Each agency has student programs that give you hands-on experience while contributing to the mission of the Intelligence Community.
How do I learn more about internships and student programs?
Tips for applying for internships
Include a cover letter
Even though the student internship job opening states that cover letters are optional, we highly recommend submitting one. This is your chance to make a good first impression of who you are and why you want to intern in the Intelligence Community.
- Address your letter professionally.
- Express your interest.
- Describe your specific knowledge and skills—tell us why you are a good fit for the internship—and how you can contribute to the role.
- End your letter strong.
- Include a signature line.
- PROOFREAD and check your length—1-2 paragraphs are enough.
Make your resume stand out
- Contact information
- Resume introduction
- Experience—include your work history and any experience during school
- Skills—focus on what will make you a good fit for the internship
Did you meet a recruiting representative at a campus or professional event? Include the name of the recruiting event or the name of your school in the "Reference" section of the student internship application.
Include your graduation date
Include your graduation date in the "Education" section of the student internship application.
Include your desired work location
Enter where you would like to work in the "Other Information" section of the application.
Be specific about your work experience
Describe the daily duties, any training and any kind of recognition you received in the role.
Describe your academics
Explain any academic changes in your cover letter, such as graduating from a current program and entering another.
Be yourself in the interview
Give hiring managers a good view of who you are and why you'd like to intern with the specific agency.