What We Do

Officers in the Directorate of Intelligence (DI) are on the forefront of protecting U.S. national security interests in a fast-changing world. As a DI analyst, your challenge is to anticipate and quickly assess rapidly evolving international developments and their impact, both positive and negative, on U.S. policy concerns.

The intelligence support that DI officers develop and provide through written products such as the President’s Daily Brief and the World Intelligence Review (WIRe), as well as through other methods is a core function of the Agency. While the CIA does not make foreign policy, our analysis of intelligence on overseas developments feeds into the informed decisions by policymakers and other senior decisionmakers in the national security and defense arenas.

As an analyst, your expertise will make you part of a process that reaches right to the top of national policy decisions. CIA is a vital part of the nation’s Intelligence Community, both advising and receiving oversight from the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government.

Working closely with analysts, our multimedia producers, graphics designers, and cartographers craft products that convey our analytic judgments more effectively. From computer simulations to multi-dimensional maps, graphics specialists draw on their creative expertise to play an active and unique role in supporting the DI’s intelligence mission.

The DI’s mission to analyze a diverse set of countries, issues, and cultures means we look for individuals with a variety of academic backgrounds and disciplines from a variety of institutions. A limited number of undergraduate internships, graduate fellowships, and minority student programs are available. Through the Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program, a limited number of scholarships are awarded to highly qualified students specializing in critical subject areas who want to work as DI analysts. All our employees must be US citizens. If you are looking for the chance to contribute, if you like intellectual challenges, if you thrive on a fast-paced environment, and if you want to make a difference, then a career in the DI* may be for you.


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