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Job Title: Academic Semester Internship Program

Department: Department of Defense

Agency: Defense Intelligence Agency

Job Announcement Number:Y12-98454-1-ASIP


$34,907.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year


Saturday, September 15, 2012 to Thursday, January 31, 2013




Part Time - Permanent


1 vacancy - WASHINGTON, D.C.



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As a member of the United States Intelligence Community, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is a Department of Defense combat support agency. With over 12,000 military and civilian employees worldwide, DIA is a major producer and manager of foreign military intelligence. We provide military intelligence to warfighters, defense planners, and defense and national security policymakers in the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community in support of U.S. military planning and operations and weapon systems acquisition. We invite you to learn how you can become a valued member of the DIA team.


We are committed to:

Service to our country, our community, and our fellow citizens.

Dedication, strength, and urgency of purpose to provide for our nation's defense.

Customer-Focus in the products and services we provide.

Integrity and accountability in all of our actions and activities.

Commitment to inquiry, truth, and continuous learning.

Creativity and innovation in solving problems, discovering facts, and creating knowledge.

Teamwork through internal and external partnerships.

Leadership at all levels within Defense Intelligence and the Intelligence Community.




- U.S. Citizenship - Drug Test - Security Investigation






The incumbent serves as an Intelligence Specialist in an advanced-level developmental position, classified at less than the independent level for recruitment and professional developmental purposes. As such, incumbent performs a variety of developmental assignments to broaden skills, provide practical experience for progressively more complex assignments, designed to develop the incumbent toward reaching the competencies necessary for successful performance at the independent range.





DIA’s Academic Semester Internship Program provides promising undergraduate seniors and graduate students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through temporary employment with DIA while enrolled in classes. This announcement will be used for internship opportunities for the Fall 2013 academic semester.


This program is open only to those enrolled as full-time degree-seeking students at a university or college located within a reasonable commutable distance from a DIA location (Washington, DC/Baltimore, Maryland; Quantico, VA; Reston, VA; Charlottesville, VA; Huntsville, Alabama; Tampa, Florida; Omaha, Nebraska; Scott Air Force Base, Illinois; Honolulu, Hawaii, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Miami, Florida metropolitan areas.


The agency offers a limited number of paid academic semester internships. Interns can be appointed for an academic semester for a 10-15 week period (depending on your academic institution’s calendar), normally from January through mid-May, or September through December as temporary employees (working between 16-20 hours per week on an intermittent work schedule).


Students can be offered internships in one of 4 mission areas:



As an Analytic mission area intern, you will provide support in intelligence researching, compiling, assembling, and preparing intelligence related reports. Interns will assist in gathering, consolidating, and summarizing data for reports, studies, and/or briefings. Analytic functional areas include (but are not limited to):




•General Military Analysis

•Command & Control

•Military Capabilities

•Computer Network Operations

•Illicit Drugs

•WMD Proliferation

•Information Security


Academic disciplines of interest: Geography; Foreign Area Studies; International Relations with a concentration in a specific geographic region; International Finance, Terrorism Studies, Psychology, Political Science; Engineering (Aerospace, Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Information Systems, Structural or Nuclear); Computer Science; Information Systems; Science (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Pharmacology, or Toxicology).



As a Collection intern you will support information research and collection activities worldwide. Collection functional areas include (but are not limited to):


• Human Intelligence Collection (Field Collection Support, Operations Coordination, Source Administration, Intelligence Planning and Targeting, Debriefing, Issue Management, Collection Management)

• Counterintelligence (Operations, Analysis, Planning and Support)

• Collection Management (Collection Requirements Management, Collection Operations Management)

• Technical Collection (Physics, Microbiology, Chemistry, Forensics, Molecular Biology)


Academic disciplines of interest: Foreign Area Studies; International Relations; Language; Political Science; Engineering (Aerospace, Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Information Systems, or Nuclear); Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, or Toxicology), Business/Public Administration; Policy; National Security.



