Project Code: ODNI-USA-8

Wall of Spies Experience

Project Title Wall of Spies Experience
Project Summary Love history? Fascinated by stories of espionage, sabotage, and betrayal? Want to help us learn from the past to make America safer today? Help curate content for the Digital Wall of Spies Experience, available on the web at
Country United States
Agency Office of the Director of National Intelligence
DoS Office N/A
Post N/A
Section N/A
Number of Interns 2
Project Description

From the American Revolution to the cyber revolution, spies and saboteurs among us have caused lasting damage to our national security. The National Counterintelligence and Security Center, part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, leads America’s Counterintelligence (CI) and Security community to keep America safe from these adversaries. Learning from the past is a key part of our mission so NCSC has embarked upon a multi-year research and writing project to capture our espionage and sabotage history.

The result, called the Wall of Spies Experience, includes detailed accounts of more than 135 spies who betrayed America, as well as the evolving tradecraft they used -- from ciphers, to dead drops, to digital encryption. With the completion of the Wall of Spies Experience physical installation in our headquarters, NCSC is also breaking ground on a digital version that will make all of this material accessible to the public. NCSC will begin posting the current material from these exhibits--plus additional spy stories, images and videos--on, the digital front door for the U.S. Intelligence Community, which is devoted to expanding public understanding of our activities, authorities, and our people.

The digital Wall of Spies is in the early stages and we would love to have motivated lovers of history join our team. The selected virtual interns will work remotely to build upon previous research, identify additional spies and saboteurs to include in the Digital Wall of Spies, find new multimedia content, draft compelling writeups to educate and inform readers, and help us make this content accessible to the American public. You will work virtually with our graphic design team to make your work come to life, providing you a sense of contribution seeing your work posted online to educate and inform readers everywhere.

As General George Washington stated during the Revolutionary War, “There is one evil I dread, and that is their spies, I could wish therefore that the most attentive watch was kept…”
Help us keep watch.

To see the project thus far, please visit:

Required Skills or Interests
Graphic design
Additional Information

You will be one of our virtual interns augmenting the Wall of Spies Experience team whose members are geographically dispersed and therefore used to remote engagement. We will ensure you are integrated into the program to the fullest extent possible...while also realizing that you are a student!