Blog 8: Employment with the DIA

This blog will focus on the different components of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and internships for students interested in pursuing a career with the DoD. The audience for this blog are college students majoring in Criminal Justice or with an interest in law enforcement who are specifically interested in a career with the DIA. Many students confuse the mission of DOD and DIA. My previous blog is about DOD and the careers offered with DOD. Although the DIA is support    agency of DOD, the DIA’s primary focus is to provide military intelligence to defense policymakers, military leaders, and the intelligence community about combat and noncombat missions to help collect battlefield intelligence.


Similar to DOD, workforce for DIA includes both civilian and military employees including employees from Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and DOD civilians. The director of DIA is Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart who rotates every three years between Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. The agency has four main directorates and five intelligence centers across the world. The directorates are directorates of analysis, operations, science & technology, and directorate for mission services. The agency’s intelligence centers are located in U.S., Asia/Pacific, Europe/Eurasia, Middle East/Africa, and a defense combating terrorism center. The agency currently has more than 16,500 employees working worldwide to successfully complete the mission.

The agency hires applicants in five areas: collections, analysis, information systems, operational support, foreign languages, and military. Collection includes collecting human source intelligence (HUMINT) through talking and engaging with people from foreign cultures. Analysis includes analyzing foreign intelligence information to help understand intentions of foreign governments and entities. Analysts will be analyzing wide variety of information including military capabilities, weapons of mass destruction intelligence, scientific and technical intelligence, transportation and logistics intelligence, missile and space intelligence, medical intelligence etc. The analysis reports are sent to military officials and the intelligence community to help in decision making. Another critical area to successfully accomplish the agency’s mission is information systems. Information Systems include developing high secure systems that enable the employees to safely secure and collect intelligence information. Operational Support is another critical area which entails ensuring that employees have effective resources to successfully complete their mission. Lastly, DIA looks to hire candidates who are fluent in many targeted languages. Intelligence officers often use their language skills to communicate with foreigners and to read and listen to intelligence information. The list of targeted languages can be found on this link:

The agency offers many internship programs for undergraduate and graduate students. Here’s a list of the programs offered:

  • Academic Semester Internship Program
  • Cooperative Education Program
  • National Intelligence Scholars Program
  • Operation Warfighter Initiative
  • Summer Intern Program
  • Undergraduate Training Assistance Program
  • Workforce Recruitment Program
  • Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART)

Detailed information and requirements for these programs can be found on this link:

Interested applicants should also watch this video which provides an overview of the agency:

Students should apply early as the positions and internships do require Top Secret Clearance which can take a while  depending on student life history. Vacancies with the agency can be searched using this link: Getting accepted with the agency will open many doors for applicants and will make them very competitive when applying to other intelligence agencies.


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