As an Information Systems Intern, you will perform assignments to gain familiarity of information technology principles, concepts, methods, policies and other criteria that govern the operations of the program/project area of assignment. Information Systems function areas include (but are not limited to):


•Systems Administration

•Software Applications

•Network Administration

•Helpdesk Support

•Information Security


Academic disciplines of interest: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Science, Information Systems Management, Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics, or Technology Management.



Mission Enabler positions provide programmatic support services for the Agency. Mission Enabler functional areas include (but are not limited to):


•Financial Services (Accountant, Budget Analyst)

•Administration (Staff Officer, Administrative Management Specialist, Program Analyst)

•Human Capital (HR Specialist, Training, Equal Employment, Classification, Benefits, Recruitment)

•Legal Services (Attorney, Law Clerk, Paralegal)

•Security & Investigations (Security Specialist, Personnel Security Specialist, Criminal Investigator)

•Acquisition (Contract Specialist, Procurement Analyst, Purchasing Agent)

•Facilities & Logistics (Supply Management, Logistics Specialist, Building Management, Architect)

•Communications & Media (Public Affairs Specialist, Visual Information Specialist, Printing Services, Technical Editor)


Academic disciplines of interest: Criminal Justice, Business/Public Administration, Human Resources, Law, Accounting or Finance, Logistics, Communications, Psychology, or Acquisitions.


All interns must be granted a security clearance, successfully pass a counterintelligence (CI) scope polygraph examination, psychological assessment and drug screening test prior to receiving a final offer of employment.


Please note that the security clearance processing, counterintelligence (CI) scope polygraph examination, psychological assessment and drug screening test cannot be conducted while the applicant is overseas. If you are studying or working abroad anytime in the three to nine months preceding the semester during which you wish to work as an intern, please apply for a subsequent term.


Interns are paid an hourly rate based on the number of credit hours you have completed at the time of application. Candidates selected for the program are responsible for all travel and lodging arrangements and expenses incurred prior to and during their employment with DIA.


Due to the temporary nature of the assignment, interns are not eligible to receive employee benefits (this also includes federal holidays).



• Current enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student seeking a full-time degree at a university or college located within a reasonable commutable distance from a DIA facility (Washington, DC/Baltimore, Maryland; Quantico, VA; Reston, VA; Huntsville, Alabama; Charlottesville Virginia; Tampa, Florida; Omaha, Nebraska; Scott Air Force Base, Illinois; Honolulu, Hawaii; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Miami, Florida metropolitan areas).


• Current enrollment in baccalaureate or graduate degree program in one of the following academic disciplines critical to DIA’s mission: Foreign Area Studies, Computer Science, Business Administration, Human Resources, International Relations, Public Administration, Communications, Psychology, Political Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Engineering or intelligence analysis-related courses. Please be advised that every location listed above will not necessarily have vacancies for every academic discipline.


• Completion of 60 semester hours or its equivalent at the time of employment.


• A preferred minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at the time of application.


• U.S. citizenship. Security clearances are not granted to applicants that hold dual citizenship.


• All students conditionally selected for the program are required to satisfactorily complete security background investigation, counterintelligence (CI) scope polygraph examination, psychological assessment and drug screening test.


• All applicants must satisfy DIA’s Conditions of Employment before a final offer of employment will be extended.


• Proficiency in a hard target language such as Arabic (all dialects), Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese), Korean, Indonesian, Persian-Iranian (Farsi) Persian-Afghan (Dari), Pashtu, Urdu, Russian, Thai, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Burmese, Malay, Hindi, Panjabi, Baluchi, Turkish, Uzbek, Kazakh, Kyrgyz Kurdish, Hausa, Yoruba, Swahili, Somali is highly desirable, but not mandatory.


•Applicants may be interviewed telephonically or in person.



Complete the on-line application process. Applications will only be accepted on-line via DIA's website www.dia.mil. Please submit only the information requested. Do not submit any letters of recommendation.


