Defense Intelligence Agency Summer Internship Program

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The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is a combat support agency with the Department of Defense and an important member of the United States Intelligence Community that works to support U.S. military planning and operations and weapon system acquisitions. The DIA is headquartered in Washington DC and runs intelligence operations during periods of crisis, peace, and war.

Summer Internship Program

DIA's Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and ​graduate college students an opportunity to gain the relevant work experience the government requires when hiring for high-level agencies within the U.S. government. Students will gain experience in analysis, research, report writing, oral briefings, policy development, program management, and computer applications as related to the intelligence field.

Between 50 and 60 undergraduate and graduate students are appointed to work June through August and will be paid, as they are considered to be full-time, temporary employees.


  • Students must be enrolled in a undergraduate or undergraduate degree program that focuses on one or more of the following fields: international affairs, law, computer science, business administration, human resources, public administration, logistics, acquisitions, political science, chemistry, physics, biology, microbiology, pharmacology, toxicology, engineering, or intelligence analysis.
  • Students must be a junior or senior in college or have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours in their degree program.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 is preferred at the time of application.
  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Security clearances are not granted to those holding dual citizenship.
  • Students studying abroad are not eligible to apply unless they will return 6-9 months prior to the start of the internship.
  • All students are required to pass security clearance and a drug screening test before they will be considered for the internship.
  • An unofficial college transcript must be submitted at the time of application.
  • Students are responsible for their own travel and housing and in paying their own expenses.
  • Students who do not comply with the above at the time of application will not be considered for the program.

The Application

Students are required to address the following on their online application:

Work Location Selection

A list of your top 3 work locations. Students can choose from the following locations:

  • Washington, DC
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Omaha, NE
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Scott AFB, IL
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Stuttgart, Germany
  • Molesworth, United Kingdom
  • Miami, FL metropolitan areas

Previous Background Information

Students must list their previous background that must relate to one of the following areas:

  • Foreign area studies
  • Computer science
  • Business administration
  • Human resources
  • Public administration
  • International relations
  • Legal
  • Political Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology
  • Engineering
  • Intelligence analysis

To Apply

To apply for internships with the DIA, please visit their website and click on Vacancy Announcements & Apply for DIA jobs. You will then click on Summer Programs and then Summer Internship Programs.

The DIA does provide reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. Applicants should identify their need for accommodations early on in the process. The DIA grants special accommodations on a case-by-case basis so by applying early and identifying your disability will give you a better chance to see if you are qualified.