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DIA's student internship programs provide high-achieving university and college students from accredited institutions throughout the United States with the opportunity to use their degrees in real world settings while continuing their education, thereby better preparing them for careers upon graduation.

DIA provides military intelligence to warfighters, defense policymakers and force planners in the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community in support of U.S. military planning, operations and acquisition. We plan, manage and execute intelligence operations during peacetime, crisis and war.

DIA-Sponsored programs

Summer Internship Program

Provides promising undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain practical, on-the-job experience working side-by-side with intelligence, technology, human resources and other professionals in their field of study while providing support to DIA’s mission. While at DIA, interns gain insight into a career in the Intelligence Community, what it takes to support the warfighter, and how to become a permanent employee at DIA. Interns work 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 receiving a final offer. The majority of summer intern positions will be in the Washington, D.C., area, although the Student Internship Branch does work with combatant commands to identify interns to support their missions.
 

To be eligible for a SIP assignment, candidates must be:

• Currently enrolled in a full–time 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, data science, math, statistics or intelligence analysis-related courses.

• Have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours or its equivalent, and possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at the time of application.

• A U.S. citizen.

All DIA employees are subject to initial and periodic counterintelligence-scope polygraph tests and drug tests.

Academic Semester Internship

Provides promising undergraduate and graduate students enrolled as full-time degree-seeking students at U.S. accredited universities and colleges located within commutable distances to DIA locations, the opportunity to gain practical work experience in intelligence analysis while enrolled in classes. The Agency offers a limited number of paid academic semester internships. Interns work for one semester with the possibility for extension into the following semester. ASIP interns work between 16-20 hours per week as part-time, temporary employees.
 

To be eligible for an ASIP assignment, candidates must:

• Be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university near/in the following localities only: Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, MD; Quantico, VA; Reston, VA; Charlottesville, VA; Huntsville, AL; Omaha, NE; Scott Air Force Base, IL; Honolulu, HI; Colorado Springs, CO; Tampa, FL; and Miami, FL metropolitan areas.

• Be currently enrolled in a full–time 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.

• Have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours or its equivalent, and possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at the time of application.

• Be a U.S. citizen.

All DIA employees are subject to initial and periodic counterintelligence-scope polygraph tests and drug tests.

Cooperative Education 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.
 

To be eligible for a CO-OP assignment, candidates must:

• Be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university near/in the following localities only: Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, MD; Quantico, VA; Reston, VA; Charlottesville, VA; Huntsville, AL; Omaha, NE; Scott Air Force Base, IL; Honolulu, HI; Colorado Springs, CO; Tampa, FL; and Miami, FL metropolitan areas.

• Be currently enrolled in a full–time 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.

• Have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours or its equivalent, and possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at the time of application.

• Be a U.S. citizen.

All DIA employees are subject to initial and periodic counterintelligence-scope polygraph tests and drug tests.

Louis Stokes Educational Scholarship

Program is for a small number of high-achieving high school seniors and college freshman and sophomores interested in a career in public service. STOKES is a needs-based program offering tuition assistance to students enrolled at accredited colleges or universities, while also providing challenging summer work and guaranteed employment in their field of study upon graduation. Students attend classes full-time during the academic year, and work at DIA during the summer in positions related to their course of study. While in the program, students must maintain an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
 

To be eligible for a STOKES assignment, candidates must:

• Be enrolled or seeking enrollment in a baccalaureate degree program.

• For high school applicants, possess a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale AND a minimum score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative section and 500 on the writing portions of the SAT. In lieu of SAT scores, applicants may apply with a minimum composite score of 21 on the ACT.

• For college applicants, possess a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.

• Demonstrate a financial need: household income ceiling of $70,000 for a family of four and $80,000 for a family of five or more.

• Be a U.S. citizen.

All DIA employees are subject to initial and periodic counterintelligence-scope polygraph tests and drug tests.

DoD-Sponsored programs

Workforce Recruitment Program

The Workforce Recruitment Program is an internship program that connects Federal sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities eager to apply their knowledge, skills and abilities in the workplace through summer internships.

The WRP is sponsored and managed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity.

Once selected for the program, students connect with an employee mentor. Mentors assist disabled students selected for employment under the WRP with interviewing techniques, goal setting, the Federal application process, and other workplace challenges. Students are eligible to work full-time for up to 14 weeks or part-time for up to 28 weeks.
 

To be eligible for a WRP assignment, candidates must:

• Be currently enrolled in a full–time 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.

• Have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours or its equivalent, and possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at the time of application.

• Have proof of a disability in order to participate in this program.

• Be a U.S. citizen.

All DIA employees are subject to initial and periodic counterintelligence-scope polygraph tests and drug tests.

Click here for more information about the Workforce Recruitment Program.

Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation Program

Provides students, including current DoD employees seeking advanced degrees, with a full-time paid summer internship. Participants must be pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematical fields of study. Benefits include full tuition and fees, stipend and guaranteed employment upon graduation.

 

To be eligible for a SMART assignment, candidates must:

• Be pursuing degrees in one of 19 approved science, technology, engineering and mathematical fields of study.

• Have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours or its equivalent, and possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at the time of application.

• Be a U.S. citizen.

All DIA employees are subject to initial and periodic counterintelligence-scope polygraph tests and drug tests.

Click here for more information about the DoD SMART Program.

National Security Education Program was established through the David L. Boren National Security Act of 1991 to provide a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international exposure to work in national security positions.

NSEP is a scholarship program that promotes language skills, cultural awareness and understanding of national security issues.

In collaboration with the National Security Education Program Office, DIA has established a one-year, full-time internship program designed to provide a small select number of recent college graduates the opportunity to apply their knowledge and gain practical work experience.

 

To be eligible for an NSEP assignment, candidates must:

• Be a recipient of a grant or scholarship under the David L. Boren National Security Education Program.

• Have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours or its equivalent, and possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at the time of application.

• Be a U.S. citizen.

All DIA employees are subject to initial and periodic counterintelligence-scope polygraph tests and drug tests.

Click here for more information about the NSEP Program.