Please attach an unofficial copy of your college/university transcript(s). If you are selected as a finalist for this program, you will be required to provide official copies of your transcripts, at a later date. APPLICATIONS WITHOUT AN ATTACHED UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT(S) WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.


In the Work Experience section of your online application, please address the following items:


(1) During the Program Year, will you be attending a school near a DIA location? If so, list the DIA location closest to your school, as well as two additional locations (if any) you would be willing to work (please select only from the locations identified earlier in this announcement).


(2) Current GPA.


(3) Occupational area of interest (Analysis, Collection, Law, HR, Administrative, Finance, Acquisitions, Facilities & Logistics, IT, etc.)


Note: Responses to the three Mandatory Assessment Factors are required in order to submit your application, but will not be considered in the screening process.



All application materials must be received by January 31, 2013. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. NO EXCEPTIONS. Applicants will be notified of their selection status no later than March 15, 2013.


Participation in the Academic Semester Internship Program is contingent upon successful completion of DIA's Conditions of Employment and selectees must be granted at least an interim security clearance no later than July 15, 2013. We will not make a final offer of employment until you have successfully met all of these requirements.


May be required to perform duty at other operating locations.


Applications must be received by MIDNIGHT (Eastern Time) of the closing date of the announcement, unless otherwise waived prior to the vacancy announcement’s closing date. For questions, or to receive reasonable accommodations regarding the submission of your application, please contact our customer service representative at 410-579-2159 no later than 3 p.m. Eastern Time of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


Relocation (permanent change of station) costs may not be authorized.


All DIA employees are subject to initial and aperiodic counterintelligence-scope polygraph tests.


Current Federal employees (non-DIA) must also submit a copy of the SF50, notification of personnel action, that documents their appointment to or promotion to the highest grade held.


Availability for shift work, extended hours, and travel is required for this position.


All DIA employees are subject to world-wide deployment to crisis situations and may be required to serve anywhere in the world.


DIA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, personal favoritism, protected genetic information, or other non-merit factors. DIA provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, as appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the servicing Human Resources Specialist/Manager.


All employees are required to sign an agreement not to disclose, in any fashion, classified information to unauthorized persons. An agreement is also required to authorize agency pre-publication review of certain material prior to disclosure during and after employment with DIA.


If you are claiming 5-points Veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other documentation that supports your claim. Applicants claiming 10 points veterans’ preference must submit a DD-214 and Standard Form 15, Application for 10-Point Preference, as well as required documentation indicated on the form. Lack of supporting documentation will result in the Agency’s inability to recognize veteran status for this announcement.


Employees must participate in the DoD Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer of Pay (DD/EFT) Program, with net pay deposited directly into the employee's account of choice at his/her designated financial institution.


Positions within this agency generally satisfy NSEP service requirements for David L. Boren Scholars and fellows. Contact the National Security Education Board for further details on service requirements (HTTP://ww.nsepnet.org)


All applicants must be U.S. citizens and are subject to a thorough background inquiry.







1. Analyzes data to draw actionable conclusions

2. Uses knowledge of whole picture to bridge gaps in information and processes

3. Communicates routine or basic information in a clear, accurate manner in an individual or group setting


You will prepare and submit your application using our on-line application at www.dia.mil. Only applications received through that web-site will be considered.


Please visit our web site, www.dia.mil. Under the "Employment" heading on our web site, you will find a listing of benefits available to DIA employees.




Complete and submit an application package following these instructions.

Unless specified within the vacancy announcement, you must complete and submit your job application electronically using DIA's online job tool hosted on unclassified networks (the internet).

Here's how:

Important: Do not use the browser Back or Forward keys. Use the navigation buttons provided within the job application site.

Navigate to



Click the button marked "View Vacancy Announcements and Apply for DIA Jobs" to enter our jobs application site.



