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Career Guidance Booklet from AFIO

Intelligence as a Career Booklet

Intelligence as a Career - with updated listings of colleges teaching intelligence courses, and Q&As on needed foreign languages, as well as the courses, grades, extracurricular activities, and behavioral characteristics and life experiences sought by modern U.S. intelligence agencies.

AFIO's popular 56-page booklet reaches high school and college students considering careers in the U.S. Intelligence Community.
This is the fourth edition.
The publication is also popular with University Career Guidance Centers, professors and academic departments specializing in national security, and parents assisting children or grandchildren in choosing meaningful, public service careers.
This booklet is provided at no cost as a public service - online and in print - from the generosity of AFIO board, donors, and members. 20,000 printed copies of each edition are distributed. Many more PDF copies are accessed online.
We thank all members for their support which makes this educational effort possible.

Intelligence as a Career Booklet (fourth edition) in PDF Format available here.

Released 20 March 2017

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Intelligence Community - Eleven Years in a Row and now higher ranked at #3 in 2019
One of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

For the eleventh consecutive year, the Intelligence Community (IC) was honored to be in the top-ten Best Places to Work in the Federal Government, according to an independent analysis of federal workers' job satisfaction and commitment. See more about the ranking here.

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.

In 2019, the IC jumped two spots upwards to now be ranked THIRD overall among large agencies, which includes over 17 organizations, each of which employs more than two thousand people. Rankings are based on data from the 2019 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, HHS, Commerce and Transportation.

Visit bestplacestowork.org to see which agencies top the rankings and to access trend analysis, demographic data and various workplace categories, as well as generate custom reports and conduct side-by-side comparisons for up to three agencies.


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, UPDATED Sept 2016- [PDF]

Security Clearances - FAQs - ClearanceJobs.com / DICE - [PDF]

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

Visit Clearance Jobs here.

Also we recommend you view: "What Happened to USAJobs.OPM.gov?"

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Cyber Security, Public Administration Education and Careers

Cybersecurityguide.org is a community resource for those exploring educational and professional opportunities in the field of Cybersecurity. In addition, the site offers a wide variety of cybersecurity resources curated by educational experts. They are physically located at 1428 Tintern Ln, Saint Augustine, FL 32092 if you wish to write to them.

US Institutions offering Public Administration Programs

US Institutions offering Masters Degrees in Public Administration - This Masters of Public Administration Online Guide allows you to search over 500 different accredited Masters of Public Administration degrees online or on-campus and learn how you can engage in a career in the public sector, within government, at non-profit organizations, or within the public or private public administration industry. The MPA is a growing degree for current Bachelors degree graduates that are looking to advance their career. Get started using the below quick navigation to find an MPA program.



Silent Professionals
— Security positions ideal for those making the transition to civilian life using the skills gained in military service, law enforcement, or the Intelligence Community.


Full Time Assistant Professor for Intelligence Studies Program at Catholic University, Washington, DC

AFIO Members with Academic Credentials! Potential Full Time Teaching Opportunity in 2022 in Catholic University's Intelligence Program
University located at 620 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC

Former CIA officer and staff historian Nicholas Dujmovic retired in 2016 to become the founding director of the Intelligence Studies Program at the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C. The program is successful and growing. The undergraduate Certificate in Intelligence Studies currently has 76 students enrolled--the largest such program on campus. The program continues to expand the number of intelligence courses offered, as well as their variety.

Dr. Dujmovic is optimistic that a full time position at the assistant professor level will open in the summer of 2022.
He is reaching out early to the AFIO community to identify potential candidates with the following attributes:

  • Significant service (at least 15 years) as a professional intelligence officer involved in analysis, operations, technical collection, or possibly support. A recent retiree closing a successful career would be ideal.
  • A Ph.D. from an accredited university in political science, history, area studies, a comparable field or a relevant STEM field.
  • Teaching experience at the university level, either undergraduate or graduate.
  • Evidence of past scholarship and a willingness to engage in further research and publication, consistent with CUA's commitment to excellence as a "research university."
  • An enthusiasm for teaching and advising mostly undergraduate students.

AFIO members wishing to learn more are encouraged to contact Dr. Dujmovic at dujmovic@cua.edu.


CAREERS: CIA recruitment videos for 2017.

CIA 2017 Careers Videos

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

[IMPORTANT: AFIO does not "vet" or endorse research inquiries, career announcements, or job offers. Reasonable-sounding inquiries and career offerings are published as a service to our members, and for researchers, educators, and subscribers. You are urged to exercise your usual caution and good judgment when responding, and should verify the source independently before supplying any resume, career data, or personal information.]


Training Ideas:

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-programs/

Defense Intelligence Agency –http://www.dia.mil/Careers-and-Internships/Students/

Federal Bureau of Investigation - https://www.fbijobs.gov/

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency - https://www.nga.mil/careers/Your_Career.html

National Security Agency - https://www.nsa.gov/careers/index.shtml

Office of Naval Intelligence - Naval Careers - How to Start

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.

  1. 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.)
     


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American Military University - An Intelligence Education Wherever You Are!

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New Jersey City University - Professional Security Studies Department

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Intelligence Courses at IWP

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Visit their website to locating those important Hiring Events for those who hold active security classifications.

Upcoming TechExpo Top Secret Hiring Events - Active Security Clearance Required

Full information available at www.TechExpoUSA.com

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www.DefenseTalent.com Operates an online job board for the defense, aerospace and homeland security industries


Careers in Intelligence

The following listings are jobs with federal agencies and corporations in or supporting the U.S. intelligence community.


OTHER AGENCIES AND GROUPS PROVIDING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

IntelligenceCareers.com
https://www.intelligencecareers.com 

Find more than 650+ jobs online at anytime on this splendid intelligence career & intel career transition site, filled with plum positions for or about: analysts, cybercrime, COMINT, COMSEC, direct support to intelligence efforts around the world, ELINT, engineering, IMINT & Imagery, INFOSEC, linguistics, mathematicians, policy development, technology, and just about any career requiring a security clearance and a whole lot that don't.

A sample of the kinds of organizations that you'll find offering opportunities: ACS Defense, Boeing & Boeing Satellite Systems, CACI, IntelData, Lockheed Martin, the NSA, SAIC, Sytex Inc., the U.S. State Department, and U.S. Investigations Services (USIS).


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