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The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) serves as the head of the U.S. Intelligence Community, overseeing and directing the implementation of the National Intelligence Program and acting as the principal advisor to the president, the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council for intelligence matters related to national security. The ODNI is comprised of a headquarters, three national centers – the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the National Counterproliferation Center (NCPC), and the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) – as well as the National Intelligence Council and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).

At the ODNI, we are looking for highly motivated people with an interest in intelligence issues, policy formulation and a dedication to reforming and strengthening our nation’s Intelligence Community. We offer rewarding positions in many areas, including acquisition, analysis, budget and finance, collection, counterintelligence, counterproliferation, counterterrorism, education and training, general counsel, governance and oversight, human capital, information technology, legislative affairs, mission management, mission and infrastructure support, policy and plans, public affairs, and science and technology.

Jobs available with the ODNI are posted on www.dni.gov and www.intelligencecareers.gov. Some positions are also advertised on www.USAJobs.gov. Interested applicants should apply to specific vacancy listings.

Please review each vacancy announcement for the specific application requirements for each position.

The ODNI does not offer internships or scholarships. However, some other IC agencies do provide internships and scholarships. See Student Opportunities.

Because so much of the ODNI's work involves classified material and requires security clearances involving an extensive background investigation, there are no volunteer opportunities available with the ODNI.

  • United States citizenship
  • Medical and psychological examination
  • Extensive background investigation

The total process can take up to six to eight weeks (not including the security clearance process which varies based on the individual). Vacancy announcements are typically advertised for two weeks. Once the vacancy closes, a hiring manager receives all applications within three to five business days for initial screening. The highest ranked candidates are selected for an interview. After interviews are conducted, the hiring manager makes a selection. Finally, a conditional offer of employment is made to the applicant. Medical and security clearances follow. Due to the volume of applications received, applicants will only be contacted if they have been selected for an interview. Please see the ODNI application process.

The security clearance process can take up to four to six months, but will vary per applicant.