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CIA Offers Student Programs

The CIA offers employment for students throughout the year, not just during the summer. Applications for winter, spring, and fall should be submitted at least 9-12 months before the desired start date.

The Objective
Students in these programs will learn from skilled professionals who support the US officials who make our country's foreign policy. Students will assist with work assignments, while earning a competitive income and gaining practical experience.

Requirements
Students 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). Students must successfully complete medical and polygraph examinations as well as background investigations.

Student positions offer salaries competitive with the private sector and the same benefits as for 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. Although the CIA cannot provide students with housing, it can provide services to assist in identifying affordable, temporary and convenient accommodations.

Student Opportunities
Undergraduate Co-op Program
The CIA’s cooperative education program is for students in a range of undergraduate programs, including 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.

Students work on an alternating semester or quarterly basis and should expect to spend 3+ semesters or 4 quarters on the job.

Undergraduate Internship Program
This program is for 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 or graphic design. Many students work a minimum of two work tours (student work tour length is generally 90 days; however, the actual length of the work tour is agreed upon between the office and the student).

Students may view and apply for undergraduate internship opportunities and undergraduate co-op opportunities on-line.

Graduate Studies Program
The Graduate Studies Program accepts graduate students who are majoring in economics, engineering, computer science, political science, international affairs, foreign languages, area studies, geography, cartography, and physical sciences; other majors may be accepted. Students should be entering their first or second year of graduate studies in an accredited college or university

Interested students may view and apply for graduate student opportunities at the following:

CIA Graduate Students

Application Information and Deadlines
Students should discuss CIA opportunities with their on-campus career advisors or internship/co-op program coordinators and check their school's schedules for recruiting events. To be eligible for participation in a student program, students must be at least a college sophomore.

Applications for winter, spring, and fall employment should be should be submitted at least 9 - 12 months before the desired start date.

To apply online for a specific student position visit:
CIA Student Opportunities  •