Summer Intern Bulletin

DIA's Summer Intern Program provides promising undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain practical work experience in the areas of analysis, research, report writing, oral briefings, policy development, program management, and computer applications related to the intelligence field. Interns are appointed for a 10-week period from June through August, as full-time, temporary employees. All interns must be granted a security clearance and successfully pass a drug screening test prior to being made a final offer.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Current enrollment in a baccalaureate or graduate degree program which is primarily focused on skills that are critical to DIA, such as: foreign area studies, legal, computer science, business administration, human resources, public administration, international relations, political science, chemistry, physics, biology, microbiology, pharmacology, toxicology, engineering, or intelligence analysis related courses.
  • Completion of 60 semester hours or its equivalent at the time of participation in the program.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at the time of application.
  • U.S. citizenship of applicant. All students conditionally accepted for internships and all DIA employees are subject to initial and a periodic counterintelligence (CI)-scope polygraph tests, and drug tests.
  • Please note that the security clearance processing and drug screening test can not be conducted while you are overseas. Do not apply for this program if you are studying or working abroad anytime 6-9 months prior to the summer during which you wish to work as an intern.

Application Procedures

  • List your top 3 desired work locations from the following: Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Quantico, VA; Reston, VA; Huntsville, AL; Charlottesville, VA; Tampa, FL; Omaha, NE; Colorado Springs, CO; Scott AFB, IL; Honolulu, HI; Miami, FL; Stuttgart, Germany; and, Molesworth, United Kingdom. (Majority of the summer intern positions will be in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area).
  • Discuss your interest in a particular functional area(s) such as, Geography; Foreign Area Studies; International Relations with a concentration in a specific geographic region; Political Science; Engineering (Aerospace, Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Information Systems, or Nuclear); Computer Science; Information Systems; Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, or Toxicology), or Business/Public Administration with a concentration in Human Resources, Accounting or Finance and Legal.
  • Attach an unofficial college transcript at the time of application. Finalists will be provided instructions for the submission of their official transcripts.


As in intern, you will be paid an hourly rate between GG5 and GG9 depending on the number of college credit hours that you have completed. Because this is a temporary appointment, you will not receive employee benefits. Please note that candidates selected for the Summer Intern Program are responsible for securing their own travel and lodging arrangements along with expenses incurred prior to and during their employment with DIA.

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; four Summer Intern Program Vacancy Announcements will be posted to accommodate the four DIA Mission Area: Collection, Mission Enablers, and Information Systems. Place a check-mark next to the desired "Summer Intern Program'" To apply for the program, click "apply".

Application Deadlines

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

DIA is an equal opportunity employer.

DIA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the point of contact listed above. The decision to grant reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis. Identification of reasonable accommodation needs should be made as early as possible so that necessary accommodations are available by the time of arrival.