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Published:April 28th, 2007 17:32 EST
CIA National Clandestine Service Professional Trainee Program

CIA National Clandestine Service Professional Trainee Program

By SOP newswire

The Clandestine Service (CST) Program and the Professional Trainee (PT) Program are the launching pads for field-based careers. CSTs have a minimum of a bachelor`s degree and several years of solid work or military experience under their belts before applying. PTs also have a minimum of a bachelor`s degree but lack substantial work or military experience. Upon entry on duty, they are offered the opportunity to gain the experience in responsible National Clandestine Service positions in headquarters prior to joining the CST program for training and field deployment.

Minimum requirements include a bachelor`s or master`s degree and an excellent academic record (minimum 3.0 GPA), with a strong interest in international affairs and solid interpersonal and communications skills. Foreign travel, foreign language proficiency, prior residency abroad, and a background in Central Eurasian, East Asian and Middle Eastern languages and cultures are preferred. Other degrees of interest include international business, finance or relations, economics, physical science or nuclear, biological or chemical engineering. Competitive candidates will also possess impeccable personal integrity and the ability to handle ambiguity and to take calculated risks.

All applicants must successfully complete two personal interviews, a thorough medical and psychological examination, a polygraph interview, and extensive background investigation. (Processing generally takes between 4-6 months.) The 35-year maximum age requirement could be waived on a case-by-case basis.

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.

Source: CIA