It’s that magical time of year, when all across the Washington, D.C. area hemlines get shorter, the crowds at the happy hours get younger, and interns start arriving in offices across the city. As someone who’s lived in Washington, D.C. for seven years now (wow – I’ve almost gone native), I’ve become quite used to the internship ebb and flow – and in various positions came to depend on the interns that became a part of the life blood of our organization in the summer months, in particular.
There are clear advantages for students, but one benefit you might not have considered is the chance to obtain a security clearance. Internships with both the federal government and even some in the defense industry come not just with job experience and a stipend, they also come with background investigations leading to security clearances. Given the fact that a security clearance is one of those workplace advantages that can’t be bought, but can only be obtained through sponsorship from an agency or government organization, it’s a pretty sweet deal for college students looking to get a jump start.
With intelligence careers hotter than ever, it’s definitely an advantage to get that critical clearance as early as possible – especially for young people hoping to break into a job with the CIA, NSA, or FBI. Check out our article on how internships help you get a step ahead. Participated in a government internship program? I’d love to hear from you!
(PS – I did the Department of the Army internship program after college and it was a great jumpstart into the federal government!)