. You are expected to meet the same employment standards as permanent employees. Applicants must be US citizens and should have a strong academic record (3.0 GPA or better). Foreign language skills, previous international residency and military experience are pluses. Outstanding interpersonal skills, the ability to write clearly and accurately, and a strong interest in foreign affairs are necessary. As part of the hiring process, you must successfully complete medical and polygraph examinations as well as a background investigation.

Student positions offer salaries competitive with the private sector and the same benefits as permanent employees. Students in agency-sponsored programs are also eligible to apply for a one-time tuition assistance award for the last year of study if a job offer has been extended and a minimum GPA is maintained.

All student assignments are located in the Washington, D.C. area. The CIA cannot provide students with housing, however, services are provided that will assist you in identifying affordable, temporary and convenient accommodations.

Application Information

Students are eligible for the range of employee benefits including health and life insurance, retirement investment options, paid Federal holidays, annual and sick leave, and possible tuition assistance. The CIA will pay the cost of transportation between school and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

We encourage you to discuss CIA opportunities with your on-campus career advisor or internship/co-op program coordinator and to check your school’s schedule for recruiting events. To apply for participation in a student program, you must be at least a college sophomore.

Applications for Summer 2009 employment will be accepted until November 1, 2008. Applications for winter, spring, and fall employment should be sent six to nine months before the desired start date. Applications for the NCS Undergraduate Internship Program for Summer 2009 will be accepted through June 30, 2008 only. To apply online for a specific student position please visit Analytical, Clandestine Service, Science, Engineering & Technology, or Support Services pages.

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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