Political analysts support US policymakers by producing written assessments of the domestic politics and international relations of foreign governments and entities. They examine these actors' goals and motivations, culture, values, society, and ideologies; their resources and capabilities; their political and decision making processes; the strengths and weaknesses of their strategies for achieving their goals; and the impact of those elements on US interests.
Agency analysts are encouraged to maintain and broaden professional ties through academic study, contacts, and attendance at professional meetings. They may also choose to pursue additional studies in fields relevant to their areas of responsibility. Opportunities exist for language training, analytic and management training, rotational assignments to other offices in the Agency and throughout the US Government, and foreign travel once job experience is acquired.
Candidates with a bachelor's or master's degree in foreign area studies, international relations, political science, history, or national security studies are encouraged to apply. A degree in demography, anthropology, geography, comparative politics, or media studies, combined with an international focus, is also of interest. Candidates proficient in at least one of the languages of their area of expertise (for example, Mandarin Chinese for China specialists, Arabic or Farsi for the Middle East, or Urdu or Hindi for South Asia) and who have some travel or residency in the region are highly desired. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale is required. Competitive candidates typically will have higher GPAs, relevant experience, strong verbal presentation and writing skills, including the demonstrated ability to write clear and concise text, and a keen interest in a career that requires regular writing assignments.
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