Central Intelligence Agency


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Can a college student protect our nation?

When you’re a part of the CIA, you can.

CIA has undergraduate-and graduate-level paid student internships, co-operative education programs, and scholarship opportunities available year-round. While participating in a CIA student program, you will make impactful contributions and gain unmatched experience in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.

Whether you are studying accounting, chemistry, economics, engineering, information technology, or political science (just to name a few), CIA needs talented and intelligent students like you to continue the work that keeps our nation safe. Students will have the opportunity to work alongside experts in their respective field of study and gain real-world experience within the Intelligence Community.

CIA is seeking motivated students with a sense of service and adventure to join our mission through a rewarding and challenging internship experience. 


In addition to traditional internship programs, CIA offers financial needs-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled full-time into an accredited undergraduate or graduate program. Some program perks include:

  • A scholarship of up to $18,000 per year (or $25,000 per year for STEM students) for tuition, fees, and books
  • Competitive year-round salary
  • Financial assistance for housing and meals while completing a work tour in the Washington, DC area
  • Reimbursement for transportation costs between school and Washington, DC
  • Guaranteed employment with CIA after successfully receiving your degree, fulfilling program requirements, and completing security processing

On CIA’s website, you can learn more about:

  • The various student programs available at CIA
  • The hiring process and requirements
  • CIA’s Mission and Vision