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How Does My Foreign Language Background Fit at CIA Transcript

If you’re like me, you want to use your foreign language skills for something meaningful — something bigger than yourself. The CIA is the perfect place to make this happen. Here, your talents make it possible for us to safeguard the national security of America through the collection and production of critical foreign intelligence for the President and senior policymakers. When I come to work each day, I know that I am contributing to a mission greater than myself.

I speak Chinese [spoken in Mandarin]
I speak Russian [spoken in Russian]
I speak Arabic [spoken in Arabic]

So, if you have a strong foreign language fluency, you might be wondering where you could fit in at the CIA.

You could systematically collect and evaluate foreign media and publications for open source intelligence as an Open Source Collection Officer.

Another great fit would be a Foreign Language Instructor, where you would help CIA officers learn the foreign language skills and cross-cultural awareness they need to effectively conduct clandestine operations while living abroad.

You could also be a Targeting Analyst. In this role, you would be producing a range of sophisticated targeting intelligence products, as well as analytic support for US policymakers, senior military officials and law enforcement agencies, for various threats to US national security.

Or, you could serve in the Directorate of Operations, where you would help with the clandestine collection and dissemination of intelligence from human sources. This means you would be directly involved with some of the most sensitive work this nation performs. DO Language Officers produce high-quality, accurate and timely translations, interpretations and other language-related support, as well as cultural expertise, to DO clandestine operations.

No matter what professional path you choose, a career in the CIA will give you a unique role in keeping not only the United States, but the world, safer.

You have a lot of career choices in the CIA. Now, the only question is:

Where do you want to serve?

For more information on available opportunities, please visit

Posted: Feb 13, 2019 02:28 PM
Last Updated: Feb 13, 2019 02:28 PM

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