Intelligence & Security Careers Week

Event Overview 

Students interested in careers in the intelligence and security field: this week is for you! Come learn from UVA career staff and agency representatives from a number of intelligence organizations about current student opportunities, how to navigate the clearance process, important skills needed in this field, and how to gain access to this competitive and secretive industry. There will be multiple opportunities to learn and network with agency representatives throughout the week’s sessions. Students of ALL years encouraged to attend! US citizenship is required in order to apply to these positions.

Intelligence and Security Careers Week is co-hosted by the Public Service and Government Career Community in the UVA Career Center and Batten Career Services in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

Agenda

Pre-Week Info Sessions


Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Honors Internship Info Sessions

Register here.

The FBI Honors Internship Program is open for applications from August 21 to September 30.  This program is open to all full-time students who maintain a 3.0 (or greater) GPA.  More information about the program can be found at https://www.fbijobs.gov/students/undergrad

  • Wednesday, September 9 | 2-3pm ET
  • Thursday, September 10 | 5:30-6:30pm ET
  • Meet recruiters from the Richmond, VA office

Day 1: Tuesday, September 15


Navigating the Security Clearance Process (11:00am - 12:00pm EST)

Register here through Handshake.

Are you applying to a position that requires a security clearance? Attend this session to learn what experiences and behaviors to avoid so that you move through the process smoothly! This session will also give you the opportunity to walk-through the different steps needed for your clearance and what to expect in that process (e.x. forms, polygraph test, interview, etc.).

Careers in Cybersecurity with Recent Alumni (12:00pm - 1:00pm EST)

Register here through Handshake.

Do you think a career in cybersecurity might be for you? Cybersecurity is an in-demand, dynamic field with job opportunities in a variety of sectors, and a challenging, fast-paced work environment. If you're excited by the prospect of protecting an organization’s digital assets and intelligence from security breaches, find out what typical cybersecurity jobs look like, and learn more about the skills needed for cybersecurity careers.

Resume Review Drop-In Hours with Public Service & Government Career Counselors (1:00pm - 3:00pm EST)

Register here through Handshake.

Planning to attend Friday’s Intelligence & Security Careers Fair? Getting ready to submit your applications for internships or full-time positions? Stop by these drop-in hours to chat with one of our Public Service & Government Career Counselors to do a quick resume review and make sure that your resume is tailored and ready to go for positions in intelligence and security work.

Overview of the Intelligence Community (5:00pm - 6:00pm EST)

Register here through Handshake.

There are many ways to work within the intelligence community. Attend this session to discover the variety of agencies that exist, as well as how to navigate finding information on the types of job and internship opportunities that exist within this industry.

Day 2: Wednesday, September 16th


STEM Careers in Intelligence Panel, (5:00pm - 6:00pm EST)

Register here through Handshake.

With our ever-changing world, companies are continuing to express interest in hiring interns and professionals who have familiarity with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). This panel will discuss the various STEM careers that exist in intelligence work and what skill sets agencies are looking for in candidates.

Day 3: Thursday, September 17th


Diversity in Intelligence Panel, (11:30am - 12:30pm EST)

Register here through Handshake.

Representatives from various agencies will be participating in a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion within the intelligence and security space. Come to this panel to learn more and ask your questions.

Day 4: Friday, September 18th


Intelligence & Security Careers Day, (10:00am - 3:00pm EST)

Register here through Handshake

  • Agency Resume Reviews (10:00 am – 12:00 pm EST): Meet with agency representatives, including some who are UVA alumni, for quick one-on-one resume reviews and application feedback.
  • Career Fair (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST): Connect with representatives from a variety of intelligence agencies through this career fair. Learn about recruiting processes, network with recruiters, and spend some time exploring the various pathways into the intelligence community.

Take a look at this helpful YouTube video that walks you through the Handshake career fair registration process:

 

 


Which Employers are Attending?

We have a great list of employers attending this week’s events. To best prepare for conversations with these employer representatives, it is essential that you do research beforehand and prepare yourself with questions to ask. Use the links below to find more information on the employers who will be in attendance.

  • Accenture Federal Consulting
  • Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
  • Deloitte Government and Public Services Advisory
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (DC-Headquarters)
  • integrateIT
  • LMI
  • Metron
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
  • National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC)
  • National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Novetta
  • Perspecta Systems Integration Inc.
  • United States Secret Service
  • US Department of State

FAQs

What to Expect: 

While you will not be able to walk around and talk with different employers freely in this virtual format, you are still able to connect with many recruiters from organizations in which you are interested.

How do I register?

Each event for the week has its own Handshake link for registration. You can access those links on this page or by searching for the event title on Handshake. Note: you will be required to register for each session you’re interested in separately. For sessions in Zoom, you may also be required to register in Zoom (via links in the Handshake event descriptions) to get access to the event URL. If you have questions about registration, reach out to Elizabeth Wall at emw8g@virginia.edu.  

How do I prepare for the event?

Review the list of employers attending and do a bit of background research on them to have a baseline understanding of what they specialize in and what positions they may be hiring for. Other ways to prepare include practicing your personal pitch and compiling a list of questions for employers (try not to ask questions you can easily find the answer to by Googling).

If you’re unable to attend an event during the week that you are interested in, look to see if those organizations are hosting Information Sessions or other events (these are listed on each company’s Handshake profile), and sign up for one of those.

How do I know which sessions to register for?

We want each student to have a holistic understanding of the intelligence industry and exploring is an important piece of the process. Each session throughout the week will give you an opportunity to learn more about the industry and what different agencies do, gain insider tips on the recruitment process, and network with recruiters.  If you have more questions about what events may be the best for you, consult a Career Counselor during our virtual drop-in advising hours.  

Should I update my resume before Intelligence & Security Careers Day?

It is always a great idea to review your resume before career fairs, but you can still participate in all of these events with or without an updated resume. When updating your resume, make sure to review our online resources on resume tips and on how to build a federal resume.

Do I need to have my camera on?

No, however if you plan on speaking directly with employers, particularly in 1:1 sessions or resume reviews, having your camera on helps establish a personal connection. Make sure to check your technology prior to the event, so you can address any issues that may pop up.

How do I make the most of my time as a first-year student?

Attend the events that you can, especially sessions that will let you learn more about the broader industry, like the Diversity Panel or the Overview of the Intelligence Community session. Use this time to learn and figure out what you value in an organization and in a job. Many of these organizations may also have other events throughout the semester, so pay attention on Handshake so that you can interact with them after the conference too. Finally, many agencies are looking for underclassman students for their internship programs, so take some time to learn more about them and to ask questions from the recruiters!

Questions?

Sign up for an appointment with a Career Counselor through Handshake!

More to Explore

Virtual Drop-In Hours: Wednesday, 12-4pm

One-on-One Counseling: Select "Public Service & Government" from the Handshake appointment...

Schedule a virtual or phone appointment through Handshake, or by calling the UVA Career Center at 434-924-8900 M-F from 8am-5pm.

Connect with alumni for insights about the process of choosing and starting a career in their specific field.