Career Guide

Security & Intelligence

A career in intelligence involves collecting, analyzing, and distributing information for strategic and tactical purposes. Careers in security are increasingly shaped by advances in technology, as well as economic, environmental, and social factors. Understanding how these issues work together and play against each other is critical for understanding and explaining emerging threats. Jobs in security and intelligence require the ability to quickly evaluate and synthesize large amounts of information to make credible recommendations to political, military, and industry leaders. Governments remain the largest employer of international security professionals, but opportunities also exist with think tanks, private contractors, and non-governmental organizations.

Pro Tip:

A previous security clearance, even if expired, is an advantage when applying for intelligence positions. Look for internships that would sponsor a security clearance.

Skill Sets & Experience

  • Critical thinking

  • Quantitative analysis

  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral

  • Overseas experience

  • Foreign language proficiency (especially non-European languages)

  • Ability to pass a security clearance

  • Regional expertise

  • Military experience