Undergraduate Internship/Co-op Program-Physical and Technical Security Officer

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.

Deadlines

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 Physical and Technical Security Officer Intern for CIA, you will be part of a team that secures CIA facilities in unique and exciting environments around the world. You will help protect the CIA from terrorism and hostile foreign services by analyzing risks, securely constructing facilities, renovating facilities, accrediting secure work environments, and engineering, installing, integrating, and maintaining specialized security systems. Your efforts, either as part of a team project or even completing independent research, will serve as the basis for the secure environment required at our facilities worldwide.

Regular domestic and overseas travel is required for full-time staff employees and interns may be afforded the opportunity to participate in a trip dependent on performance, aptitude, schedule, and budget restrictions.

The Undergraduate Internship/Co-op Program allows you and the Agency to assess opportunities for permanent employment following your completion of undergraduate school.

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

The CIA offers various benefits to students, including:

  • Paid time off
  • Federal health and life insurance
  • Retirement
  • Education and training
  • Health services
  • Child care center
  • Credit union

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 (associate or bachelor’s) in one of the following fields or related studies:

  • Electronics
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation
  • Desired Qualifications
  • Installation, maintenance, and/or administration of IT systems
  • Programming (C, C++, Internet, Windows applications development, interrupt processing/service routines, device drivers, RS-232 communication applications, Python, scripting, CISCO, Linux/Unix, Networking)
  • Locksmith
  • Voice/data communications (satellite, RF, wireless and telecommunications networks)
  • Anti-terrorism Force Protection
  • Installing and/or integrating security equipment to include:
  • Intrusion detection systems
  • Access control systems
  • CCTV systems
  • Vehicle barriers
  • High-security locking hardware
  • Mechanical or Electrical Engineering experience

What You’ll Need to Apply

  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees
  • A cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for this position. Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants.
Posted
10/04/2021
Type
Internship
Location
Cincinnati, OH, US
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