Getting a Security Clearance: Questions and Answers about what they are, how they are conducted,
how you can qualify, how long they take, and what can put them in jeopardy.
Two valuable booklets are now available
The Security Clearance Process: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - by the Congressional Research Service, Sept 2013- [PDF]
Security Clearances - FAQs - ClearanceJobs.com / DICE -
Other articles of interest:
6 Degrees Everyone Thought Were Useless (But Are Actually Pretty Handy) by David Brown
Just because you lack a degree in electrical engineering doesn't mean you can't get a great job in the intelligence community. - Clearance Jobs
Why a 1099 Form May Be Your Security Clearance Savior by Sean Bigley
With debt and a security clearance, there is one crucial step you shouldn't overlook: a review of your tax records. - Clearance Jobs
Security Policy, Progress and Reform Q and A by Chandler Harris
One of the industry's leading security experts shares his thoughts on continuous monitoring, the National Background Investigations Bureau, and more. - Clearance Jobs
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18 July thru 5 August 2016 - Emmitsburg, MD - International Security & Intelligence - attend a Cambridge University Experience at Mt. Saint Mary's University in Maryland
International Security and Intelligence (ISI) is a program offered at Mount St. Mary's University in association with the Cambridge Security initiative (CSi). This 3-week, highly competitive summer course runs from July 18-Aug 5, 2016.Through the lens of professional practitioners of the craft, and academics closely involved in the world of intelligence, students will explore the role of the intelligence and security agencies in a democratic society, applying the enduring principles of intelligence and security to cutting-edge problems. The 2016 program is being offered in the United States for the first time, exclusively at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md. Attendees range from undergraduate students to seasoned professionals, and everyone experiences the same mix of lectures, seminars and social activities. The aim is to offer an experience of teaching and learning which is very similar to that offered at the University of Cambridge. Applications are being accepted until June. Learn more at http://isi.msmary.edu/
University of Maryland University College (UMUC) seeks a Program Chair for a specialization within the MS in Management Program, the Intelligence Management Program.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
• Managing the development, promotion, and direction of the Intelligence Management specialization within the MS in Management program.
• Preparing, developing, and administering new degrees and courses within the specialization
• Leading the programs’ transitions to competency-based programs, to include creating, developing course content, and administering new courses.
• Recruiting, mentoring, and supervising faculty.
• Teaching courses within the specializations.
• Participation in the Graduate School’s Enhanced Learning Model program re-design initiative, including redesigning courses, learning resources, and assignments.
• Performing other job-related assignments.
• Program Chair will be expected to work onsite at the University’s Academic Center in Largo
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
• Terminal degree in a field related to Intelligence management from an accredited institution of higher learning.
• 10 years of professional and/or managerial work experience in an intelligence-related field.
• Three years of teaching experience with excellent student evaluations, preferably online with adult, established part-time students.
• Excellent administrative, verbal and written communication skills.
• Experience in managing diverse teams and projects.
PREFERRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
• Educational and professional experience in intelligence from an accredited institution of higher learning is preferable, although otherwise strong candidates with experience in one area will be considered.
• Experience with competency-based education, teaching and mentoring and developing curriculum in new programs.
POSITION AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY & WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED. SALARY COMMENSURATE WITH EXPERIENCE
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Field Intelligence Element (FIE) Director (Req. 400316)
Energy and Global Security Directorate
Argonne National Laboratory
Lemont, Illinois (Southwest Suburb of Chicago)
Argonne National Laboratory is a Department of Energy national laboratory with over 1,500 scientists and engineers performing world-class research aimed at solving the nation's energy, environmental and security challenges. Argonne is located 25 miles southwest of Chicago on a beautiful 1,500-acre campus.
The FIE Director, as the DOE Senior Intelligence Officer’s (SIO) representative at Argonne National Laboratory, is the principal official within Argonne responsible for oversight, compliance and reporting under Executive Orders 12333 and 13462, the DOE “Procedures for Intelligence Activities”, DOE-IN policy and policy guidance for Field Intelligence Elements and for the Strategic Intelligence Partnership Program (SIPP). Within Argonne, the FIE Director is the principal official responsible for the protection of classified intelligence information, in accordance with the Executive Orders and applicable Director of Central Intelligence Directives, Intelligence Community Directives, and other relevant DOE-IN policies and policy guidance.
