Undergraduate Internship/Co-op Program - Foreign Language Specialist
Washington, DC
Job Description

Undergraduate students serving as Foreign Language Specialist interns with the CIA design on-line/distance learning course materials and deliver language instruction at all proficiency levels, using today's modern technology and tools to enrich the learning experience. You will also have the opportunity to conduct language proficiency assessments in accordance with Intelligence Community standards.

Foreign Language Specialist Interns have advanced proficiency in at least one of the following languages: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Dari/Pashto, French, German, Greek, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

The CIA provides first-class training for energetic, creative, and committed intelligence professionals. You will work with CIA Language Instructors to help deliver programs that provide intelligence professionals with the foreign language communications skills and cross-cultural awareness they need to live and work abroad effectively or to perform other language-related duties. You will help apply the latest instructional methodologies to meet customized needs and conduct language proficiency testing in speaking, listening, and reading for skills evaluation.

The Undergraduate Internship/Co-op Program allows you and the Agency to assess opportunities for permanent employment following your completion of undergraduate school.

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Minimum Qualifications:

  • Full-time student pursuing an undergraduate degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Education
    • Foreign Languages
    • Linguistics
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Native-like fluency in one of the languages listed below, as well as advanced English proficiency (applicants will be required to take proficiency tests in their claimed language):
    • Arabic
    • Burmese
    • Chinese
    • Dari/Pashto
    • French
    • German
    • Greek
    • Italian
    • Indonesian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Persian
    • Portuguese
    • Russian
    • Serbian/Bosnian/Croatian
    • Spanish
    • Thai
    • Turkish
    • Vietnamese

The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

  • Resume
  • Cover letter in which you specify your qualifications
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees


All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview, and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

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Job Type Internship