DIA’s Cooperative Education Program (CO-OP) provides a select number of talented undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in combination with their academic studies. This is an excellent opportunity for students seeking to serve their country to participate in the critical work of the Agency through an extended work period.
CO-OP students are often selected from academic institutions with recognized co-op programs, though not exclusively. You must be eligible to work one 6-month period during your academic career. You will be considered a full-time, temporary employee, with a work schedule based on your school calendar. You will be provided with increasingly challenging assignments that are commensurate with your academic training and ability to assume additional responsibilities.
During the six month program, CO-OP students are eligible for paid Federal holidays, annual and sick leave. Candidates selected for the program are responsible for all travel and lodging arrangements and expenses incurred prior to and during their employment with DIA.
To work as a DIA CO-OP student, you must be granted a security clearance and must successfully pass a Counterintelligence (CI) Scope polygraph examination, psychological assessment and drug test. We will not make a final offer of employment to you until you have met all of these requirements.
Please note that the security clearance processing, counterintelligence (CI) scope
polygraph examination, psychological assessment and drug screening test can not 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 a CO-OP student, please apply for a subsequent term.
As a CO-OP student, you will be paid according to the number of college credit hours you have completed and any applicable work experience.
Students can be offered CO-OP opportunities in one of 4 mission areas:
As an Analytic mission area CO-OP student, you will provide support in intelligence researching, compiling, assembling, and preparing intelligence related reports. Students 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
•Computer Network Operations
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 CO-OP student 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 CO-OP student, 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 assignemnt. Information Systems function areas include (but are not limited to):
Academic disciplines of interest: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Science, Information Systems Management, Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics, or Technology Management.
Mission Enabler positions provide programatic 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.
• U.S. citizenship. All students selected for the program are required to satisfactorily complete security background investigation, counterintelligence (CI) scope polygraph examination, psychological assessment and drug screening test. Security clearances are not granted to applicants that hold dual citizenship.
• Applicants must be able to obtain a top secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI). As part of the investigation, you will be tested for illegal drug use.
• The majority of the available positions will be in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Limited opportunities may be available in Baltimore, MD; Reston, VA; Quantico, VA; Huntsville, AL; Charlottesville, VA; Tampa, FL; Omaha, NE; Colorado Springs, CO; Scott AFB, IL; Honolulu, HI; Miami, FL; Stuttgart, GE; and Molesworth, United Kingdom. The needs of the agency will govern your job placement.
• The program is open only to those enrolled as full-time undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students 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 at the time of employment.
• A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at the time of application.
• All applicants must satisfy DIA’s Conditions of Employment before a final offer of employment will be extended.
•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). First semester graduate students must submit an undergraduate transcript along with a letter from the institution’s register indicating current enrollment in graduate school. 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) Indicate your preferred work location (you may list up to three locations only): Washington D.C.; Baltimore, MD; Quantico, VA; Reston, VA; Huntsville, AL; Tampa, FL; Omaha, NE; Colorado Springs, CO; Scott AFB, IL; Honolulu, HI; Charlottesville, VA; and Miami, FL; Stuttgart, Germany; Molesworth, United Kingdom. The majority of the internship opportunities will be located in the Washington D.C. area. The needs of the agency will govern your job placement.
(2) Occupational area of interest (Analysis, Collection, Law, HR, Administrative, Finance, Acquisitions, Facilities & Logistics, IT, etc.)
(3) In 100 words or less, indicate why you express an interest in the occupational field you identified above. Please include any work experience, studies, extra-curricular activities when supporting your answer.
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 Cooperative Education 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)