2024 Summer Internship - Science & Technology Career Field
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This vacancy announcement will close at midnight (EST) on Saturday, 01 April 2023. All applicants must apply online in order to receive consideration. If you need technical assistance with your application, please contact our support center at (202) 231-8000.
DIA’s Summer Internship Program provides current students the opportunity to gain practical work experience through research, report writing, briefing development and delivery, policy writing, and intelligence analysis. Interns are also exposed to the broader Intelligence Community through field trips, information sessions, and panel discussions. Interns are appointed for a 10-14 week period from June through August.
This Vacancy Announcement will be used to identify candidates to support the Career Field only during Summer 2024.
WHO CAN APPLY
This announcement is for external applicants (non-DIA employees) only. Military and contractor personnel are eligible to apply if qualified for the positions.
All applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application. Applicants must meet the agency’s conditions of employment, to include, but not limited to, satisfactory completion of an initial special background investigation and periodic reinvestigation, completion of any required medical examination and physical requirements, completion of any required personal interviews, favorable completion of any required initial or aperiodic polygraph examinations, completion of any required drug test, and completion of a civilian mobility agreement.
Interns will be considered for full-time permanent employment at the conclusion of the internship. However, permanent employment is not guaranteed and is subject to the needs of the Agency and available vacancies. DIA is an Agency with worldwide positions. Selected candidates must be willing to relocate in support of mission requirements. Since this is a temporary appointment, interns will not receive employee benefits. All selected candidates are responsible for securing their own travel and housing/lodging accommodations.
CURRENT FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. Selectee(s) who are current Federal employees will be appointed to the new position at the grade in which they qualify for. Those at a higher grade than the advertised position, will be asked to accept a voluntary change to the lower grade if selected.
All current and prior Federal employees must also submit a copy of their SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that documents their appointment to or promotion to the highest grade held. Consideration for future advancement opportunities will be through DIA’s established promotion processes, according to established timeframes, advancement criteria and compensation parameters.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CAREER FIELD
Officers in this Career Field apply scientific methods and technical tradecraft across the full range of intelligence requirements. They support and conduct technical collection including collection planning, execution, exploitation, research and development, processing, reporting, and the development of tradecraft, tactics, techniques, and procedures. Officers conduct technical exploitation including exploitation of organically and externally collected materials, as well as exploitation of existing data for novel or innovative uses and undiscovered signatures. Officers are expected to have a broad understanding of the totality of the career field and a deep expertise in their specialty. They are expected to collaborate across the intelligence community on tradecraft and within the Science and Technology (S&T) community of National Labs, Industry, and Academia on technical collection and exploitation systems and methods.
This program is open only to current students enrolled in full-time undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking programs at accredited institutions with a graduation date on/after May 2024 in the following academic disciplines: Physics, Chemistry, General Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Computer Engineering, Forensic Science, Data Science, Digital Forensics, or a related academic discipline.
Eligible applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Possess a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application, and employment.
- Undergraduate students must complete 30 semester hours or its equivalent at the time of employment.
- Graduate on/after May 2024.
- Meet the Agency’s conditions of employment. A final offer of employment will not be extended until all conditions of employment have been successfully met. Please note that the special security background investigation, counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination, psychological assessment and drug testing cannot be conducted if candidates are residing outside the continental United States. Therefore, candidates should not apply to this program if they are studying or working abroad 3-9 months prior to May 2024.
UNCLASSIFIED applications must be received by MIDNIGHT (Eastern Standard Time) on Saturday 01 April 2023. DO NOT SUBMIT CLASSIFIED INFORMATION WITHIN YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
**ALL APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTACH AN UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT AND VETERANS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTACH THEIR DD-214.**
Please submit only the information requested as additional attachments will not be considered. If you are selected as a finalist, you will be provided instructions on how and when to submit an official transcript.
To attach required documents, follow the below instructions:
- Create an applicant profile
- Click on the “My Activities” on the top of the job announcements page
- Select “Add Attachment”
- Attach your documents
If you are in the National Security Education Program (NSEP), please be sure to identify your NSEP status when submitting your application. To do so, click on “accomplishments” then “scholars & awards” and enter your information.
If you are participating or participated in the Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence Program (IC-CAE), please be sure to identify your IC-CAE status when submitting your application. To do so, click on “accomplishments” then “scholars & awards” and enter your information.