Your first visit? Register to setup your own account (
Create an Account



Select the link to view the current available job offerings (
Take a look at our job postings and hiring events, then apply for jobs!)



Search the Vacancy Announcements for opportunities that interest you.



Select Vacancy Announcements for which you are qualified and place them in your Job Basket by checking the box to the right of the returned search results. You may select as many as you wish.



Open your Job Basket to start the application process (
View Contents of Job Basket/Apply for Jobs



While working on the application, please save frequently.



You may save the application in draft mode prior to final submission and return to it at a later date. Just look for it under the link for your draft applications.



When you have completed all required information submit the application as final.

Please be certain to complete the application prior to the published Vacancy Announcement's closing date.

Final application are not available for revision.

Important: Do not use the browser Back or Forward keys. Use the navigation buttons provided within the job application site.

Submitting Classified Applications:

· If you are completing your application on an unclassified computer system, all application materials must be unclassified.

Frequently Asked Questions


How will I know the status of my application?

We will send an e-mail to you:

When your application is received by the agency



If you are found to be among those best qualified and are referred for further consideration



If you are not selected for a position



If an announcement is canceled

Selectees are notified by telephone.

You may check the status of your application on-line on the DIA web site (
), by returning to your Applicant Home Page and clicking the “View Your Submitted Applications” link.

How long will I be able to see my application on-line?

Your completed application package will remain available to you on
for 12 months following the date you submitted your application.

Who do I call if I am having trouble using the online application tool?

Our DIA Jobs Helpdesk is open Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET; Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET, to assist people using DIA's online application tool. Helpdesk personnel cannot answer specific questions about advertised positions.

301-227-8400 (287-DSN)

How do I email you with my questions?

Contact us by email using the following address:

Public Internet

I have a question about the advertised job and one about working at DIA.

Contact the individual listed under "Contact Information" in the heading area on the vacancy announcement on the DIA web site (

I'm looking at a vacancy announcement that has no closing date. It says "open continuous" and "open until filled." What does that mean?

These announcements remain open until all available positions are filled. Applications will be reviewed and forwarded to management on an unannounced periodic basis. To ensure that your application is considered, please apply as soon as possible.

Will I need to fill out a new complete application each time I apply for a job on www.dia.mil?

You will complete a new application for each job. However, once you officially submit an application for consideration, your basic application information (contact information, work experience, education, etc.) will remain active on this site for you to use in future applications. If there is no activity in your account after 12 months, the information is removed.

How will DIA contact me if my e-mail address or phone number have changed?

to our recruiting site (
), click Update Contact Information and make the changes in your contact information stored there.

Can I attach my hard-copy resume instead of using the on-line application process?

No. DIA does not accept hard-copy resumes. All applications must be completed on-line. Emailed resumes are not reviewed.

All Positions in the Defense Intelligence Agency are covered by the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS), a pay-banded, pay-for-performance system.

DIA positions are in the Excepted Service under 10 USC 1601 appointment authority. All candidates must be U.S. citizens and are subject to a thorough background inquiry and any required medical examinations. All applicants conditionally selected for this position and all DIA employees are subject to initial and periodic counterintelligence-scope polygraph tests. All applicants conditionally selected for this position will be required to submit, prior to appointment, to urinalysis, to screen for illegal drugs. Employees are required to sign an agreement not to disclose, in any fashion, classified information to unauthorized persons. All civilian employees are required to participate in the DoD Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer of Pay Program. All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation. Veterans who are preference-eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions are encouraged to apply.


Please see instructions within the on-line application for this vacancy announcement on the DIA web-site, www.dia.mil.


Civilian Operations Division

Phone: Not Available

Agency Information:

Defense Intelligence Agency

Bolling AFB

Washington, DC



Your application for employment must be prepared and submitted on-line at www.dia.mil. We will notify you, via e-mail, when your application has been received. Later, you will be notified, via e-mail, if DIA is or is not interested in you as a potential employee of our agency.

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