Students accepted into each CISS cohort are required to complete ISS 490, an internship at an agency within the IC or an organization involved in research or other intelligence-related function. We provide each student with guidance in choosing an appropriate internship, the application and background investigation process, and internship etiquette.
The objective of the CISS Internship Program is the successful placement of a student in an internship. This can be accomplished by uncovering the student’s interests, strengths, and achievements, and matching them with an agency’s eligibility criteria. In addition, the student will be mentored throughout the application process and until the internship has been completed.
For questions about internships and applying to the program, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Internships are available throughout the year from many different venues. Here you can view several of the internship applications that have deadlines in the near future. Keep in mind that this is not an all-inclusive list of internships, but it provides a wide range of options that previous CISS students have considered.
Remember to inform Mr. Wesley Yates about your goals and progress throughout the application process.
General Deadline Information
- Federal internship application periods typically open during the spring for the following summer. For example: If you are applying for an internship for summer 2022, the application period will typically be from March-October 2021.
- The deadline dates vary so please be aware of each agency’s deadline.
- Internships with private organizations often vary or are on a rolling basis. Please visit each organization’s website to verify application deadlines.
The seventeen Government Agencies often provide ideal internships for students to gain experience due to their high prestige.
- Undergraduate Internship Program, Central Intelligence Agency Directorate of Operations (CIA DO)
- Deadline: March 15
- Dates of internship: 2 Summers
- More information
- CIA Undergraduate Internship Programs
- NSA Undergraduate Internship Programs
- FBI Internships
- Department of State
- Department of State post their internship announcements at usajobs.gov.
- Treasury Department
- Treasury Department post their internship announcements at usajobs.gov.
- Office of Naval Intelligence
- Marine Corps Intelligence HQ
Military intelligence internships often grant students a hands-on approach, providing a jumpstart into a particular career path in the military while providing skills that are transferable to civilian careers as well.
Interning within the private sector can develop a students’ personal interests, research and briefing skills while the student experiences more focused intelligence tasks that match the company’s goals.
This form provides us with information on your specific internship interests.
Non-traditional internships (those not directly related to intelligence analysis) must be approved. Complete this form and submit it to Dr. Jensen for approval.
This form is the basic contract. Our interns are to responsibly and professionally represent the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies and the University of Mississippi for the duration of their internship.
At the end of the internship, complete this form and return it to Wesley Yates.
At the end of the internship, your supervisor should complete this form and email it to Wesley Yates or Melissa Graves.