Undergraduate Scholarship Program (CIA)

Students participating in this program complete work sessions during each summer break, increasing your knowledge and job responsibilities while assisting intelligence professionals and applying your academic skills.

Deadline: October 15, 2016; October 15, 2015

Sponsor: Central Intelligence Agency


The Undergraduate Scholar Program was developed, in part, to assist minority and disabled students, but application is open to all students who meet the requirements. The program offers unmatched experience. You'll complete work sessions during each summer break, increasing your knowledge and job responsibilities while assisting intelligence professionals and applying your academic skills. Once selected, you will be given an annual salary; a benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, and retirement; and up to $18,000 per calendar year for tuition, mandatory fees, books and supplies. You'll be required to work at an Agency facility during summer breaks and to maintain full-time college status during the school year with a minimum cumulative 3.0/4.0 GPA. We will pay the cost of transportation between school and the Washington, DC area each summer and provide a housing allowance. Because the Scholar Program is an investment in you, accepting an offer means making a career choice. We ask that you agree to continue employment with the agency after college graduation for a period equal to 1.5 times the length of your college sponsorship.


High school seniors planning to enroll in a 4-or 5-year college program, or college sophomores enrolled in a 4-or 5-year college program looking for career experience are eligible. The Scholar Program is extremely competitive. We ask that all applicants meet the following requirements: US citizenship; 18 years of age by April 1 of your senior year; 1000 SAT (Math and Verbal) or 21 ACT scores or higher (high school students); 3.0/4.0 scale high school or college GPA or higher; Financial need as demonstrated by the household income ceiling up to $70,000 for a family of four, and $80,000 for a family of five or more; Meet the same employment standards as permanent employees, successfully completing both security and medical processing; Available to work in the Washington, D.C., area during your periods of employment. If you are eligible for this Program, apply online between Aug. 1 and Oct. 15. Qualified applicants will be contacted and asked to provide the following information to supplement their online application:

  • SAT or ACT scores (For high school seniors who are taking the SAT or ACT in the fall, please make note of your test date in the application package. All fall test scores must be sent (postmarked) no later than Jan. 15.); Names and ages of all family dependents, and your gross family income for current and previous years.

  • A copy of your most current Federal Application for Financial Student Aid Form (FAFSA) or SAR must be submitted upon request.

  • A copy of your school transcripts

  • Two letters of recommendation

All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive 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.

How to Apply

Submit resume onlineNote: Multiple submissions are unnecessary and will slow the processing of your resume. Of course, if you made an error in your submission or need to update your resume, you may submit another resume. The second resume will overwrite the first.