In addition, the FIE Director has oversight authority and responsibility for activities performed by Argonne employees and subcontractors that have been granted SCI accesses by DOE when those activities use SCI resources. The FIE Director prepares special administrative reports as required, and routinely handles sensitive and confidential correspondence and material.
In this position, you will: Build, nurture, and strengthen interdisciplinary collaborations among stakeholders including external scientific and industrial entities within the intelligence community; Assist Argonne directorate and division leadership in identifying, developing, enhancing, and managing research programs and associated funding within the intelligence community; Oversee and manage quality control aspects of all Strategic Intelligence Partnership Program (SIPP) projects conducted inside the Argonne FIE; Prepare and contribute to technical analyses, reports and presentations on national and homeland security topics.
To be considered you must have: Master’s Degree and 15 years work experience or equivalent or Ph.D. and 10 years work experience or equivalent; Detailed knowledge of the intelligence Community and all applicable Executive Orders, and DOE Procedures for Intelligence Activities; Ability to interact with research sponsors and maintain effective sponsor relationships within the intelligence community; Ability to identify and develop new sources of research funding within the intelligence community; Knowledge of how the Strategic Intelligence Partnership Program (SIPP), secure IT, and cyber security function; Operational and technical leadership, management oversight, negotiations, relationship building, decision making, strategic planning, and verbal and written communications.
Desirable: Knowledge of ANL policies, strategic plans, procedures, organizations, managers, and functions. It is preferred that the degree(s) be in a scientific or engineering disciplines. Successful applicants for this position must provide proof of U.S. citizenship and will be required to possess and maintain Q and SCI clearances. We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.
We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. For consideration, please apply via our website at: http://1.usa.gov/1iNYeit.
Program Chair Intelligence Management and Criminal Justice Management, Graduate School - Largo, MD - for the University of Maryland University College
UMUC is actively searching for a Program Chair for the Intelligence Management and Criminal Justice Management Programs in Largo, MD. The new Program Chair will lead The Graduate School' s (TGS) Master of Science in Management: Intelligence Management subspecialty and the Master of Science in Management: Criminal Justice Management subspecialty by directing, managing, and continuously improving the overall program and supervising faculty to assure teaching effectiveness.
Requirements include a terminal degree.
UMUC is one of 11 degree-granting institutions in the University System of Maryland (USM). Working adults, military personnel, and other students around the globe are achieving their academic goals through UMUC's innovative educational options, including online instruction, accelerated academic programs, and classroom-based courses taught during the daytime, evenings, and weekends. Currently, more than 42,000 students attend UMUC nationally, and an additional 33,852 students attend UMUC at onsite classes in more than 25 countries throughout the world; about 56,000 students are active duty military, veterans, and their families. In 2013, UMUC had over 261,000 online course enrollments.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Managing the development, promotion, and direction of the Intelligence and Criminal Justice specializations within the MS in Management program; Preparing, developing, and administering courses within those specializations; Leading the programs’ transitions to competency-based programs, to include creating, developing course content, and administering new courses; Recruiting, mentoring, and supervising faculty; Teaching courses within the specializations; Performing other job-related assignments; Program Chair will be expected to work onsite at the University’s Academic Center in Largo; Other job-related duties as assigned.
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Terminal degree in field related to Intelligence or Criminal Justice management from an accredited institution of higher learning; 15 years of professional and/or managerial work experience in an intelligence management and/or criminal justice-related field; Three years of teaching experience with excellent student evaluations, preferably online with adult, established part-time students; Excellent administrative, verbal and written communication skills; Experience in managing diverse teams and projects.
PREFERRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Educational and professional experience in both criminal justice and intelligence areas from an accredited institution of higher learning is preferable, although otherwise strong candidates with experience in one area will be considered; Experience with competency-based education, teaching and mentoring and developing curriculum in new programs.
POSITION AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY & WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED- SALARY COMMENSURATE WITH EXPERIENCE: All submissions should include a cover letter and résumé. UMUC Offers an excellent benefits package to include up to 8 credits of tuition remission per semester, a minimum of 25 days of leave, and a range of insurance options. For detailed benefits information, please visit here to apply.
