Located in Washington, DC, Defense Intelligence Agency began their co-op program with Northeastern in 2005. The first year was a pilot to determine if hiring individuals as co-ops would be a beneficial way to recruit talent into the agency for full-time employment. The first year the agency hired two students and hiring has increased each year; 2006 7 hires, 2007 13 hires, 2008 29 hires and 2009 36 hires. In 2007 the DIA received a Co-op Employer Award and the co-op program became a permanent part of DIA hiring strategy – although they work with additional schools, NU is their premier partner. DIA has recently hired their first student in an international location – Germany.