DIA offers valuable work experience for college students at every education level. With a variety of programs, internships and entry-level career options, DIA seeks the best and brightest students and recent graduates to bring their knowledge and skills to our diverse workforce.
DIA's student internship programs provide high-achieving university and college students from accredited institutions throughout the U.S. 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.
Below is a list of events the Defense Intelligence Agency Recruitment Team is scheduled to attend. For more information on each event, please reach out to the university or organization hosting the event.
There are no recruiting events scheduled at this time. Please check again for updated event information.
For more information, please contact the Recruitment Team.
The Summer Internship Program (SIP) 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 (IC), 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 the Combatant Commands to identify interns to support their missions.
To be eligible for a summer internship at DIA, candidates must be:
The Academic Semester Internship (ASIP) 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 as part-time temporary employees (working between 16-20 hours per week).
To be eligible for an ASIP assignment, candidates must be:
The 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.
Interns must be eligible to work a continuous, six-month period as a full-time, temporary employee during the six-month CO-OP.
The Louis Stokes Educational Scholarship (STOKES) 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 (GPA) of and 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.
Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
All DIA employees are subject to initial and periodic counterintelligence (CI)-scope polygraph tests and drug tests.
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) 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 (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD) Office of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity (ODMEO).
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:
Click here for more information about the Workforce Recruitment Program.
The Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation Program (SMART) 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 (STEM) 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:
Click here for more information about the DoD SMART Program.
Congress established the National Security Education Program (NSEP) through the David L. Boren National Security Act of 1991 to provide a broader and more qualified pool of US 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 1-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:
Click here for more information about the NSEP.
The Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence create an increased pool of culturally and ethnically diverse, multi-disciplinary job applicants for the Intelligence Community.
Students have the opportunity to receive specialized education, internships, and other opportunities within the IC by participating in their school's IC CAE program.
The program provides grants to competitively selected, accredited U.S. four-year colleges and universities to support intelligence-related curricula. DIA manages the program's operations, but all members of the IC participate in the program's quarterly advisory board. Colleges and universities interested in participating the program should check out the links below.
The IC CAE program helps the IC build long-term partnerships with accredited universities nationwide and work with them to develop sustainable national security and intelligence education programs. These programs increase the pool of diverse job applicants who also possess highly desired skills and competencies in areas of critical need within the IC.
Key components of the program are critical language development and cultural immersion through study abroad initiatives and foreign language immersion. The programs ensures STEM disciplines are implemented into each school's intelligence-related curricula. The program also provides added skills to student's primary area of study, enables students access to recruitment opportunities, and students who participate in the program are more competitive for intelligence internships and employment.
Why should a college or university apply to be an IC CAE?
Because this grant program provides not only funding to support an intelligence education program at the institution, but also provides needed contacts and expertise to help develop such a program.
How does a university or college apply to become an IC Center for Academic Excellence?
Applications are submitted through grants.gov, responding to a Broad Agency Announcement submitted by the IC CAE Program Office. These announcements occur every few years and have been available in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2014.
What are the criteria for applying to be an IC Center for Academic Excellence?
The 2014 criteria included:
Can an individual student or faculty receive grant money through this program?
No, only schools.
Is this a scholarship program?
No. There are other scholarship programs offered by the intelligence community and the DoD. See scholarships and internships above.
Is the IC CAE program open to schools outside the U.S.?
What are the benefits to my school of becoming an IC CAE?
IC CAE schools receive funding in support of curriculum development, faculty professional development, faculty research, student study abroad, and colloquia. The funds also support student programs and student participation in intelligence-related conferences and seminars, as well as provide for the delivery of on-site intelligence-related workshops, simulations and practical exercises for students and faculty.
How would my school's students benefit from participating in an IC CAE program?
IC CAE students receive specialized education and experiences which increase their marketability and hire-ability into the Intelligence Community. They are also eligible to receive stipends to attend IC-related workshops, colloquia, conferences, and participation in the IC CAE Program's Summer Seminars. Additionally, they have opportunities to collaboratively engage with other IC CAE students from around the country, and have opportunities for internships and co-op programs within the IC. High-performing IC CAE students are eligible for induction into the voluntary IC CAE Distinguished Student Program, which provides access to select IC programs, conferences, and other exclusive opportunities.
How would my school's faculty benefit from participating in an IC CAE program?
