When you take care of the nation, the nation takes care of you.

A career in the Intelligence Community is rewarding in more ways than one. While the intrinsic rewards are many, the benefits packages offered through each agency will help you and your family maintain a stable, secure lifestyle. The Intelligence Community also is committed to providing opportunities for you to learn, grow and explore new paths. The IC isn't just a place to work, it's a place to build your career.

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  • Paid Time Off: The Intelligence Community offers generous and flexible paid time off policies to give you the time you need to take care of business outside of the office.
  • Health and Life Insurance: Federal health and life insurance plans offer flexible options to customize your plan to your requirements.
  • Federal Retirement Plans: Whether you plan to work forever or you have a date firmly in mind, federal retirement benefits will help you stay secure in your retirement years.

Intelligence Community agencies offer various career development resources to prepare employees for the next steps in their careers. Career paths and training roadmaps are used to identify the training, assignments and competencies employees need to continue to expand their knowledge and progress in their careers.

Two popular opportunities are:

National Intelligence University

The National Intelligence University (NIU) is a regionally accredited degree-granting institution administered by the Defense Intelligence Agency for the Intelligence Community.

Open to employees of all IC organizations, students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Intelligence, a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence, or a Master of Science in Technology Intelligence. In addition to the three degree programs, NIU offers a variety of graduate certificates.

Upon completion of study, graduates return to their home organization with an understanding of the importance of intelligence integration. National security professionals may study either part or full time, depending on the policies of their home organization. Currently located at DIA headquarters on Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., NIU will relocate to Bethesda, M.D., in 2016.

NIU is the only institution of higher education in the United States that allows its students to study and complete research in the Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (TS/SCI) arena.

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Intelligence Community Civilian Joint Duty Program

The Intelligence Community Civilian Joint Duty (JD) Program allows IC employees to immerse themselves in other IC organizations to expand their knowledge and prepare them for higher levels of responsibility.

Upon completion of a rotation, employees return to their home organization to apply what they've learned. For more information, visit

In addition, the IC is committed to policies that allow you to balance your career and your personal life, such as flexible scheduling and generous leave programs that allow you to get the very best of both worlds. IC member agencies customize benefit packages to meet employee needs. Visit the following pages for more details about specific agency offerings.