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Published:October 5th, 2008 12:35 EST
Speak the language of intelligence as a CIA linguist

Speak the language of intelligence as a CIA linguist

By SOP newswire

The ability to foster the acquisition and maintenance of foreign language skills is an imperative at the CIA because of the global nature our intelligence gathering efforts. Individuals with superior language skills can contribute to our mission of protecting America through research, examining foreign media and teaching critical language skills to others within the agency. It is an opportunity to leverage your unique skills through a meaningful career for the good of the nation.

Performing a critical and dynamic function within the National Clandestine Service (NCS), the Language Officer applies advanced foreign language skills, experience, and expertise to provide high-quality translation, interpretation, and language-related support for a variety of NCS clandestine operations. In addition to expert language skills, Language Officers provide in-depth cultural insight-an important dimension of the job. Language Officers also work closely with officers in other NCS disciplines, particularly field collectors, to support the overall mission of intelligence acquisition. As with other NCS professions, foreign travel opportunities and certain specialized training are also integral elements of the job.

Minimum requirements include a bachelor`s degree, native or near-native fluency in a foreign language, and a strong interest in international affairs. Candidates must possess sound English language writing skills and good interpersonal and communications skills. As with all NCS professional specializations, the responsibilities of a Language Officer require absolute personal and professional dedication to mission.

All applicants must successfully complete a language test, a thorough medical and psychological evaluation, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. U.S. citizenship is a requirement.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Source:The CIA