CIA, wildlife refuge seeking interns

HARLINGEN — Are you a college or high school student looking for a job this summer?

Do you want to beef up your resume? There are opportunities in the area and around the world for paid internships.

The Central Intelligence Agency is looking for applicants for its undergraduate internship program under the Directorate of Operations, and the April 15 deadline is fast approaching.

Interns in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations (DO) support the DO’s mission of collecting human intelligence on critical international developments. The DO is the covert arm of the CIA.

College freshmen who meet the qualifications can apply for a $40,000 CIA summer internship.

Students will be accountable to the president, Congress and the American public to strengthen national security and foreign policy objectives through the clandestine collection of human intelligence and by conducting covert action as directed by the president.

Applicants who are interested can apply online on the career and internships page of the CIA website.

Locally, the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program for the summer of 2016.

This program will employ four area youth to work full time for eight weeks.

The refuge is located about 18 miles east of Rio Hondo and 17 miles north of Port Isabel, off FM106.

The salary is the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

Participants will need to provide their own transportation to and from the refuge daily.

The YCC is a federally-funded work-learn-earn program aimed at developing an appreciation and understanding of the nation’s environmental and natural heritage.

The YCC has introduced young Americans to conservation opportunities on public lands since the program was created in 1970.

Participants must be at least 15 years old and cannot reach 19 during the term of employment.

Projects will include facility maintenance, habitat improvement and other biological and outdoor work.

The work schedule will be June 13 through Aug. 5, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Selected youth must be available for the entire work period.

Participants will be randomly selected on May 2. Because of the large number of applications expected, unsuccessful applicants will not be notified and can assume that they were not selected.

To apply, submit a YCC application by 4 p.m. on April 23.

For additional information and to request an application, contact Marion Mason at 956-748-3607, ext. 108, or email Marion_Mason@fws.gov.