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DIA hosted its first virtual College Day event on April 22. Conducted by the Office of Human Resources on Microsoft Teams, the three-hour recruitment event featured presentations from representatives of DIA’s 10 career fields to encourage fresh talent to apply for employment at the Agency.
Gregory Manora, a senior expert with the Human Capital Strategy, Integration and Policy Branch of OHR, welcomed participants to the event. “This is a great opportunity for you to hear about the Defense Intelligence Agency and what it has to offer, but more importantly, to hear about what you can do in service to the Nation should you choose this line of work for your career.”
Following the welcome, the OHR team provided a brief overview of DIA’s mission, values and role in the Intelligence Community. They also highlighted the many benefits afforded to DIA employees, such as the ability to work around the globe, the civilian fitness program, and career-broadening opportunities.
Due to the classified nature of the Agency’s work, DIA faces a unique challenge when hosting career recruitment events. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, DIA developed and enhanced its capability to conduct activities in a virtual, unclassified environment. For some career field presentations, this led to more generalized and restricted descriptions of day-to-day activities.
Representatives from each of the career fields split up into groups based on specialty and delivered presentations during the first half of the event. The first group consisted of the Analysis, Human Intelligence, Counterintelligence, Mission Management, and Science and Technology career fields. The presentations concluded with a Q&A session where students asked questions about topics ranging from foreign language requirements to career development opportunities.
The second group featured representatives from the Office of Management & Infrastructure, Human Services, Finance and Acquisition, Information Technology, and Security career fields. Students were then provided with another opportunity to ask questions to the experts.
The second half of the event outlined the various internship opportunities at DIA, covering program requirements and application instructions.
DIA’s virtual College Day event provided a wealth of information for prospective employees. The next College Day is currently planned for Fall 2021. Employees are encouraged to share the next event with any interested college students. To learn more about job opportunities and internship programs at DIA, visit the Careers and Internships page.