Indicate your preferred work location/s (you may select up to two locations only). The needs of the agency will govern your job placement.
DIA will evaluate your online application to ensure it demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, work experience, and any mandatory education, certification, and/or license requirements, to successfully perform the duties of the advertised position. Failure to provide clear examples of claimed experience will preclude further consideration of your application. PLEASE NOTE: Attached résumés will not be reviewed or considered; therefore, all applicable work experience must be entered into the work experience section of the online application.
Applicants selected to interview may also be required to complete an online questionnaire and writing assessment powered through HireVue prior to the interview. Specific details on this portion of the process will be provided within the email invite from HireVue.
Applicants must have direct applicable experience that demonstrates the possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies necessary for immediate success in the position. Qualifying experience may have been acquired in any public or private sector job, but will clearly demonstrate past experience in the application of the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully perform the duties of the position at the advertised grade. Such experience is typically in or directly related to the work of the position to be filled.
DIA applies Veterans’ Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, “DCIPS Employment and Placement.” If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must submit documents verifying your eligibility with your on line application package.
To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.
FOREIGN AREA TOURS OF DUTY ELIGIBILITY
Applicants applying to a foreign area opportunity and who are currently assigned to a foreign area are ineligible for consideration if selection will cause them to exceed the time limitation for foreign area service (5 consecutive years) or, conversely the employee will not satisfactorily complete their period of obligated service within 6 months of the closing date of this announcement. More than one permanent change of station move within a 12-month period is not considered to be in the interest of the government for the purposes of relocation at Government expense.
DUTY AT OTHER LOCATIONS
May be required to perform duty at other operating locations.
All DIA employees are subject to world-wide deployment to crisis situations and are subject to geographic relocation in accordance with agency guidelines.
Availability for shift work, extended hours, and travel may be required.
Relocation expenses in connection with a permanent change of station may be authorized in accordance with the Joint Travel Regulations and at agency discretion.
DIA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
DIA employees and applicants for employment are protected by federal laws, from discrimination on the bases of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. Employees and applicants are also protected against retaliation. Consistent with federal laws, acts of retaliation against an employee who engages in a protected activity, whistle blowing, or the exercise of any appeal or grievance right provided by law, will not be tolerated.
The United States Government forbids discrimination regarding any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignment, promotions, training, fringe benefits, layoff, and any other term or condition of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, retaliation, parental status, military status, or other non-merit factors. DIA provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, as appropriate. Please contact our Human Resources Operations Center (HROC) at 202-231-4762 or DSN 428-4762 if you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process.
Some positions in DIA may be eligible for unclassified telework and/or secure telework. The telework option allows an employee to perform the duties of his or her position from an approved worksite other than the "official" worksite.
All DIA 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.
NATIONAL SECURITY EDUCATION PROGRAM SERVICE REQUIREMENTS (NSEP)
Positions within the agency generally satisfy NSEP service requirements for David L. Boren scholars and fellows. Contact the National Security Board for further details on service requirements (HTTP://www.nsepnet.org).
In compliance with the REAL ID Act of 2005, driver's licenses and identification cards issued by the following jurisdictions cannot be used as valid identification if selected for an interview and/or actual position: Alaska, Am. Samoa, Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, N. Marianas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, and Washington.
Driver's licenses and photographic identification cards from jurisdictions not listed above will be accepted. Other acceptable forms of identification include: U.S. & Foreign Passports, U.S. Military IDs, Military and DoD Common Access Cards (CAC), Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Cards, U.S. Federal Government IDs & Credentials, and U.S. Congressional IDs.
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.
DoDI 1402.01, “Employment of Retired Members of the Armed Forces,” dated September 9, 2007 restricts the appointment of retired military service members within 180 days of their retirement. All applicant/s selected from this announcement must be ready to report for duty within 30 days of receiving DIA’s final employment offer or the Agency may rescind its offer.
Applicants with family members who have special needs, as defined by DoD Instruction 1315.19, “The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)”, are encouraged to review Sections 5.2 and 5.3 for information on the requirements of this instruction related applicants for employment with DIA. The availability of medical care and specialized educational requirements for family members with special needs will be determined during the Permanent Change of Station (PCS) medical screening process.
CAREER FIELD DEFINITION
(U) Student Trainee