CIA puts want ad for spies on Web
- By Dan Verton
- Aug 07, 2000
The CIA shifted its recruitment program for clandestine operatives a.k.a.
spies to the World Wide Web last week.
The super-secret agency has gone one step beyond its most recent high-tech
initiative the In-Q-Tel venture capital technology research firm by
fishing for resumes on the Internet for its next generation of spies.
Officials on Aug. 4 added a "Clandestine Service Operations" page to
the agency's online job center, which greets prospective employees with
an animated image of an eye undergoing a retina scan for "access" to classified
information, or, as one might conclude, access to a job at CIA.
"For the extraordinary individual who wants more than just a job, this
is a unique career a way of life that will challenge the deepest resources
of your intelligence, self-reliance and responsibility," the Clandestine
Service Operations advertisement reads. "It demands an adventurous spirit,
a forceful personality, superior intellectual ability, toughness of mind,
and a high degree of personal integrity, courage and love of country. You
will need to deal with fast-moving, ambiguous and unstructured situations
that will test your resourcefulness to the utmost."
The jobs that the agency has put up for grabs include:
* Collection management officer.
* Operations officer.
* Staff operations officer.
* Counterterrorism specialists.
* Operations officer-professional trainee.
A spokesperson for the agency said the CIA has been recruiting on the
Web for some time and that the new listings for clandestine service members
are just the latest addition to the agency's multifaceted recruitment effort.
"We have recruited in advertisements [in] magazines [and] newspapers around
the country for several years," the spokesperson said. "It's an ongoing
The Web page characterized the CIA's clandestine service as "the cutting
edge of American intelligence, an elite corps providing the vital information
needed by our policymakers to address the national security interests of
the American people."
However, although the agency has moved one step closer to the Information
Age by placing its recruitment literature online, it still doesn't allow
people to apply online. For now, applicants will have to mail a resume,
including their college grade point average, and a cover letter explaining
their qualifications and areas of interest.
To find the "spy recruiting" page:
From the Employment at CIA page,
click on Positions, then click on Clandestine Service Operations.