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A Career with the CIA
On the very popular TV series Alias, Jennifer Garner plays a CIA operative, Sidney Bristow. If you watched Episode One, Season One, you learned that Bristow was a graduate student who became a double agent for the CIA. But in the real world of the CIA, you wouldn’t receive permanent employment until you finished college.
Students working at the CIA must meet the following requirements:
You should apply to one of the programs at least 6 months before you wish to work. If accepted, you will relocate to Washington DC.
Undergraduate Student Internship Program
During the student internship program, expect to work either one six- month or two three- months sessions. You may apply to the Directorate of Operations Professional Trainee (PT) program and after that if you qualify, you may apply to the Clandestine Service Trainee (CST) program. You will not be awarded college credit for the internship.
Student Scholarship Program
The scholarship program is for high school seniors and college sophomores who are willing to work each summer during each year they are in college. After college, they must work for the CIA for a period 1.5 times the length of their college sponsorship. Transportation and housing allowances will be provided since students will need to relocate to Washington DC. Minorities and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Scholarship recipients must meet the following requirements:
18 years of age
KATHY — Ops Officer
"I heard about the Agency during a College Career Fair. Although many other positions sounded intriguing, I was drawn to the idea of living overseas and serving as a collector of intelligence. After receiving extensive training, the Agency put their complete trust in me to travel and recruit foreign agents who provide information, carrying out this entire process in a clandestine manner. Dealing with people, operating with so much independence, and relying on my own street smarts and training to make critical decisions is the ultimate challenge. Every week is different - it can be slow one minute and breakneck speed the next. I've done some thrilling operations that mirror what is seen in the movies, and I feel tremendous pride that I, an average all-American female from an average American family, am the one doing it."
CIA Career Areas
The CIA has career opportunities in the following areas:
Auto and Trucks
Business and Finance
Computers and Internet
Food and Drink
Gadgets and Gizmos
Kids and Teens
Music and Movies
Pets and Animals
Politics and Government
Recreation and Sports
Religion and Faith
Travel and Leisure