• Officers in the counterintelligence (CI) career field perform a wide variety of tasks in support of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) mission. From technical operations to insider threat investigations, officers in the CI career field safeguard the Nation from foreign adversarial threats.


Experience, leadership, integrity, teamwork, and dedication are all traits military personnel already possess. DIA recognizes the values and service of these unique men and women and offers many opportunities for them to continue their careers and serve the nation.

Servicemen and women who join DIA have the opportunity to work in one of the agency's many disciplines, from becoming an analyst to working in professional capacities that meet their interests and experiences. DIA strongly encourages veteran candidates to apply to any of the positions that interest them. To further explore our many career paths, please visit our Career Fields section.

Veterans who apply are also eligible for Veterans’ Preference. To learn more about Veterans’ Preference, click here.

More information on benefits for veterans and servicemen and women is available on our Benefits page, as well as on

DIA also has a specific program for Wounded Warriors. Check below for more information.

DIA established its Wounded Warrior Program (WWP) in support of the Intelligence Community Wounded Warrior Program (ICWWP) in 2009. DIA’s WWP provides wounded, ill, or injured active duty service members with meaningful work experiences intended to assist with their recuperation and transition into the workforce, through DIA-wide internship opportunities. 

DIA Wounded Warrior interns possess strong research, analytical and technical skills. They work as intelligence officers, scientists, engineers, information technology specialists, acquisition specialists, human resource professionals and public affairs specialists. 

In order to participate as an intern in the WWP at DIA, you must:

  • Be a wounded, ill, or injured active duty service member, mobilized reservist or National Guardsman assigned to a military treatment facility.

  • Eligible candidates must also receive approval for participation by their Operation Warfighter chain of command, successfully complete a security background investigation and counterintelligence scope polygraph examination.

  • Have a desire to continue to serve the nation and match your interests and military skills to a career field.

IC internships are a 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. Duty schedules for WW participants are dependent on each individual’s treatment schedule. 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. The agency to which the WW is assigned does not pay a service member's salary, as they are still considered on active duty and therefore paid by their respective service.


The IC Wounded Warrior Internship Program (ICWWP) is a unique IC initiative that aligns with the DOD'S  Operation War Fighter (OWF) Program and the 17 IC agencies. ICWWP provides wounded, ill and injured active duty service members with meaningful work experiences intended to assist with their recuperation and transition into the workforce, through internship opportunities within the IC.

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.

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.

In order to participate in an IC internship, you must:

  • Be a wounded, ill, or injured active duty service member, Mobilized Reservist or National Guardsmen assigned to a military treatment facility.
  • Receive approval from your chain of command.
  •  Successfully complete a security background investigation, counterintelligence (CI) scope polygraph examination and drug screening. Please note that you and your immediate family members must be U.S. citizens; security clearances are not granted to individuals who are dual citizens or who possess dual citizenship of the U.S., etc.
  • Have a desire to continue to serve the nation and match your interests and military skills to a career field.
  • Whatever your field, there are opportunities around the world that will challenge you as you make substantial contributions to protecting our national security. If you meet the eligibility requirements above and are interested in participating in a ICWWP Internship.

ICWWP hosts several annual outreach events for warriors to interact with participating agencies and learn about internships opportunities. Participating IC agencies may also host their own internship fairs and events to expand on their unique internship opportunities.

ICWWP is a voluntary program, which provides warriors with professional skills, and experience that facilitates their transition from military to civilian workforce. ICWWP is always looking for ways to collaborate with agencies and treatment facilities to support warriors’ recovery.


Warriors are uniquely suited for working at DIA because our agency benefits from the operational and military perspective they bring to the job as they continue to serve their country. The DIA WWP fosters collaboration and integration throughout the agency in order to identify and places Wounded Warriors based on their military skill sets and interests into internships.

Work schedules for WWP participants are dependent on each individual’s treatment schedule. The internship schedules are flexible so as not to interfere with the service member's medical treatment or adversely affect their well-being and recuperation.

No. WWP participants are paid by their respective service.

The average length of the temporary assignment is 3-8 months for an average of 20 hours per week. Some assignments can last up to 3 years.

No. Whatever your military skillset or career field, DIA has opportunities around the world that will challenge you and ensure you continue to make substantial contributions to protecting our national security.

Pending an internship assessment, Wounded Warriors will have the opportunity for placement into the hiring pool. Placement will allow DIA organizations to place a bid on you joining their organization. Please know that a job is not guaranteed when you become a DIA intern.


  The IC is a complex community united under a single goal: national security. For a list of participating IC agencies and their unique missions, please see below. 

The ODNI was established by a 2004 act of Congress to lead the integration of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). The Director of National Intelligence is appointed by the President to serve as the principal advisor to the President, the National Security Council, and the Homeland Security Council for intelligence matters related to national security. The staff elements of ODNI include the National Counterterrorism Center, the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive, and the National Counter-proliferation Center, each responsible for IC-wide coordination and support, as well as offices that set policy for the IC. The ODNI’s focus is to promote its vision of a more integrated and collaborative IC.

