Updated for 2013
Intelligence as a Career
Is It Right For You
Are You Right For It?
Click HERE, or the cover photo at left, for the full updated version of AFIO's Careers In Intelligence Booklet.
Released 10 January 2013
New Internships and Scholarships Available from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Deadline: October 12, 2013
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is the nation's premier source of geospatial intelligence. As a Department of Defense combat support agency and a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community, NGA provides imagery, geospatial and targeting analysis, along with image sciences and modeling for U.S. national defense, disaster relief and safety of navigation. We also provide global support to our Intelligence Community mission partners through NGA representatives stationed around the world. Headquartered in Springfield, VA, NGA operates major facilities in the Washington D.C. and in St. Louis, MO metro areas.
Know the Earth... Show the Way… Understand the world
1. Interns/Temporary Hire Students perform a variety of functions and tasks in support of the organization to which they are assigned. Work assignments will involve problem identification, analysis, and resolution. Specific duties may include the preparation and presentation of briefings directly related to work assigned. Interns/Temporary Student Hire appointment terminates upon graduation or when the student no longer attends school, even if the expiration date on the current appointment has not been reached. However, ALL student hires who successfully complete their degree and internship requirements are considered for full-time employment upon graduation! PDF describing the internship program is here.
2. Stokes Program Scholars perform a variety of functions and tasks in support of the organization to which they are assigned. Work assignments will involve problem identification, analysis, and resolution. Scholars must be in attendance at and enrolled in a baccalaureate or associate program. They are placed on temporary student appointments as full-time employees, and attend their universities full-time during the traditional academic year, and work as full-time interns for a minimum of ten weeks over summer breaks. Their appointment expires no later than 120 days after completion of degree requirements. In accordance with NGA mission needs, permanent positions with NGA will be offered to scholars who perform successfully during work periods and complete program requirements. Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. PDF describing the scholarship program is here.
Stokes Scholarship Benefits:
• Up to $18,000 per year for tuition, mandatory fees, books, and supplies
• Annual, year-round salary
• Health Insurance
• Life Insurance
• Retirement Plan
• Full-time employment upon graduation
For official consideration all applications must be submitted through the NGA website: www.nga.mil Click "Current Openings" and search for "Stokes Program Scholar" OR "Temporary Hire Student"
or go directly to https://erecruit.nga.mil/
Relevant academic majors for the program includes the following:
Accounting, Business , Technology, Cartography, Computer Science, Cultural Area Studies, Environmental Science, Foreign Language Studies, Geodesy, Geography (Physical, Political, Demographic, or Regional), Geology, Geospatial Information Systems, Geophysics, Hydrology, Imagery Science, International Affairs, Human Resources, Finance, Marine Science, Mathematics, Military and Foreign Affairs, National Security or Intelligence Studies, Photogrammetry, Physical Science, Remote Sensing, Social Science, and many other related degree programs.
Follow the online instructions to submit the application. Ensure that an email confirming submission has been received. Should any issues arise please contact the NGA Recruitment Center: 571-557-1999 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications will be accepted September 4 – October 12, 2013.
For more information, including position descriptions visit www.nga.mil
CAREER OPPORTUNITY: Program Director, Intelligence Studies at American Military University, American Public University System
Reports to Dean, School of Security and Global Studies.
Posted: July 3, 2012
Closing: Open until filled
FLSA Status: Exempt
Synopsis of Role:
The Program Director of Intelligence Studies is a key leadership position within the university. The Program Director provides the resources for a quality learning experience for students by ensuring coherence in the discipline and relevance to the practice. This management position contributes to a range of activities that support student learning outcomes, program quality, and discipline integrity, all of which focus on student learning and retention. The Program Director facilitates the work with other departments including faculty hiring, institutional research and assessment, instructional design, Library and course materials, and marketing. The Program Director of Intelligence Studies collaborates with the Director of Faculty to provide the total learning experience for students and a cohesive work environment for faculty.
Responsible for program curriculum quality and management of discipline leaders to include:
- Program and discipline quality
- Define program and course objectives, review regularly, and revise as needed.
- Update program content and materials and/or delivery methods, based on information such as emerging practice changes in the discipline, instructional effectiveness data, current or future performance requirements, feasibility, and costs.
- Research, evaluate and prepare recommendations on current and future curricula.
- Work with discipline course leads to ensure discipline and program continuity, currency, and relevance.
