How might I go about getting networked in the intelligence community?
I'm interested in foreign policy, politics, international relations and national security. I am also majoring in intelligence management and would love to make this my career. #government #intelligence #national-security
Contrary to popular belief, getting networked within the Intelligence Community is not very hard. Having been part of the community for over twenty years, my best advice would be to apply for internships with the various agencies and departments that are part of the community. This is the best way to get some exposure to the intelligence analyst lifestyle and experience what a career in this line of work will look like, without having to make any drastic commitments. You can find these opportunities advertised on agency and department websites or even at some of the career/job fairs around/near college campuses.
Hello Michael M.
There are multiple approaches to create your own network; a very fast and easy approach is to join the U.S military. The military can help you to obtain a Security Clearance; I served in the United States Army and know of several good friends that obtained good jobs in the Intelligence Community after military deployments. They met “people” that helped them to advance in their career. A different approach is through Law Enforcement. Another approach could be creating a blog; it is very difficult but a good way to display your knowledge in Foreign Policies. Please, let me know if my answer puts the make-up on the clown.