Defense Intelligence Agency Undergraduate Training Assistance Program
The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) established this highly competitive program to support high school seniors and undergraduate freshmen and sophomores interested in DIA-related careers. The program provides funding for undergraduate education, placement in DIA summer positions, and a guaranteed position in the student's field of study after graduation.
Students receive $18,000 annually towards tuition and fees at their undergraduate institutions, and are reimbursed for books and supplies. Students also receive an annual salary to cover room, board, and personal expenses.
While in college, students are given summer employment in work related to their academic majors. Students are also assigned a mentor for the duration of the program. Upon graduation, students are guaranteed full-time employment, with full benefits, in DIA positions related to their fields of study.
- be a U.S. citizen, and must not hold dual citizenship (all members of immediate family must also be U.S. citizens)
- be a current freshman or sophomore undergraduate
- have a GPA of at least 3.0
- be majoring in a field of study deemed "critical" to the DIA. These include foreign area studies, computer science, international relations, political science, chemistry, physics, biology, microbiology, pharmacology, toxicology, engineering, or intelligence analysis related courses
- demonstrate financial need (defined as a maximum household income of $70,000 for a family of four, or $80,000 for a family of five or more)
- have a record of strong leadership skills and sustained extracurricular activities
"Minorities, women and the disabled needing financial assistance to complete their undergraduate education are strongly encouraged to apply."
External deadline: October 2013 (TBA)