Cooperative Education Program

DIA's Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program provides a select number of talented undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in combination with their academic studies. This is an excellent opportunity for students seeking to serve their country to participate in the critical work of the Agency through an extended work period.

Co-ops are often selected from academic institutions with recognized Co-op programs, though not exclusively. You must be eligible to work a six-month period during your academic career. You will be considered a full-time, temporary employee during the six-month Co-op. You'll be provided with increasingly challenging assignments that are commensurate with your academic training and ability to assume additional responsibilities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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
    • intelligence studies
    • international relations
    • political science
    • geography
    • computer science
    • business administration
    • human resources
    • public administration
    • chemistry
    • physics
    • biology
    • microbiology
    • pharmacology
    • toxicology
    • engineering
  • Completion of a minimum of 60 undergraduate semester hours or its equivalent at time of employment.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at time of application.
  • U.S. citizenship of applicant and all immediate family members. Applicants with dual citizenship will not be eligible for employment with DIA. All DIA employees are subject counterintelligence-scope polygraph tests and drug tests.
  • The security clearance processing and drug screening test can not be conducted while you are overseas. Do not apply for the program if you are studying abroad within 6-9 months prior to the co-op.


As a Co-op, you will be appointed at the GG-05 through GG-09 depending upon number of credit hours completed and relevant work experience. During the six-month program, you are eligible for paid Federal holidays, annual and sick leave. However, you will not receive health benefits since this is a temporary appointment.

Application Process

Visit, click View Vacancy Announcements and Apply for DIA Jobs, and then click No when you are asked if you are a current DIA employee. Click the link to view job postings, place a check-mark next Cooperative Education Program. To apply for the program, click apply.

For additional information contact the Human Resources Operations Center at 202-231-4762.

Application Deadlines

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