The Graduate Scholarship Program is a financial needs based initiative that offers graduate students an unmatched experience in a diverse and inclusive environment. Graduate students, serving as scholarship recipients with the CIA, attend an accredited college/university on a full-time basis and work during summer breaks at the Agency.
While working at the CIA, you will be exposed to real intelligence challenges while performing meaningful work that relates to your graduate studies. An IT major, for example, might be given increasingly complex projects involving sophisticated computer systems. An engineering major might help produce a piece of state-of-the-art equipment. A finance major could be involved in developing and analyzing budgets for a worldwide operation, while a foreign language major might be instrumental in translating documents for US policymakers. An international relations major might brief a senior policymaker and, as a final example, a human resources major could have the opportunity to develop and implement personnel policies and procedures.
US citizenship required (dual-national US citizens eligible). All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC metro area.
- Pursuing a Graduate degree as a full time student and enrolled in, or planning to take, at least 9 credits per semester
- Financial need as demonstrated by the gross annual household income ceiling up to $70,000 for a family of four or less, and $80,000 for a family of five or more
- If the applicant has not been listed as a dependent for the previous tax year, the gross annual household income ceiling is $35,000 or less
- GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale
- Availability to work at least one 90-day summer tour prior to graduation and willingness to work at CIA full time after graduation
- Academic excellence in core subject areas
- Relevant practical or job experience in your field of interest
- Proficiency in a foreign language. Languages of interest are listed on our Foreign Language page here.
- Demonstrated leadership qualities
- Genuine interest in contributing to CIA’s mission
ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE:
- A thorough medical and psychological exam
- A polygraph interview
- A comprehensive background investigation
To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last 12 months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to 12 months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.
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