CIA Student Opportunities

The Central Intelligence Agency offers several highly-competitive college programs for students who would like to have a career with the CIA.

The best place to find detailed information and application instructions is the CIA website, but here’s an overview.

Undergraduate Scholarship Program: For high school seniors planning to attend a four-year college or college sophomore currently enrolled in a four-year program. This program was designed for economically disadvantaged students, and it offers an annual salary with real-world work experience in the summers.

Undergraduate Co-Op Program: Undergraduate Co-Ops spend three semesters working directly for CIA. During that time, students get a unique opportunity to work with intelligence professionals and lay the groundwork for their future career network. They get real-world work experience, and they have the opportunity to show off their potential as a future full-time hire. CIA accepts candidates in a range of fields, from engineering and computer science to foreign relations and languages.

Undergraduate Internship: This government internship is similar to the Co-Op, but with a two-semester (or one-semester, one-summer) work commitment.

Graduate Studies Program: Is targeted toward students studying international affairs, languages, economics, geography, cartography, physical sciences and engineering.


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