- Communication Skills
- Data Collection
As an Open Source Collection Officer Undergraduate Intern for the CIA, you will work side-by-side with other Open Source Collection Officers 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.
You will have opportunities to work with professional Open Source Collection Officers in developing strategies and plans for the collection of OSINT, including the tools and methodologies needed to accomplish the task. You will:
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.
The Undergraduate Internship/Co-op Program allows you and the Agency to assess opportunities for permanent employment following your completion of undergraduate school.
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.
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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.
US citizenship required (dual-national US citizens eligible). All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC metro area.
Full-time student pursuing an undergraduate degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale
Availability to work two 90-day tours prior to graduation
Attending school on a full-time basis before/following this internship
Critical thinking skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work within an ambiguous, evolving digital environment as a member of a collaborative team
Some foreign language skills
All applicants must successfully complete:
A thorough medical and psychological exam
A polygraph interview
A comprehensive background investigation
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.