Undergraduate Internship/Co-op Program- Graphic Designer

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 Graphic Designer Undergraduate Intern for CIA, you will work for Imaging & Publishing Support (IPS), within the Office of Enterprise Support (OES), as the Intelligence Community Publisher, providing both traditional and digital printing, online publishing, multimedia support, photographic support, digital archiving, design support, and copier management services to CIA, the Intelligence Community (IC), and other federal government agencies. IPS provides a vital service to the Intelligence Community and national policymakers by publishing the Studies in Intelligence, CIA’s Agency Financial Report, the IC’s Congressional Budget Justification Books, and time-critical, mission-relevant finished intelligence. You will work in IPS to produce a variety of products for clients across CIA and the Intelligence Community. Leveraging strong conceptualization, critical thinking, product development, and communication skills, you will engage in organizational identity development, exhibit and display design, information graphics, promotional and presentation design, and publication design. In a highly collaborative environment, with professionals in a variety of other media disciplines, designers are challenged to produce the most effective product to communicate the client message.

Interns with IPS will interact with clients, collaborate with peers, become familiar with a business-like environment where you will negotiate budgets and deadlines, and work in an intelligence organization supporting an amazing mission. You will engage in a variety of developmental experiences and assess the Agency as an employer of choice while also being assessed for potential employment following graduation.

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.

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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

  • At least one semester of academic studies in fine arts/graphic design/digital imaging courses
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

  • Participation in certified graphic design degree program at a 4-year college or university
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Demonstrate knowledge of graphic design principles
  • Strong conceptualization skills to develop unique and effective solutions
  • Strong communications skills, both in writing and interpersonally
  • In depth knowledge of Adobe creative software (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc.)
  • Understanding and/or experience in multiple forms of product output, including print
  • Previous experience as a service provider or in a customer service environment

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.
  • Please provide portfolio examples in either hard copy or online portfolio with provided web address.
El Paso, TX, US
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