Graduate Studies Program - Digital Targeter

Central Intelligence Agency
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 07

Position description

As a Digital Targeter Graduate Intern for the CIA, you will work side-by-side with other Digital Targeters and apply technical expertise to exploit clandestine and publically available information (also known as open source data) using specialized methodologies and digital tools to plan, initiate and support technical and human-based operations. You will assist in developing innovative digital solutions to complex problems, and effectively communicate these solutions to non-technical partners. You will also have the opportunity to advance and refine your technical, analytic, and exploitation skills as a full time student (those entering graduate school will be required to produce an acceptance letter prior to onboarding).


The Directorate of Digital Innovation (DDI) is at the forefront of defining the future of digital expertise within the CIA. DDI focuses on developing the workforce with cutting-edge skills, investing in IT infrastructure, and modernizing the way the Agency does business. DDI officers help accelerate the integration of innovative methods and tools to enhance the CIA's cyber and digital capabilities on a global scale and ultimately help safeguard our nation. Learn more about the Directorate of Digital Innovation.


US citizenship required (dual-national US citizens eligible). All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC metro area.


  • Enrolled in a graduate program of study as a full time student in any of the fields noted below (those entering graduate school will be required to produce an acceptance letter prior to onboarding)
  • Bachelor's degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Computer Science
    • Cyber Security
    • Economics
    • Engineering
    • Geographic Information Systems
    • Information Science, Systems or Theory
    • International Relations/International Affairs
    • Library Science
    • Mathematics
    • Security Studies
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale
  • Availability to work one 90-day tour prior to graduation
  • Attending school on a full-time basis before/following this internship
  • Reading proficiency in a foreign language
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Advanced problem-solving skills


  • Experience studying or living abroad; formal study of politics, history or other aspect of a particular country or region, or have otherwise gained insight into a foreign culture


  • 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.

Application instructions

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