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Do you enjoy problem-solving, analyzing complex issues, or exploring the practical role that research can play in diplomacy? Then a career in intelligence and security may be an area for you to explore! Work within the intelligence community focuses on a wide range of issues, from terrorist financing to drug trafficking, from climate change to foreign technology threats. Positions related to intelligence and national security might involve intelligence analysis, intelligence collection, computer science and cyber security, foreign language translation, communication, and more.

Roles and Work Environment

Opportunities in intelligence and national security can be found across the 18 intelligence community (IC) agencies and within a number of NGO and private sector organizations such as:

Hiring Timelines

Hiring timelines are largely determined by the time it takes to complete the clearance process, which can sometimes take a year to complete. In general, you can expect this industry to open applications 8 - 10 months in advance and have summer internship application deadlines for the following year range from August - November.

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A Day in the Life: Intelligence Analyst

The Federal Resume

Insiders Guide to the Federal Resume &

The federal resume is often required in this industry. Some government agencies utilize which has a resume-building tool to help applicants create a federal resume. Other agencies, such as the CIA or FBI, do not post on USAJobs and often ask for different information. For specific tips on how to write federal resumes, see this resource page:

Federal Resume