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Assistant/Associate Professor – Intelligence Analysis Program
James Madison University (JMU) seeks applicants for an innovative new faculty position focused on data visualization that will help prepare students as analysts in both in private and public sectors, as well as government agencies, through its Bachelor’s Degree Program in Intelligence Analysis (IA). This will be a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor level (both depending upon the candidate’s qualifications) and will reside within the larger Department of Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT), an interdisciplinary, dynamic, and highly collaborative academic unit that is home to the IA program, along with the BS programs in Geographic Science and Integrated Science & Technology, and the Masters in Environmental Management and Sustainability.
The position is full-time, with a focus on student-centered teaching, scholarship, and service. The typical teaching load is 3 courses per semester, and includes primary responsibility for the program’s data visualization course, as well as helping develop (and teach) more advanced course offerings in GIS and other data visualization methods. In addition to excellence as an undergraduate teacher, the position requires an active program of scholarly activity that enriches the program and provides research experiences for undergraduates. The position requires either a Ph.D. in a relevant academic discipline, or a Masters degree and substantial professional experience in the field. Expertise using intelligence analysis tools such as Analyst's Notebook, Palantir, Semantica Pro, and GIS is desired. Strong candidates showing exceptional promise in other areas of application will also be considered. The position also involves serving as an active spokesperson for the IA program to external constituencies and helping to develop a potential new certification program in geospatial intelligence.
The IA program, a rapidly growing program in its ninth year, prepares a new generation of versatile, multidisciplinary analysts to work on future challenges in business, national security, and society. The program emphasizes methodology and synthesizes: critical and creative thinking methods; technological tools for data collection, visualization, and analysis; contextual understanding of an issue’s political, economic, social, and technological context; and strong communicative and professional skills to support decision-making. Graduates are well positioned for careers in the public or the private sector and have secured positions as analysts at major consulting firms, US intelligence agencies, defense contractors, within the military, and in law enforcement.
JMU is a comprehensive university, with an enrollment of approximately 18,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students, located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, approximately 2 hours from Washington, D.C., Richmond and Roanoke. JMU is regarded as one of the finest universities in the nation and has been cited in U.S. News and World Report, Changing Times and Money Magazine as an outstanding public university and as one of the nation's top 35 universities for undergraduate research. James Madison University is committed to enhancing campus diversity and creating a more inclusive and diverse institution.
Review of applications will begin on November 5, 2015; the search will remain open until the position is filled. Required application materials include: 1) a cover letter that explains how the candidate fits the position requirements; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a statement of teaching and/or training experience and philosophy; and 4) contact information for at least three professional references. If available, evidence of potential as a teacher, such as teaching evaluations, should be attached as “Optional Other Document 2” on the JMU site (below)
Application materials must be submitted online through JMU's application system: https://joblink.jmu.edu/. To apply for the position, refer to posting number 049628. Salary shall be commensurate with experience. Questions can be directed to the Chair of the search committee, Dr. Michael Deaton, at email@example.com.
James Madison University is committed to a diverse and inclusive community and to maintaining a work and educational environment that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.
FBI is seeking a Technical Writer....
Technical Writer sought to assist the FBI’s National Virtual Translation Center in Washington, DC
FSA - Forfeiture Support Associates, LLC. - is currently seeking a Technical Writer to assist the FBI’s National Virtual Translation Center in Washington, DC.
Technical Writer at FBI NVTC
City: Washington Worksite: FBI Requisition Number: 15-265 Posted Salary: 32.47
Description: As an intelligence-driven and a threat-focused national security organization with both intelligence and law enforcement responsibilities, the mission of the FBI is to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners. The National Virtual Translation Center (NVTC) is a federal government center created to serve the U.S. government's translation needs. They were established by Congress in 2003 to provide timely and accurate translations in support of national interests.
