Open Source Officers (OSOs) are the Intelligence Community's experts in collecting and analyzing publicly available information in the foreign arena. Open Source Officers apply their foreign language, area knowledge, and subject matter expertise to review and assess publicly available information in the foreign arena--including radio, television, press, geospatial sources, Internet sites--and specialized publications--to deliver high-impact products to the US foreign affairs community. OSOs develop and apply in-depth knowledge of a broad range of publicly available information to identify trends, patterns, and often subtle relationships that provide unique insights into national security issues. OSOs may specialize in an area of the world (country or region) or a specific topic (i.e., military, economy, emerging media technologies, terrorism, proliferation, cyber security, science & technology, etc). Additionally, OSOs may manage the collection and analysis of open sources by foreign national staff and contractors throughout the United States and overseas.
The Open Source Center seeks motivated undergraduate students with demonstrated reading proficiency in a foreign language for paid internships. Qualified candidates will have an opportunity to further develop their foreign language, area knowledge, and subject matter expertise to develop an understanding of how information collected from publicly available sources in the foreign arena support policymakers. Internships range from 60 to 90 days.