CIA analysts are skilled subject-matter experts who study and evaluate information from all available sources—classified and unclassified—and then analyze it to provide timely and objective assessments. Their main customers are the President and his senior advisers.
Intelligence analysts must be plugged into the cutting edge of fast-paced global change. Information constantly flows in from around the world, including satellite surveillance, foreign broadcasts, and human contacts, and analysts must quickly sift through data that is often inconsistent and incomplete. This is like putting together the pieces of a puzzle received at different times, from different places, and with pieces of other puzzles mixed in.
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Do You Have What it Takes?
These qualities are critical for success:
- Problem solving: Have an impact by helping US policymakers as they take on the United States' most challenging foreign relations challenges. Be prepared to think critically and creatively.
- Strong communication skills: Present analysis directly and concisely to customers with limited time. An ability to write and speak clearly is vital.
- Teamwork: Collaborate to pool expertise and provide comprehensive answers to questions of national security concern. Intelligence analysis is a team sport that yields a corporate product with no single person's name on it.
The analysts who work at the Central Intelligence Agency are some of the brightest people in the country, but what truly makes their contributions outstanding is the integrity and objectivity they bring to it. They do this not to gain public accolades or recognition, but because the country and the President relies on them to connect the dots to craft the story and tell it like it is.
Undergraduate and Graduate student internship positions working as Intelligence analysts are available. As a student intern you are part of a team of analysts, doing the same work as a full-time officer. CIA offers employment for students throughout the year, not just during the summer. Applications should be submitted at least 9-12 months before the desired start date.
The CIA also has a needs-based scholarship for qualifying undergraduate and graduate students—the Undergraduate Scholarship Program and the Graduate Scholarship Program—that apply to analytic students.
CIA has the following analytic career tracks:
Analytic Methodologist. Would you like to develop and use quantitative techniques to improve and complement qualitative intelligence analysis? Methodologists come from a wide variety of backgrounds in statistics, polling, econometrics, mathematics, and geospatial modeling, and add rigor and precision to the Agency's overall intelligence analysis and collection.
Counterintelligence Threat Analyst. Interested in protecting the US Government from foreign intelligence operations? Counterintelligence analysts look for vulnerabilities and threats posed by emerging technologies that can be exploited by foes of the US.
Counterterrorism Analyst. Want to safeguard Americans against terrorist attacks? Counterterrorism analysts warn of terrorist threats by assessing the leadership, motivations, plans, and intentions of foreign terrorist groups and their state and nonstate sponsors.
Cyber Threat Analyst. Tired of hearing about foreign countries and others hacking US computer systems? Help stop them as a cyber threat analyst using technical skills—such as digital forensics—to identify, monitor, assess, and counter threats from foreign cyber actors against US information systems and critical infrastructure.
Economic Analyst. Want to use your expertise to analyze economic trends and developments in foreign countries, terrorist groups, or crime syndicates? Economic analysts have a front row seat to watch how money makes the world go round and assess foreign economic, trade, and financial issues that affect US national security.
Intelligence Collection Analyst. Would you like to know where intelligence comes from and figure out how to get the most from the intelligence we have and more of what we need? Collection analysts drive the flow of intelligence information and provide policymakers and analysts the data needed to understand and analyze key issues.
- Leadership Analyst. Are you interested in helping US policymakers understand their foreign counterparts? Leadership analysts produce assessments of foreign leaders and other key decision-makers in the political, economic, military, science and technology, social, and cultural fields to offer US policymakers insights on their foreign counterparts.
Military Analyst. Are you a military junky who enjoys learning about military forces, strategies, operations, and technologies? Military analysts help US policymakers stay on top of threats by following today's foreign military and technical developments that affect another country's ability to wage war or to threaten regional or international stability.
Open Source/Foreign Media Analyst. Do you have proficiency in a foreign language and an interest in how the media organizes and shapes public opinion? Open source analysts apply foreign language and area knowledge to review and assess foreign-based websites, social media, and traditional press sources to identify trends, patterns, and relationships.
Political Analyst. Interested in delving into another country's politics, foreign policy, stability, and social issues? Political analysts look at political, social, cultural, and historical information to provide assessments about foreign political systems and developments.
Science, Technology & Weapons Analyst. Want to use your technical degree to get at the science behind foreign weapons and technical developments that might threaten the US? Science, technology, and weapons analysts use their unique knowledge to identify and analyze weapons proliferation and proliferators; conventional weapons systems; chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; information warfare; computer systems; and energy security.
Targeting Analyst. Do you enjoy getting down into the weeds of an organization and identifying the people and operations that make it tick? Targeting analysts use network analysis techniques and specialized analytic tools to identify, detail, and help dismantle key figures and organizations who pose a threat to US interests.