Undergraduate Internship Program- Accountant

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.


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.

As a Support Integration Officer (SIO) Undergraduate Intern for the CIA, you will have the opportunity to learn about the business side of intelligence. SIOs drive global interconnected support to mission through collaboration, creativity and expertise. You will have an opportunity to help resolve tactical support issues and apply or create new processes and procedures to fit office-specific business requirements.

The core job functions of Support Integration Officers include:

  • Implement proven business practices to streamline processes, take risks and maximize resources
  • Utilize proven programmatic approaches and seek creative ways to connect people and capabilities as one team to provide effective global support
  • Effectively communicate and negotiate with a variety of industrial and US government partners
  • Provide financial support across the Agency and Intelligence Community
  • Manage logistic processes by leveraging existing procedures and proposing alternative methods in anticipation of mission needs
  • Provide advice across a range of HR functional areas to include workforce planning, staffing and selection, compensation, benefits, policy and rewards and recognition
  • Serve as a security focal point, providing established guidance to office leadership on personnel incidents and protecting classified information
  • SIOs succeed in their work by providing innovative solutions and building cooperative alliances between mission partners to address increasingly rapid changes in organization priorities, resources, or work processes.
  • Strong SIO candidates will be versatile and organized leaders with exceptional customer service skills, knowledge of administrative disciplines, excellent communications skills, sound judgment and decision-making capabilities, and strong interpersonal skills.

Who You’ll Work With

At the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), we recognize our Nation’s strength comes from the diversity of its people. People from a broad range of backgrounds and viewpoints work at CIA, and our diverse teams are the reason we can keep our country safe.

What You’ll Get

Our benefits support every aspect of a working professional’s life, including health and wellness, time off, family, finances, and continuing education. Our programs include highly sought-after government health benefits, flexible schedules, sick leave, and childcare. In some cases, we also offer sign-on incentives and cover moving expenses if you relocate.

As a CIA employee, you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing your work is part of something bigger than yourself. Our work is driven by one mission: to keep our Nation safe. Every day is an opportunity to enhance U.S. national security. 

Minimum Qualifications

Full-time student pursuing an undergraduate degree in a 4-year academic institution with at least one semester/quarter completed at the time of application; business degree preferred. Please include your college/university information under the Education Section of the on-line application with your anticipated graduation date.

Full-time student pursuing an undergraduate degree in one of the following fields or related studies:

  • Business Administration
  • Business Management and Administration
  • Logistics and Supply Chain
  • Accounting
  • Operations Management
  • Hospitality
  • Marketing
  • Public Administration
  • Communications
  • International Studies
  • Retail
  • Customer Service
  • Contract management
  • Resource management
  • Performance Measurement
  • Process Improvement
  • Intelligence Operations
  • A valid driver’s license

GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale at the time of application and maintained throughout the application process and internship program. Please submit transcripts that document your full-time status along with GPA.

Availability to complete two 90-day summer internships (the first summer internship typically starts May or June 2022 and the second will start May or June 2023)

Attending school on a full-time basis before/following this internship

Due to processing requirements, we will not consider applicants who travel out of the US for more than three consecutive months between January 2021 – May 2022. Extended foreign travel is discouraged between January 2022 – May 2023 as well.

Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

  • Foreign language skills and/or overseas experience
  • Successful SIOs must demonstrate:
  • Impeccable integrity
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent analytic skills
  • Self-starter able to work with minimum of supervision in a fast paced environment
  • Sound judgement and decision-making capabilities
  • Interpersonal effectiveness and leadership skills

What You’ll Need to Apply

  • The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):
  • Resume
  • A cover letter (no more than two pages) describing yourself, telling us why you are interested in a career as an SIO, highlighting characteristics and experiences that distinguish you from other applicants
  • College transcripts showing 2020grades (copies of unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this stage of processing)

In a separate PDF attachment, address the following questions:

  • Why do you wish to work for the Directorate of Support SIO Internship program? (1 paragraph)
  • Describe one thing from your academic, military or professional background that has prepared you for success as a Support Integration Officer intern (1 paragraph)
  • Complete this thought: “I do my best work when…” (1 paragraph)
  • Describe a time when you did not succeed professionally or academically and what you learned from that experience (2 paragraphs)


  • Applicants who will be overseas during the late Spring/Summer 2021 are STRONGLY encouraged to submit their application by 31 January 2021.
  • Serious applicants are encouraged to complete their application well in advance of the midnight (EDT) 15 March 2021 deadline to allow for timely processing of competitive applicants.
Salary Range
$28,000.00 - 41,000.00
per Year
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