One of the most important requirements of the Intelligence and Security Studies (ISS) minor is the completion of an internship. Students in the Global Security Studies (GSS) minor can also complete an internship as an elective. CISS faculty and staff work with ISS students to place them in an internship that will give them an opportunity to practice the analytic tradecraft that they have learned through the ISS curriculum and that will advance their professional ambitions. Since 2008, our students have successfully completed internships across the Intelligence Community to include the CIA, FBI, NSA, and DIA. ISS students are strongly encouraged to begin thinking about internship possibilities as soon as they are accepted into the ISS program.
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 Ms. Susan Kelly about your goals and progress throughout the application process. She offers valuable guidance in obtaining an internship that meet the requirements for the ISS minor.
General Deadline Information
- Federal internship application periods typically open during the fall for the following summer. For example: If you are applying for an internship for summer 2024, the application period will typically be from March 1, 2023 through October 15, 2023.
- While each agency’s application period takes place during the fall, 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.
Government Agencies often provide ideal internships for students to gain experience due to their high prestige.
- Director of National Intelligence
- Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence
- Central Intelligence Agency
- Coast Guard Intelligence
- Defense Intelligence Agency
- Department of Energy
- Department of Homeland Security
- Department of State
- Department of the Treasury
- Drug Enforcement Administration
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
- National Reconnaissance Office
- National Security Agency
- Air Force Intelligence
- Army Intelligence
- Marine Corps Intelligence
- Office of Naval Intelligence
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.