A Technical Writer execute the following duties: • Develops, writes, and edits material for reports, manuals, briefs, proposals, instruction books, catalogs, and related technical and administrative publications concerned with work methods and procedures, and installation, operation, and maintenance of machinery and other equipment. Receives assignments from supervisor • Observes production, developmental, and experimental activities to determine operating procedure and detail • Interviews production and engineering personnel and reads journals, reports, and other material to become familiar with product technologies and production methods • Reviews manufacturer's and trade catalogs, drawings and other data relative to operation, maintenance, and service of equipment • Studies blueprints, sketches, drawings, parts lists, specifications, mockups, and product samples to integrate and delineate technology, operating procedure, and production sequence and detail • Organizes material and completes writing assignment according to set standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology • Reviews published materials and recommend revisions or changes in scope, format, content, and methods of reproduction and binding • Types or scans articles • Prepares documents to be posted on the Intranet • Distributes publications to appropriate law enforcement offices in the field • Carries print jobs to printing and budget offices A Technical Writer may also: • Maintain records and files of work and revisions • Select photographs, drawings, sketches, diagrams, and charts to illustrate material • Assist in laying out material for publication • Arrange for typing, duplication and distribution of material • Write speeches, articles, and public or employee relations releases • Edit, standardize, or make changes to material prepared by other writers or plant personnel Specialize in writing material regarding work methods and procedures
Requirements: A Technical Writer must meet the following qualifications: • Minimum educational requirements of a four year undergraduate degree in English, journalism, communications, or related field • Knowledge of desktop publishing or graphic programs is preferred Preferred Skills: • In-depth knowledge of SDL Trados Studio and similar CAT tools • MA in Translation and Localization Management • Experience with OCR and alignment tools • Experience with converting Adobe PDF to MS Office formats • Familiarity with XML and HTML • Basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite • Fluency or proficiency in a second language
This position requires U.S. Citizenship and a 7 (or 10) year minimum background investigation. Candidates already possessing a Top Secret clearance strongly preferred
Area of Interest: Technical Writing Position
State/Province: District Of Columbia
Facility ID: DC001
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Apply online at Forfeiture Support Associates, LLC. at www.forfeituresupport.com (Requisition #: 15-265, keywords FBI, NVTC, or Writing). Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeking Guest Lecturers & Adjunct Professors - Daniel Morgan Academy, Washington, DC
The Daniel Morgan Academy, a new graduate school in Washington, DC serving the national security community, is looking for experienced intelligence and military professionals to be paid guest lecturers and adjunct professors. This is an opportunity to leave a legacy and impact the next generation of intelligence officers by passing down your knowledge and expertise. You will play an important part in shaping the future of the IC by training and mentoring people who will make a difference. We will work around your schedule and have video capabilities for those not in the DC area. For more information, go to: https://danielmorgan.academy/support/professors-and-mentors/.
Social Media Analyst – Perform data mining, exploitation, collection, analysis, production and dissemination activities focused on social media and sociocultural information sets using a variety of computer hardware and software applications. Location Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Must have • Bachelor or higher degree • 4-6 years of intelligence analysis experience. • TS/SCI, CI poly cleared. Favorable Qualifications: • Complete familiarity with the rules and regulations governing US persons • Expert knowledge on social media collection capabilities and analysis (beyond just Facebook and Twitter) and how it impacts both large and small populations • The ability to generate predictive analysis based upon socio-political studies and content/sentiment within the Social Media Space • Familiarity with intelligence-oriented geospatial software is desired • Regional research focus is a plus, but not required • Bachelor's degree, either in a marketing or a relevant social science discipline with a focus on social media analysis.
Socio-cultural Analyst - Provide cultural and social overview for specified geographic areas of interest and continue to research the cultural information for a specific area to prepare detailed analysis of populations and subpopulations. Synthesize detailed atmospheric information (e.g. cultural/social leaders, cultural norms, assessment of attitudes, group dynamics, values, etc.) as well as major components of human society (e.g. economic, demographic, legal, political, social, religious, etc.) to provide intelligence assessments in support of planning and analytic efforts. Favorable Qualifications: • Experience with social constructivist research/concepts and/or identity analysis • Experience working as a deployed analyst or with population-centric engagement activities, such as Civil Affairs or COIN initiatives • Experience conducting All Source Analysis, particularly leveraging open source resources • Must enjoy research and demonstrate strong writing skills • Familiarity with intelligence-oriented geospatial software is desired • Regional research focus is a plus, but not required.