The CIA is responsible for providing national security intelligence to senior U.S. policymakers. The CIA:

  • Collects information that reveals the plans, intentions, and capabilities of our adversaries and provides the basis for decision and action.
  • Produces timely analysis that provides insight, warning and opportunity to the President and decision makers charged with protecting and advancing America’s interests. 
  • Conducts covert action at the Direction of the President to preempt threats or achieve U.S. policy objectives. 

All organizational elements of the CIA – whether they be analytical, operational, technical or mission support oriented – jointly share these responsibilities and serve side-by-side carrying out its intelligence mission.

The FBI protects and defends the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, upholds and enforces the criminal laws of the United States, and provides leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners. The FBI is headquartered in Washington, DC with 56 field offices in major cities and smaller offices throughout the United States, and more than 60 international offices, known as “Legal Attaches,” in embassies worldwide. In more than 100 locations worldwide, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces – composed of members from local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies – share information and conduct operations to prevent and dismantle terrorist plots.

The NGA collects information about the Earth for navigation, national security, U.S. military operations, and humanitarian aid efforts. NGA, which is also part of the Department of Defense, has facilities in Springfield, Virginia (headquarters), St. Louis, Missouri, and Washington, DC as well as support teams worldwide.

The NRO, a Department of Defense (DoD) agency, supports U.S. Government’s intelligence needs by providing space born- reconnaissance. The NRO is staffed by DoD and IC personnel and is funded through the National Intelligence Program and the Military Intelligence Program consistent with the priorities and processes established by the Director of National Intelligence and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. The existence of NRO was declassified by the Deputy Secretary of Defense on September 18, 1992.

The NSA is the U.S.’s cryptologic organization responsible for protecting U.S. national security information systems and collecting and disseminating foreign signals intelligence. Areas of expertise include cryptanalysis, mathematics, computer science, and foreign language analysis. NSA is part of the Department of Defense, and staffed by a combination of civilian and military personnel. NSA’s main headquarters is located in Fort Meade, Maryland.

The DEA is responsible for enforcing the controlled substance laws and regulations of the U.S. DEA’s Office of National Security Intelligence (ONSI) is the only component of DEA that is an IC member. ONSI’s mission is to facilitate intelligence coordination and national security-related information sharing with other members of the IC and homeland security elements. Its goals are to enhance the U.S.’s efforts to reduce the supply of drugs, protect national security, and combat global terrorism.

The Department of Energy’s Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence is responsible for U.S. energy policy and nuclear safety and provides timely technical intelligence analyses on all aspects of foreign nuclear weapons, nuclear materials and energy issues worldwide.

DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis is responsible for using information and intelligence from multiple sources to identify and assess current and future threats to the U.S. Although the following components are not part of the IC, DHS also conducts intelligence activities through U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, Transportation Security Administration, Secret Service, and Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) provides all-source intelligence support to the Secretary of State and other State Department policymakers, including ambassadors, special negotiators, country directors, and desk officers. INR is responsible for intelligence analysis, policy, and coordination of intelligence activities in support of diplomacy.

The Office of Intelligence and Analysis supports the formulation of policy and execution of Treasuryauthorities by providing expert analysis and intelligence production on the financial and other support networks for terrorist groups, proliferators, and other key national security threats.

The Army’s principal intelligence staff officer and functional manager for intelligence is the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, also known as the Army G-2. Within the IC, the Army is represented by the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. INSCOM provides, all-source intelligence to Army Commands and other IC agencies at all levels.

The Office of Naval Intelligence is America's premier maritime intelligence serive and a core element of the U.S. Navy's Information Warfare community. ONI possesses unmatched knowledge of the maritime operating environment and delivers penetrating understanding of threats to America's security to national decision makers and the fleet. Establised in 1882, ONI is the nation's longest-serving intelligence agency. 

The Marine Corps’ intelligence Department conducts intelligence, counterintelligence, terrorism, and cryptologic activities. The Marine Corps’ Director of Intelligence is its principal intelligence staff officer. The Marine Corps Intelligence Activity in Quantico, Virginia is the service production center.

The Air Force Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) Enterprise is the Air Force component of the Intelligence Community. Led by the Deputy Chief of Staff ISR, the mission of Air Force ISR is to enhance global vigilance, reach and power by integrating ISR capabilities across the air, space, and cyberspace domains in order to gain timely, accurate information required by commanders and decision makers to further U.S. national interests.

The Coast Guard is a component of the Department of Homeland Security. The Coast Guard provides timely, actionable, and relevant intelligence and criminal investigative expertise and services to shape Coast Guard operations, planning and decision making, and support homeland security intelligence requirements.