The application process varies depending on the agency and career area. If you already have a security clearance, a successful application to an intelligence community job can be as simple as going to a career fair and landing a position on the spot. It can also take longer than one year and involve several interviews. Most agencies have established programs in a variety of career areas for recent graduates, and many intelligence agencies have internship programs for students. Internship deadlines are often early, because interns generally must receive a security clearance before beginning work. Many intelligence agencies maintain comprehensive online application systems, separate from USAJOBS.
Positions in the intelligence community tend to be very competitive. Foreign languages, foreign area experience, and military experience can help your application get noticed by hiring officials. In addition to internships, certain fellowships and scholarships can also help you along the path to a career in the intelligence community. Inquire about these scholarships at the career center.