- Convene regular meetings with course leads so they are aware of how their course(s) fit within the overall program progression, and other APUS requirements.
- Interview and utilize subject matter experts as well as conduct other research to develop relevant and current instructional content and methods of instruction.
- Confer with members of educational committees and advisory groups to obtain knowledge of subject areas, and to relate curriculum materials to specific subjects, individual student needs, occupational areas, and discipline knowledge.
- Analyze various program areas and prepare program and course analysis for program and course reviews, and course and homework contact hours.
- Work with Institutional Research Department to develop course and program assessments that evaluate student learning and effectiveness of instructional strategies and methods to achieve learning outcomes.
- Regularly analyze and report on data to assess student learning and retention.
- Program delivery
- Ensure APUS instructional standards and policies are reflected in course design.
- Research and evaluate emerging instructional technologies or methods and develop instructional materials (e.g., lessons, audio-visual materials, etc.) accordingly.
- Provide analytical support for the design and development of curricula, learning strategies, educational policies, or courseware standards.
- Ensures model courses are developed and maintained according to applicable accreditation, certification, or other requirements.
- External review and validation
- Engage with external expert reviewers to review program content; execute reviewer recommendations as applicable.
- Convene and Chair Industry Advisory Council meetings.
- Discipline communities
- Coach/mentor discipline leaders (e.g., course leads and full-time faculty) in curriculum development, as needed, to ensure standards are maintained.
- Support/promote ongoing professional development and scholarship for course leads and full-time faculty.
- Ensure course leads and full-time faculty are aware of new classroom procedures and instructional materials.
- Recognize course leads and full-time faculty for outstanding performance or accomplishments.
- Provide input for annual performance reviews.
- Regularly advise instructors in curriculum development and use of materials.
- Chair meetings with instructors teaching courses in the discipline (monthly or quarterly) on curriculum/content/development of discipline and practice with those who teach in the program, and to promote community among all in the discipline.
- Maintain discipline knowledge and establish and advance discipline as leader per APUS Strategic Plan and priorities.
- Conduct research and publish, and if applicable, contribute to the practice and in industry.
- Participate in the discipline-related professional communities.
- Teach courses within program (i.e., 150 registrations per year).
- Support APUS initiatives and departments; specifically marketing.
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
Communications — Knowledge of communication and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform via written, oral, and visual media.
Critical Thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Deep Knowledge – Knowledge of one's discipline and practice and the ability to translate theory and practice into learning opportunities that advance the discipline.
Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and measurement.
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Monitoring — Monitoring/assessing curriculum to make improvements or take corrective action.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date in the discipline and applying new knowledge to your job.
Competencies Critical to this Position:
Adaptability/Flexibility — Open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Attention to Detail — Careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Cooperation – Pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Discipline Expertise – Willing and able to remain current on discipline development.
Initiative – Willing and able to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Innovation — Creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
Leadership – Willing and able to lead; take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
Self-Control – Maintain composure, keep emotions in check, control anger, and avoid aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Stress Tolerance —Ability to accept criticism and deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Ph.D. degree in Political Science, International Relations, National Security, or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution is required.
5+ years of experience in the Intelligence industry required.
1+ years online teaching experience is preferred.
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite programs required.
Work Environment and Physical Demands:
Requires attendance at meetings in Charles Town, WV, Virginia, or DC.
Standard office environment.
Sitting, walking, climbing stairs, extensive use of keyboard.
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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.
The Language Conservatory holds a June-July Summer Language Camp (Camps available: Preschool through Grade 12). Swimming, tennis and volleyball will be offered between foreign language lessons offering total language immersion. This will be a unique Summer Language Camp Program in a country club setting in the North Dallas area. Each Camp runs one week, Monday through Friday between 9am and 2pm. The cost per week is $275.00 which includes learning materials snacks and lunch.
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/employment/index.htm
Federal Bureau of Investigation – http://www.fbijobs.gov/2.asp
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency – http://nga.mil/careers
National Security Agency – http://www.nsa.gov/careers/students.cfm
Office of Naval Intelligence – http://www.nmic.navy.mil/employment
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 Named 2010 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government
For the second consecutive year, the Intelligence Community (IC) was honored as one of 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 today at a ceremony 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.
