OPEN TO MANY MAJORS including, CMSC, IS, MLL, POLI, Public Policy, Chemistry, etc...
DEADLINE TO APPLY for Fall: March 31st
The Defense Intelligence Agency is a Department of Defense combat support agency and important member of the United States Intelligence Community. With over 16,500 military and civilian employees worldwide, DIA is a major producer and manager of foreign military intelligence. We provide military intelligence to war-fighters, defense policymakers, and force planners in the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community, in support of U.S. military planning and operations and weapon systems acquisition.
DIA’s Academic Semester Internship Program provides promising undergraduate seniors and graduate students enrolled as full-time degree-seeking students at 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 can be appointed for two semesters (depending on the university calendar) normally beginning in September. Students may be extended for a second semester, and are employed as part-time temporary employees (working between 16 and 20 hours per week).
Eligibility requirements are the same, regardless of pay status. All interns must be granted a security clearance and successfully pass a drug screening test prior to being made a final offer.
• Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at universities and colleges located near/in the following localities only: Washington, D.C., Huntsville, AL, Tampa, FL, Miami, FL, Charlottesville, VA, Omaha, NE, Scott Air Force Base, IL, and Colorado Springs, CO.
• Current enrollment in a baccalaureate or graduate degree program which is primarily focused on skills that are deemed critical to DIA such as: foreign area studies, computer science, business administration, human resources, public administration, international relations, legal, political science, chemistry, physics, biology, microbiology, pharmacology, toxicology, engineering, or intelligence analysis related courses.
• Completion of 30 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.
• US citizenship of applicant. Please be aware that security clearances can not be granted to applicants who hold dual citizenship. All finalists must pass a drug screening test.
• Please note that the security clearance processing and drug screening test can not be conducted while the applicant is overseas.
• All applicants conditionally accepted for internships, and all DIA employees are subject to initial and periodic counterintelligence (CI) scope polygraph tests, and drug tests.
Application Submission Instructions
• Applications will only be accepted on-line at http://www.dia.mil. Click on “View Vacancy Announcements &
Apply for DIA jobs” then click “no” when it asks if you are a current DIA employee. Click on the link to view
job postings, then place a check next to “Special Programs” and click “Search.” Click on “Academic Semester
Intern Program” To apply for the program, add it to your job basket, then view the job basket and click where it
says “apply” next to the program in the job basket. Please submit only the information requested.
• Attach an unofficial copy of your transcript to the on-line application. Finalists will be provided with instructions on submitting an official transcript.
• Please ensure the following information is provided within the online application by responding to the essay question:
Discuss your interest in a particular functional area(s) such as, International Relations (counterterrorism, counterintelligence, counter-proliferation, military capabilities, scientific and technical intelligence, etc.), or a particular regional area(s) such as Middle East, Europe, Asia, etc.
Indicate your geographic preference for work assignment (Washington, D.C., Huntsville, AL, Tampa, FL, Miami, FL, Omaha, NE, Charlottesville, VA, Scott Air Force Base, IL, or Colorado Springs, CO only).
Indicate how you learned about the Academic Semester Internship Program.
Be sure to provide a permanent address, email address and daytime telephone number along with college information, and the term you applying for (Spring or Fall).
Be sure to include your GPA when submitting your application.