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The Department of Criminal Justice is currently recruiting for four tenure-track or tenured appointments. These are open rank searches, with employment beginning in August 2015. We are interested in candidates who possess a Ph.D. and whose research interests fall within one of the following broad areas: homeland security, intelligence, criminal justice, and criminology. A Ph.D. is required. Candidates must be willing to offer courses in our undergraduate day program, evening undergraduate and graduate level programs. The J.D. is not an appropriate degree for this position. Salary is negotiable and competitive. Rank of hire, beginning salary, and possible consideration for tenure on appointment are contingent on credentials. The department offers a full range of courses in the undergraduate day program attended by approximately 2,000 members of the Corps of Cadets, an evening undergraduate bachelor’s degree program, and Graduate Certificates in Homeland Security and Intelligence Analysis. The availability of grants from The Citadel Foundation to support faculty research and development is an attractive feature of academic life at the college. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
To apply, candidates must submit the following: A cover letter describing relevant educational background, teaching and academic interests (including research specializations), a curriculum vitae, sample course syllabi and course evaluations (if available), sample of research and writing, official graduate transcripts and three letters of recommendation.
All material should be sent to: Professor Sean Griffin, Chair, Criminal Justice Search Committee; Department of Criminal Justice; The Citadel; 171 Moultrie Street; Charleston, S. C. 29409. Tel: 843-953-0319; Fax 843-953-7085; e-mail: (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To learn more about the Citadel and our programs, visit the Citadel web page, www.citadel.edu.
Application deadline: UNTIL FILLED. NOTE: “UNTIL FILLED” MEANS THAT APPLICATIONS WILL BE RECEIVED UNTIL THE POSITION IS FILLED AND/OR A SUFFICIENT NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS ARE RECEIVED. The Citadel is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, dedicated to multi-cultural diversity in campus and leadership positions. The beginning salary range for this position is: COMPETITIVE.
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Coastal Carolina University - Assistant Professor of Intelligence and National Security Studies -
The College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Intelligence and National Security Studies beginning August 2015. Preference will be given to applicants with specializations related to intelligence analysis, with particular interests in terrorism, geospatial intelligence, and cyber security. The ability to offer courses in intelligence collection management and open-source intelligence would also be of interest. Prior professional work experience in the field of intelligence is welcome, but not required.
Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in Political Science or other relevant field by the time of appointment. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the field, as well as support the continued growth and development of the Intelligence and National Security Studies program. Prior experience with distance learning would be beneficial.
Coastal Carolina University is a public comprehensive liberal arts institution located just nine miles from the Atlantic coast resort of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Coastal enrolls more than 9,900 students from 45 states and 58 nations. The University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the baccalaureate and selective masters degrees of national and/or regional significance in the arts and sciences, business, humanities, education, and health and human services, a specialist degree in educational leadership, and a Ph.D. degree in Marine Science.
Interested applicants should apply online at http://jobs.coastal.edu . Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, writing sample, and the names and contact information of three references. Also submit copies of transcripts and teaching evaluations (if available) online or directly to Coastal Carolina University, c/o Dr. Jonathan Smith, Search Committee Chair, Department of Politics and Geography, PO Box 261954, Conway, SC 29528. To ensure consideration, all materials should be received by October 31, 2014. For additional information, please contact Dr. Smith (email@example.com, 843-349-6573) or Dr. Holley Tankersley, Chair of the Department of Politics & Geography (firstname.lastname@example.org, 843-349-2949).
Coastal Carolina University is an AA/EO employer and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women, and those with disabilities.
China Team Senior All-Source Analyst
Leidos (www.leidos.com) is currently seeking a Senior China All-Source Analyst with experience in underground facility analysis to support a national intelligence customer in the Reston, VA area.
- Produce finished all-source analytical intelligence of designated facilities for senior U.S Defense Department and government officials, U.S. Combatant Commands; that are in accordance with IAW DNI Analytical Standards
- Produce all-source analysis and targeting on China defense issues and Underground Facilities (UGFs)
- Provide expertise in Chinese national military strategy and doctrine
- Web Intelligence Search Engine (WISE) or Tripwire Analytic Capability (TAC)
- Modernized Integrated Database (MIDB)
- GEMINI interface to MIDB, to include experience accepting new records, building new facility records, building new associated component records, populating all mandatory fields, adding graphics and models, deleting facilities, setting facility status, merging facility records, and understanding Category Codes and their uses
- National Production Workshop (NPW)
- Net-centric Geospatial Discovery Service (NGDS)
- Familiarity with DIA Directorate for Analysis analytical product templates and guidance
- Working with foreign partners under exchange agreements
MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Currently possess an active TS/SCI security clearance
- Bachelor's or higher degree with 15 years of intelligence analysis experience, or, specialized training and a minimum of 10+ years of relevant intelligence analysis experience
- Credentialed subject matter expert or recognized specialist in relevant field
ADDITIONAL HIGHLY DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
If interested, please contact Mike Bruni of Leidos at email@example.com.
