Wow, a $39,000 Internship… Spy for Uncle Sam’s CIA

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[Hu’s On First]
OK, so I have one son who has landed his internship at a big computer chip company at Folsom in his freshman year, and another who is still looking. I did the VI-A program at MIT 1977-1981 at Hewlett Packard at the Cupertino site that’s being handed over to Apple doing the artillery program that eventually can be traced to Angry Birds.

So I found this $39,000 internship, which is great before graduating from college. Help make the world safe for democracy, you don’t have to shoot anybody, but you can’t tell anybody where your internship is. I’m sure they’re more than happy to get Asians onto this program, as well as Arabs, Iranians, Muslims, and Russians and anybody else from a country that’s not on friendly terms with our government, though the usual generic Americans are always welcome.

Politically, they will take either fans of Obama or Romney, but if your favorite leaders are Paul, Putin or Ahmadinjad, or you watch the video sermons of the late Anwar al-Awlaki or subscribe to Alex Jones videos, you might want to pass on this one. Too late for this year, but you can start thinking about next year.

The Pan Am TV series featured girls in the CIA and they had lots of fun.

If this were still a real newspaper, the CIA should pay for an advertisement, but I thought this was so cool, it’s worth a freebie:

Undergraduate Internship Program – NCS
Work Schedule:
Full Time
Washington, DC metropolitan area
The application period for Summer 2012 employment is closed. Applications for internships starting in Summer 2013 will be accepted between 15 May 2012 and 15 September 2012.
The National Clandestine Service (NCS) Internship Program is designed to give a limited number of talented undergraduate students the opportunity to work in supporting the NCS mission of collecting human intelligence on critical international developments. The NCS intern will be part of a unique world of important events and meaningful accomplishments.
Interns will work at our Headquarters facility in the Washington, D.C. suburbs with teams of knowledgeable professionals. Interns are required to work two 90-day non-consecutive internships prior to graduation from an accredited American university or college.
Student internship positions offer salaries competitive with the private sector and the same benefits as permanent employees.
Minimum requirements: Applicants should possess impeccable integrity, outstanding interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, and commitment to serving the interests of our country. Interest in foreign affairs and national security issues is a must. Foreign language skills, overseas experience, and regional studies are desirable, but not required.
The NCS undergraduate internship program is highly competitive. Applicants are expected to meet the following requirements:
U.S. citizenship;
A strong academic record (3.0 GPA or better) maintained throughout the academic career.
Able to meet the same employment standards as permanent employees, successfully completing medical and polygraph examinations as well as a background investigation.
Available to work in the Washington, D.C. area during the periods of student employment.
Students selected for this program must have completed one full year of undergraduate school and must be continuing school on a full-time basis following this assignment.
Because of the nature of our work in the NCS, the student internship application process is a lengthy one. The application period for Summer 2012 employment is closed. Applications for internships starting in Summer 2013 will be accepted between 15 May 2012 and 15 September 2012.
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.
Important Notice: Knowledge by non-Agency personnel of your association with the Central Intelligence Agency or the Intelligence Community may limit your ability to perform or preclude you from certain assignments. NCS applicants should therefore endeavor to protect the fact that they have applied and/or are thinking of applying to the NCS. We urge your discretion throughout the entire hiring process to ensure maximum flexibility for your potential NCS career. Further guidance will be provided as competitive applicants move through the hiring steps.
To Apply:
Make a note of the position(s) that interest you, as you can apply for up to four positions in one application.DO NOT submit multiple applications; this will only slow the review of your application, and delay processing. Please read the Application Instructions carefully before you begin the online application process.
Application Instructions
An equal opportunity employer and a drug-free work force.


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MIT electrical engineering computer science graduate has written conservative columns on politics, race / culture, science and education since the 70s in MIT The Tech and various publications in including New Republic and National Review.