Undergraduate Internship/Co-op Program- Multi-Discipline 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.


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 Multi-Discipline Security Officer (MDSO) Intern for CIA, you will work side-by-side with other MDSOs in the collection and analysis of information regarding risks to CIA personnel, facilities, information, and operations. MDSOs recommend and carry out actions to protect CIA and the United States from individuals and organizations that would do us harm. As an Undergraduate Intern, you are expected to develop, display, and hone analytic and communication skills during your exposure to various security disciplines in order to protect and facilitate the business of intelligence.

You will have the opportunity to assist Multi-Disciplined Security Officers as they do the following work to support Agency customers:

Utilize basic elicitation skills and interview techniques to conduct interviews with subjects, references, and informants on common investigative and security issues

Analyze information collected by a variety of investigative tools, in particular, the background investigation and polygraph examination

Provide support to a workforce of adjudicators, investigators, polygraph examiners, analysts, and security technicians

Serve as a focal point for office-wide corporate and management information tracking metrics, resource allocation, process improvement efforts, and a multitude of regulatory compliance issue.

Conduct event-driven and time-critical special investigations, unauthorized disclosures investigations, and computer security investigations.

The MDSO career can also involve the collection, analysis, and reporting of security or counterintelligence related information, resource management, policy, and liaison with other Intelligence Community and U.S. Government partners. Both classroom and on-the-job training is provided, most of which is in the Washington, DC area.

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

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

  • Business or Business Information Systems
  • Computer Science or Computer Security
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • Journalism
  • Liberal Arts
  • Management
  • Psychology
  • Availability to work either a combination of one semester and one summer internship or two 90-day summer internships
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Attending school on a full-time basis before/following this internship
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong commitment to continuous learning
  • High levels of trustworthiness, integrity, and loyalty to the U.S. Government
  • Ability to follow directions and work in a team environment
  • Ability to undergo successful occupational testing to include an aptitude test, writing test, personality inventory, and interview
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

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.
  • Writing sample, three (3) pages MAXIMUM, single spaced, that focuses on your current area of expertise or interests and is related to your interest in positions at CIA.
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