- Experience conducting analysis on Chinese UGFs and related military engineering organizations
- Mandarin Chinese language proficiency (DLPT 3/3/3 or equivalent)
- China Foreign Area Officer (FAO) or Defense Attaché experience
- Experience briefing senior U.S. Government civilian and military personnel
- Experience collaborating/coordinating intelligence assessments with agencies across the IC
- Targeting experience
Updated for 2013
Intelligence as a Career
Is It Right For You
Are You Right For It?
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Intelligence Community Jobs and Language Learning Opportunities: In classes here in the U.S. or abroad, or on your own. Some sources -
Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy- offers top-quality summer language immersion—for middle and high school students - Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Russian, Italian, Japanese and German.
Monterey Institute of International Studies - special total immersion summer and winter classes in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish.
Lingua Service Worldwide, 800-394-5327, is based in Connecticut and represents more than 60 language schools around the globe. The company regularly visits schools to monitor performance, and provides applicants with contact info for former students.
LanguageCourse.net 800-613-6345, based in Barcelona, lists more than 400 schools worldwide. Schools are given star ratings by former students, and there's an online forum with uncensored reviews. The schools must be accredited and must have been in business for at least three year.
Atlanta International Language Institute - based in Atlanta, GA, teaches in group or private classes over 60 languages, including Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bambara, Bamanankan, Belarussian, Bengali, Berber, Bosnian, Breton, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Chinese (Mandarin), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, French, Fujian, Georgian, German, Greek (Modern), Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Kyrgyz, Lao, Latvian, Lingala, Lithuanian, Malaysian, Malay, Mandi, Mongolian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Wolof and Yoruba.
Intelligence Community Jobs for Students -
Central Intelligence Agency – https://www.cia.gov/careers/student-opportunities/index.html
Defense Intelligence Agency –http://www.dia.mil/Careers.aspx
Federal Bureau of Investigation – http://www.fbijobs.gov/2.asp
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency – https://www.nga.mil/Careers/Pages/Default.aspx
National Security Agency – https://www.nsa.gov/careers/index.shtml
Office of Naval Intelligence – http://www.navy.com/careers.html
NOTE: Deadlines for summer internships in the Intelligence Community are in the fall (October and November) for the following summer.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR CURRENT STUDENTS
The members of the Intelligence Community (IC) offer high school and college students a variety of temporary employment opportunities, including paid internships and co-operative education programs. Such programs allow interested students to experience first-hand what it is like to work in the IC and if it is a “fit” for them. At the same time, the IC agency is able to evaluate the students’ work performance and consider them for permanent employment upon graduation.
In addition, many IC agencies offer scholarships or fellowships, some of which provide a salary and full government benefits as well as tuition and other educational expenses. Interested students should consult the Student/Special Programs web page at the various agencies to learn exactly what programs each offers.
- TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
You can contribute to the work of the nation before you graduate as most of the IC components offer summer internship programs and some offer internships during the academic year. Some of the IC components also offer co-operative education programs which are formal programs linking a student’s major with relevant work experience. Most of the co-op programs are for college level students, however the National Security Agency does have a high school co-op program. Interns and co-op students engage in substantive and meaningful work assignments, while earning a competitive hourly wage and gaining valuable practical experience. Competitive is particularly keen for these programs with application deadlines six to nine months in advance of the period in which you wish to work. Applicants are expected to meet the same employment standards as permanent employees. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and should have a strong academic record (GPA of 3.0 or better). Foreign language skills, previous study or residency abroad and military service are pluses. Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills are essential. Some agencies require medical examinations and/or polygraph examinations as well as a background investigation. Some agencies also offer unpaid internships.
In addition to the above, the institutions listed in AFIO's latest version of our Careers in Intelligence booklet are those places which have offered or currently offer courses in intelligence and security subjects. (Because curricula vary and change from year to year, the list is not definitive.)
