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About Central Intelligence Agency

The Central Intelligence Agency was created in 1947 as part of President Truman’s National Security Act. The agency collects, analyzes and coordinates foreign intelligence and counter-intelligence. The CIA is an independent agency that reports to the President and is accountable to the American people.

Undergrads can apply for the general three-month summer program (which they must combine with a semester internship or another summer at the CIA). They can also apply to the six-month co-op program, which focus on a specific regional or transnational issue division, supporting intelligence reporting operations and overseas outposts. The agency also offers a six- month graduate program, which provides similar job experience as the undergrad program at a slightly higher level. Graduates can also choose a more basic internship in the summer. Students who complete the six-month program may be eligible to apply for the professional trainee program or the clandestine service trainee program.


Applicants should be at least college sophomores with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Previous international and military residency, the ability to speak at least one foreign language, good communication skills and a strong interest in foreign affairs are all recommended.

Central Intelligence Agency

Internship Coordinator
Central Intelligence Agency
Central Intelligence Agency
Washington, DC 20505
Phone: (703) 482-0623


Number of Interns: Varies
Compensation/Benefits: Unpaid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Washington, DC