Army Lt. Gen. John F. Kimmons, the director of the intelligence staff for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, accepted the award on behalf of the entire IC. “The fact that the IC placed in the top ten for two consecutive years reflects a work force understanding of the critical role they fill and the importance of our national security mission,” he said.
The IC ranked tenth overall among large agencies, which includes 32 organizations, each of which employs more than two thousand people. Rankings are based on data from the 2010 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, which the U.S. Office of Personnel Management administers. The first 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 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 provided by the PPS, in the IC’s annual Employee Climate Survey. That way, the Community’s information would be comparable with that from other organizations under consideration for Best Places.
Other returning top-ten Best Places to Work are: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Government Accountability Office, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Departments of State and Justice, and the Social Security Administration.
According to the Best Places to Work analysis, employee satisfaction is at an all-time high of 65 out of 100, a 7.4 percent jump from 2003 when the rankings were first released, with 68 percent of agencies improving their index score since the last rankings in 2009.
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 2012-2013 academic year with proven plans for ongoing graduate study in fall 2013. 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.
To learn more about LeadAmerica and the National Security & Intelligence conference please visit http://www.lead-america.org/conferences/cslc/intelligence.asp or contact an Admissions Counselor at 866.FYI.LEAD.
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American Military University - An Intelligence Education Wherever You Are!
New Jersey City University - Professional Security Studies Department
The CICENTRE ... The Counterintelligence Centre for Advanced Counterintelligence, Counterterrorism & Security Education
The SCIP Institute provides an integrated approach to fundamental CI principles and the latest thinking in specific CI disciplines. If you’re new to competitive intelligence, you’ll learn the ways in which CI can create a competitive advantage for your organization. If you’re an experienced CI practitioner, SCIP Institute provides a framework to expand your existing knowledge and provides the opportunity to showcase your skills and abilities to your employers. Get the details here.
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
www.DefenseTalent.com Operates an online job board for the defense, aerospace and homeland security industries
Best Practice Forum: Leading the CI Function
This forum is designed specifically for the CI manager. It delivers innovative, practical solutions to your day-to-day and long term planning challenges that allows your department to stay ahead of the curve and grow its credibility in the organization. Join us to examine the dynamics of integrating CI into an organizational culture, and the tools and processes you can use to leverage your department and organizational talent. The forum environment allows you to explore best practices and key strategies through thought leadership and real world case examples that you can use immediately. The interactive facilitated discussion format provides time for valuable networking, open discussion with your peers and creating actionable, results oriented plans in a peer-to-peer environment. Get the details here.
Using Future Intelligence to Enhance Early Warning, Risk Management, and Innovative New Ideas
In this workshop, participants will learn how futures research, the analysis of long-term trends of society and technology out –five to 20 years, is a natural match for the competitive intelligence professional in his or her goal to help management understand the competition of tomorrow. They will learn case studies of how companies such as Dow Chemical and the Coca-Cola Company incorporate a regular flow of information about the future to understand hidden threats and opportunities. Once participants understand the value of foresight to the organization, they will learn the seven tools every CI practitioner can use to bring their decision makers a perspective on the future. Workshop participants will conduct a futures study - the future of beer - using research that simulates what an actual project would reveal. At the end of the day, those involved will understand how to study a variety of potential futures and present their strategic implications to senior management, adding vital information about the future to your competitive intelligence practice. Get the details here.
Careers in Intelligence
The following listings are jobs with federal agencies and corporations in or supporting the U.S. intelligence community.
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AFIO members and others are invited to consider
new opportunities with MITRE, to see why they are one of Fortune Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For.
If you possess a current Secret (or higher) clearance and a track record of success in any of the following areas:
- Systems Engineering (Sensors, Complex Systems, Biometrics, Networks, Geospatial)
- SIGINT Engineering
- Software & Data Engineering
- Enterprise Architecture
- Information Security & Information Assurance
- Cost and Acquisition Analysis
- Contracts Administration
- Communications Engineers (Missile Defense, SATCOM)
- Electronic and Financial Crime Intelligence Analysis
- Healthcare Informatics
- Homeland Security/Critical Infrastructure Analysis
- Modeling and Simulation Engineering
- Operations Research Analysis
- Organizational Change Management - Communications
- Program Management/Earned Value Management
- Software Packaging/Radia Engineering
- Oracle Financials Development
Contact MITRE to explore new career options. http://www.mitre.org
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A sample of the kinds of organizations that you'll find offering
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