IC CAE faculty are afforded opportunities to participate in IC CAE program conferences and professional development initiatives, as well as to expand their professional network through interaction with IC CAE faculty from around the cou ntry.
In what ways would the IC CAE Program Office provide support to my school's CAE program?
The IC CAE Program Office provides each school's IC CAE program with collaborative support and communication to support the achievement of program goals. The IC CAE Program Office's support to IC CAE schools includes, but is not limited to:
In what ways would the IC CAE Program Office provide support to my school's IC CAE students?
The IC CAE Program Office funds and deploys Mobile Training Teams to IC CAE universities in support of IC CAE students' experiential IC-related learning and also funds IC CAE student participation in its Summer Seminars. The IC CAE Program Office also encourages and engages conversation with and among IC CAE students on its password-protected website, in addition to communicating student opportunities and supporting the IC CAE SAB in its oversight of the IC CAE Distinguished Student Program, which provides high-performing IC CAE students with access to select IC programs, conferences, and other exclusive opportunities.
What US Intelligence Agencies would my school's IC CAE program interact with?
The IC CAE Program is for the benefit of all US intelligence agencies and thus it interacts with all agencies. The larger agencies – the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, National Geo-spatial Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security – play key roles in the Senior Advisory Board and in events sponsored by the Program Office. Other agencies, including the Director of National Intelligence, Department of State, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Air Force, the Navy, the Army, the Marine Corps, the Department of Energy, the Department of the Treasury, the National Intelligence University, the Combatant Commands, and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, have also been active on the Advisory Board. At this time, the National Reconnaissance Agency and the Coast Guard are not participating on the Board.
Would my school's participating IC CAE students have recruitment opportunities from IC Agencies?
Yes. Schools may invite recruiters to attend events on campus or students may participate in conferences and seminars at which recruitment events are held.
How are particularly high-performing, exemplary IC CAE students recognized and rewarded?
The Senior Advisory Board has created a Distinguished Students Program for those students. They receive certificates, pins and are invited to attend or participate in advanced programs and exclusive opportunities not afforded to other IC CAE students.
Will my school have access to Subject Matter Experts, colloquia speakers/presenters, and key representatives from the IC and the IC Agencies who can participate in and support IC CAE events?
Yes, the IC CAE Program Office facilitates each IC CAE school's communication with and connection to IC and IC Agency representatives and POCs in support of IC CAE events.
Will my school's IC CAE program faculty have opportunities to engage and network with their peers from other schools' IC CAE programs?
Yes, through participation in the IC CAE annual meetings, faculty development workshops, colloquium and other program-related events.
What are some of the required Program Components of currently-existing IC CAE university programs?
The required program components of schools which were awarded grant money under the FY11 BAA called for those schools to:
Are there regularly-held conferences, meetings, or other events in which the IC CAE schools will be able or required to participate?
The program office hosts an annual conference for the IC CAE schools which includes speakers from both the schools and IC agencies, on topics of common interest. Schools are also made aware of other professional conferences and encouraged to attend as part of their professional development.
Is a student guaranteed government employment upon degree completion at a CAE school?
How will the government use any personal or institutional information provided?
Information on student names is not maintained by the government. Information regarding events and numbers of attendees are kept in a secure database.
Will the IC provide a staff member to work on my campus if we are awarded a grant?
If given an award, can my school pick and choose which program components to implement?
No, all program components the school proposes must be implemented unless a grant modification (scope) has been requested and granted.
Five-year IC CAE grants are obtained through a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) process, which occurs every 3-4 years. Qualifying proposals are reviewed by a team of senior Intelligence Community practitioners that evaluate the proposals for their ability to deliver the required program components and their support of IC CAE program goals. Grants are awarded to the selected schools prior to September 30th of the FOA grant selection year.
For more information, contact the IC CAE Program Office at ~NEDIAC_IC_CAE@dodiis.mil.
DIA offers internships in the following geographical locations:
Applications will only be accepted through the online application process here. 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 to include your GPA on your submitted application. Letters of recommendation and writing samples are not required with the application.
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 *
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.
Individuals with dual citizenship can be granted clearances.
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.
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.
Depending on your school's requirements, academinc credit may be earned. DIA will work with your institution to provide any necessary evaluation. Any written product provided to your institution must be cleared by your security officer.