Intelligence Community - Seven Years in a Row - Named 2015
One of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government
For the seventh consecutive year, the Intelligence Community (IC) was honored as #2 in the top-ten Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, according to an independent analysis of federal workers' job satisfaction and commitment.
The rankings were compiled by the Partnership for Public Service (PPS) and American University's Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation (ISPPI) and announced recently in Washington, D.C. PPS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that aims to attract people to federal careers and improve how the government runs. The institute conducts research and helps federal leaders solve difficult public-policy issues.
The IC ranked fourth overall among large agencies, which includes over 30 organizations, each of which employs more than two thousand people. Rankings are based on data from the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, which the U.S. Office of Personnel Management administers. The first Federal Government survey was in 2003, but the IC has only participated since 2009. Max Stier, president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, noted that the IC does not have to participate but does so voluntarily, "which is a credit to them."
To maintain the security of information about its work force, the IC relies on its own survey instrument to assess each year how its workers feel about issues such as job satisfaction, professional development, and the effectiveness of senior leaders. The IC includes several questions from the federal survey in the IC's annual Employee Climate Survey. That way, the Community's information can be compared with that from other organizations.
Other top-five large organization Best Places to Work are: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. Departments of Commerce, State and Justice.
Visit bestplacestowork.org to see which agencies top the rankings and to access trend analysis, demographic data and all 10 workplace categories, as well as generate custom reports and conduct side-by-side comparisons for up to three agencies.
Office of the Director of National Intelligence Offers 4th Annual Summer Seminar for College Students Interested in I.C. Careers
National Security Analysis & Intelligence Summer Seminar (NSAISS)
ODNI TO OFFER 4th ANNUAL SUMMER SEMINAR
FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS INTERESTED IN IC CAREERS
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence's (ODNI) National Security Analysis & Intelligence Summer Seminar (NSAISS) soon will be accepting applications for a two-week residential summer program July 10-22 in Washington, D.C.
The residential seminar will introduce participants to the Intelligence Community. Individuals will interact with senior officials, current intelligence analysts and private sector experts to explore intelligence disciplines, methodologies and substantive topics through a curriculum of lectures, panels, case studies, simulations, and site visits to various agencies. Program participants will receive accommodations, per diem, and transportation to and from Washington, D.C. and to all program activities.
The NSAISS is open to U.S. citizens who are graduate students and to college seniors graduating in the 2014-2015 academic year with proven plans for ongoing graduate study in fall 2015. This seminar is not open to federal government employees, contractors, currently serving military or activated reservists.
Applicants will be required to electronically submit the following materials:
Standard Form 86 (SF-86) "Questionnaire for National Security Positions" in order to qualify for a temporary SECRET clearance.
Official university transcripts (both undergraduate and graduate), which can be scanned.
Two letters of recommendation from professors supporting the applicant's candidacy, describing academic performance and career aspirations. The letters, if scanned, must be on university letterhead and include the name of the applicant and the signature of the referrer. If e-mailed, the recommendation must be sent directly from an account bearing the name of the person making the recommendation.
A statement of no more than 250-words describing the candidate's educational and professional goals, and what role, if any, the NSAISS will play in achieving these goals.
The window to apply to this program will be short. Candidates should begin preparing and completing the above forms now to be ready when the official announcement is made. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please frequently check the ODNI website for updates and information on when, where, and how to apply.
Intelligence Training Opportunities for High School Students
The National Security & Intelligence conference, hosted by LeadAmerica, provides high achieving students with the opportunity to build real world career skills and analyze leadership attributes within the environment of our nation’s capital. For ten days, students examine historic and current challenges to National Security, while understanding the roles and methods of diplomacy and intelligence through focused workshops on Iran, the Kashmir Crisis, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. In addition, students analyze issues such as information sharing, the origins of terrorism, intelligence ethics and the proliferation of WMD’s, while also attending briefings at the U.S. State Department and the Saudi Arabian Embassy. Students visit the Pentagon and the International Spy Museum and participate in an engaging Career Planning Seminar, which exposes them to career tracks and the requisite training for the fields of Intelligence and National Security. Students also complete LeadAmerica’s skill building curriculum, which fosters necessary skills such as teambuilding, time management, and communication, culminating in the formulation of a personal mission and vision statement.
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