CIA Internship

The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 18 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

Just a few notes here and then a quick request. I did interview with the CIA at noon today for an internship. If I were to receive this internship, it would most likely be under the Directorate of Science and Technology, doing science and technology development or analysis. The time line is as follows. I am currently filling out the Personnel Evaluation Form. With it, I will send in a 5-10 page example of my writing.

This is where I need your help.

I have identified two examples that I am considering sending in. The first is my analysis of the Microsoft Antitrust Case [pdf warning], written also two years ago during the winter semester of my senior year in highschool. The second is my analysis of the Challenger incident [pdf warning], writen just last spring during my freshman year of college. If you have some time to waste because you’re putting off homework or whatnot, take a look at them and let me know what you think. You can email me or leave your suggestions in the comments section of this post. And the suggestions don’t have to be detailed at all. You could even say “I like … the best.” Of course, the more information you provide, the more helpful it will be.

Within two weeks of my submittal of this information, the CIA will contact me to either offer me a conditional internship or not. This is where it gets fun. In order to work at the CIA, I have to have a Top Secret clearance. This is involves a very lengthy and detailed background check (9-12 months….rushed). So, if you know me, don’t be supprised when you get a call asking about me. I will alert people who I directly list on my SF86 form (the begins of the background check), however I am going to assume that they will contact people not on that list. Be open, be honest, be candid.

Assuming they offer me the internship, and assuming I pass the background check, the earliest I would know is mid-April whether or not I will be in DC this summer. Let the waiting game begin.