How should I submit my resume and other required materials?
Applications will only be accepted through the online application process at http://diajobs.dia.mil. Your resume, unofficial transcript, and cover letter should be attached to your online application. Finalists will be provided with instructions on submitting an official transcript. Applications will not be considered without all required documents. Please be sure that you include your GPA on your submitted application.
Should I submit additional material such as recommendation letters or writing samples?
No, letters of recommendation and writing samples are not required with the application.
Once I have been notified that I am a finalist or alternate, what is the next step?
DIA will ask you to complete pre-employment forms which include the SF-86 background questionnaire for a security clearance. When you return the pre-employment forms, we will request our vendor to schedule a drug screening test.
* You will not receive a final official offer letter until all required documentation has been received and a security clearance is approved *
How long will it take to get a security clearance?
It varies depending on your personal background and the volume of clearances being processed. In general, if you have significant foreign travel and/or foreign relatives or contacts, the clearance can be rather lengthy – up to 6 months or more to receive a full clearance. Individuals with limited or no overseas travel, who have not moved around much and who have no foreign relatives or contacts can usually receive a determination within 3 months. Students must be fully cleared before being able to begin work.
I have dual citizenship with another country. What are my chances of getting a security clearance?
Individuals with dual citizenship can be granted clearances.
I plan to study abroad for all or part of the academic year. Is that a problem?
Yes. While the experience of living abroad is of value to DIA, it is impossible to complete the security background investigation and the necessary drug screening test when someone is overseas.
What type of work will I do?
Intern assignments are based on entry-level professional job descriptions and will involve a great deal of independent work under the guidance of a senior level supervisor and mentor. For example, duties for intelligence analyst intern positions may involve research and drafting reports. Assignments are not clerical in nature. Particular occupational areas may include crisis management, counterintelligence, military economics, homeland security, imagery, information warfare, and arms control/proliferation.
Can I earn academic credit for my internship?
Depending on your school's requirements, academic credit may be earned. DIA will work with your institution to provide any necessary evaluation, etc. Any written product provided to your institution must be cleared by your unit's security officer.