Wounded Warrior Internship Program

The Intelligence Community Wounded Warrior Internship Program (ICWWP) is a unique community-wide initiative that aligns with the Department of Defense’s Operation War Fighter (OWF) Program.  ICWWP provides injured, ill, and wounded service members with meaningful work experiences intended to assist with their recuperation and transition into the workforce, through internship opportunities within the IC.  

IC internships provide recovering service members the opportunity to build their resumes with valuable federal government work experience, explore employment interests, and develop additional job skills.  ICWWP identifies and places wounded warriors in a variety of types of internships across the IC based on their military skill sets and interests.  These skills are uniquely correlated to the broad range of career fields across the IC, allowing warriors to continue to serve their country.  Duty schedules for WW participants are dependent on each individual’s treatment schedule. The schedules are flexible so as not to interfere with the service member's medical treatment or adversely affect their well-being and recuperation.  The average length of the temporary assignment is 3-6 months for an average of 20 hours per week.  DIA does not pay a service member's salary, as they are still considered on active duty and therefore paid by their respective service.

On 5 July 2014, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) was proud to be named the Executive Agent of the ICWWP.  DIA provides all source defense intelligence to prevent strategic surprise and deliver a decision advantage to warfighters, defense planners, and policymakers.  This strong connection to the military and servicemen and women creates a unique environment in which returning combat troops can apply their military skills.  

As Executive Agent, DIA will build on the success that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has had by maintaining and enhancing the collaborative and integrated management of the ICWWP enterprise approach that advances the ICWWP through:
  • Facilitating a more effective process to recruit, clear, and assist Wounded Warrior Interns in their recovery and in some cases, permanent transition to the civilian workforce
  • Operating the ICWWP as a service of common concern for the IC
  • Utilizing enhanced, streamlined clearance and pre-screening and processing for the IC
  • Increasing collaboration on internship onboarding and permanent placements
  • Establishing IC-wide wounded warrior common training and mentoring programs. 

DIA is dedicated to increasing collaboration and fostering greater community interaction for the program; the support of IC agencies and partners is vital to the program’s success.  DIA is a proud participant of this initiative and strongly encourages all interested candidates to contact the ICWWP office or representative from their respective medical treatment facilities.  

Participating Agencies

The following organizations participate in the ICWWP and may host warriors for internships: 

Eligibility Criteria

Wounded, ill, or injured Active Duty Service Members, Mobilized Reservists or National Guardsmen assigned to a medical treatment facility are eligible to participate in an IC internship.  Eligible candidates must also receive approval for participation by their Chain of Command and successfully complete a security background investigation, counterintelligence (CI) scope polygraph examination and drug screening.

·       If you are an Active Duty Wounded Warrior interested in an internship outside of the intelligence community, please visit Operation Warfighter to learn more:


·       If you are a Veteran looking for an internship opportunity, please visit the Veterans’ Administration website to learn about the vocational rehabilitation programs:


For additional information about the Wounded Warrior Branch, please contact the ICWWP managers, Mr. Torland Wingfield at (202) 231-3151 or Ms. Bonita Martin at (202) 231-0720, or email the Program office at DIA_ICWWIP@dodiis.mil DIA is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered without regard to non-merit factors, such as race, national origin, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability or sexual orientation.


Providing meaningful work experience to our nation’s service members injured or wounded in the line of duty has never been more important.  IC internships are win-win for recovering service members and the Federal government; warriors build their resumes with valuable federal government work experience and develop additional job skills, while participating agencies benefit from the operational and military perspective of the warrior. 

As a wounded warrior intern, you have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in meaningful work activities outside of the hospital during your transition into the civilian or military workforce
  • Gain valuable federal government work experience and build a resume
  • Explore employment interests and develop additional job skills
  • Work for an average of 3-6 months, min of 20 hrs per week
  • Organize your work schedule so that your internship never interferes with medical treatments
  • Continue to serve the nation and match your interests and military skills to a civilian career field           

ICWWP is always looking for ways to partner with agencies and treatment facilities to support warriors’ recovery.  If you’re interested in learning more about the program or attending an upcoming event, please email DIA_ICWWIP@dia.mil.


Contact Information

Mr. Torland Wingfield

Ms. Bonita Martin


Frequently Asked Questions

Once I have been selected for a temporary OWF assignment, what is the next step?

You will be asked to complete pre-employment documents which include the SF-86 questionnaire for the security background investigation. (Duty uniforms should be worn to the in processing session.)  You must be cleared for (TS\SCI & Counter Intelligence Polygraph) before being granted access to DIA facilities. 

How long will it take to get a security clearance?

The length of the security clearance process depends on your particular background. In general, if you have significant foreign travel, and/or foreign relatives or contacts, the security clearance process can be rather lengthy.  Warriors are pre-screened to determine if they can be cleared quickly.  Our average clearance time is 2 to 3 months.

What is the length of the temporary assignment?

The average length of assignments will vary depending on the service member's situation. The average length of assignments is 3 to 6 months for up to 20 hours per week.  You may continue your internship for as long as you are still on active duty.

What is the role of my mentor?

Your mentor has volunteered to assist you with in-processing logistics and throughout your assignment. Your mentor is available to orient you to your specific office and the Agency, provide guidance on how to perform your specific work duties and generally be available to answer questions you may have.

Does DIA make offers of permanent employment at the conclusion of the assignment?

There is no promise of employment at the completion of an OWF assignment. However, OWF service members who are released from medical hold status, pending separation from military service are considered potential candidates for full time employment with DIA and are eligible for non-competitive direct hire.