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DIA Internship Programs

Academic Semester Internship Program

Academic Semester interns can be appointed for one semester from August- December. Students are employed as part-time temporary employees (working a maximum of 29 hours per week). Eligibility requirements are the same, regardless of pay status. All interns must be granted a security clearance and successfully pass a drug screening test prior to being made a final offer. Academic Semester interns are only compensated for time work.

Eligibility Requirement

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at universities and colleges located near a DIA facility or Combatant Command.

  • Completion of 60 semester hours or its equivalent at the time of employment.

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at the time of application.

  • Security clearances may be granted to holders of dual citizenship. All students conditionally accepted for internships and all DIA employees are subject to initial and periodic counterintelligence (CI)-scope polygraph tests, and drug tests.

  • Please note that the security clearance processing and drug screening test cannot be conducted while the applicant is overseas.

  • Current enrollment in a baccalaureate or graduate degree program which is primarily focused on skills that are deemed critical to DIA such as:

    • Foreign area studies

    • Computer science

    • Business administration

    • Human resources

    • Public administration

    • International relations

    • Legal

    • Political Science

    • Chemistry

    • Physics

    • Biology

    • Microbiology

    • Pharmacology

    • Toxicology

    • Engineering

    • Intelligence analysis


Application Procedures

Attach an unofficial copy of your transcript to the online application. Finalists will be provided with instructions on submitting an official transcript. Please ensure to identify the following information:

  • Identify a functional area of interest.

  • Indicate your geographic preference for work assignment.

  • Indicate how you learned about the Academic Semester Internship Program.

  • Be sure to provide a permanent address, email address, and daytime telephone number along with college information.

  • Include your GPA when submitting your application.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Applications will only be accepted online at https://diajob.dia.mil. Click on "View Vacancy Announcements & Apply for DIA jobs" then click "no" when it asks if you are a current DIA employee.

  • Click on the link to view job postings, then place a check next to "Academic Semester Intern Program." Click Apply. Please submit only the information requested.


  • Interns are paid an annual salary (within GG-05 to GG-09) depending on the number of credit hours completed on a bi-weekly basis.

  • Participation in the Mass Transit Transportation Program.

  • Participation in the Civilian Fitness Program.

  • Eligible for Foreign Language Proficiency Pay.

For additional information contact the Human Resources Operations Center at 202-231-4762. For additional information about DIA, please visit our world wide website at http://www.dia.mil.

DIA is an equal opportunity employer. All candidates will be considered without regard to non-merit factors, such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, handicap, or sexual orientation. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous service may apply.