The CIA’s paid Graduate Studies Programs are outstanding opportunities for graduate students to attain real-world experience and gain insight into the events that impact our nation and the world.
This program is available to students entering their first or second year in a full-time accredited graduate program. It is also open to full-time post-graduate students enrolled in an accredited doctoral program.
While there is no guarantee of full-time employment at the CIA after graduation, many of our best and brightest students find these experiences to be an ideal way to transition from academic life to national service.
Applications should be submitted at least 12 months before your desired start date.
Applications received before May 1 have the highest chances of being selected and completing the clearance process for work during the summer of the next year.
Applications are due at least 18 months before your degree conferral.
Use the categories below to learn more about the graduate studies opportunity that’s right for you.
Those in CIA clandestine positions strengthen national security and foreign policy objectives. Although the Directorate of Operations does not host graduate students, in a clandestine graduate studies position with the Directorate of Science and Technology, you will see firsthand how our dedicated professionals use their technical and specialized skills to help inform key decisions within the Agency.
STEM professionals at the CIA use specialized knowledge to help tackle challenging, complex technical problems. In a STEM graduate studies position, you will work alongside these innovative experts to ensure that the CIA can adapt to the ever-changing technical issues that arise in the 21st century.
Enterprise and support professionals keep key CIA functions up and running at Headquarters and in locations worldwide. In an enterprise and support graduate studies position, you can focus on the area that interests you the most and assist these skilled professionals in providing the infrastructure and expertise necessary to support the Agency and its mission.
Foreign language experts are central to everything the CIA does – ensuring we stay one step ahead. In a Foreign Language graduate studies position, you will help our language professionals contribute to our national security – not just through speaking, translating and interpreting foreign languages, but also through having a deep understanding of cultural nuances.