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

Your Time. Your Calling. Your University.

The National Intelligence University serves the IC, DoD, and broader federal government as the accredited academic institution where government civilians and service members can apply their professional experience, learn, and research in a classified environment. Through rigorous and applicable curriculums, delivered by faculty with real-world analytic or operational experience, the NIU is preparing today's leaders for tomorrow's challenges.

As the IC's university, the NIU welcomes students, research fellows, and faculty from across the federal government to advance the intelligence profession through a holistic, integrative, and contextual approach. Intelligence and national security professionals thrive in this academic setting, addressing challenges and sharing solutions by publishing and presenting research that contributes to the intelligence missions.

The NIU offers a bachelor's degree completion program, two master's degrees with relevant concentrations, and a certificate program with topical or regional focuses. NIU's main campus is located in Bethesda, Maryland with other academic centers located globally.

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.