Washington/Baltimore HIDTA Intelligence Analyst Fellowship Program


The W/B HIDTA announces the availability of intelligence analyst fellowships. Law enforcement and approved criminal agencies in the W/B HIDTA region nominate intelligence analysts for these fellowships, and the W/B HIDTA selects from the nominees based on their background, expertise, and area of interest.

Questions about the IAF Program should be sent to John Cook, Deputy Director, W/B HIDTA Investigative Support Center, at JCook@WB.HIDTA.org

Details: The W/B HIDTA and each participating law enforcement or approved criminal justice agency will establish an agreement through which the W/B HIDTA provides funds to cover all training costs, and a secret-level clearance. Each participating agency agrees to pay the fellow’s salary and fringe benefits.

Formal training includes courses such as, but is not limited to:

·     Basic Intelligence Analyst Training (Arizona HIDTA or FLEAT)

·     Basic Historical Cell Site Analysis Course

·     Strategic Writing Course

·     Exploitation and Monitoring of Social Media for Law Enforcement

·     National Domestic Communications Assistance Center (NDCAC) – Multiple Cell Phone Analysis Courses

·     ArcGIS – Geospatial Analysis

·     W/B HIDTA and Los Angeles HIDTA Training Courses: Cell Phone Analysis /Social Media Training

·     Semantic AI – Platform to Perform Analysis

Job Training Includes:

·     PenLink PLX

·     Communication Analysis Portal (CAP)

·     Analyst Notebook i2

·     Cellebrite/ XRY

·     ODMAP- Advanced

The W/B HIDTA determines the number, type and length of fellowships it will support based on the quality of applications, analytical priorities, and the availability of funds. The IAF lasts up to three years and is renewable on an annual basis. A fellow may be reappointed based on annual performance reviews, funding availability, and agreements between the W/B HIDTA and the fellow’s law enforcement or criminal justice agency.

Hours and Location: Fellows work 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. They will earn and take leave/holidays based upon their participating agency’s policies and procedures.

Fellows work primarily at the W/B HIDTA offices in Baltimore, MD or in Reston, VA. At times, fellows may work in the field or at another W/B HIDTA-approved location.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fellows may work remotely until onsite working at W/B HIDTA resumes.

Intelligence Analyst Fellows Duties: Intelligence Analyst Fellows perform a range of intelligence analyst duties including, but not limited to, developing strategic, operational, and tactical intelligence products. Fellows may focus their efforts on their own agency’s intelligence work. They must work effectively and independently, while serving as part of a larger analytical team. Fellows plan and schedule their work based on defined objectives, tasks, and priorities with the review and approval of the Investigative Support Center’s Deputy Director.

Applying for a W/B HIDTA Intelligence Analyst Fellowship

Law enforcement and approved criminal justice agencies must recommend intelligence analysts for selection to IAF positions. The agency must submit its application package to John Cook, Deputy Director, W/B HIDTA Investigative Support Center, at JCook@WB.HIDTA.org by January 1st of each year.

Before law enforcement agencies can nominate them, candidates must provide their agency with the following:

·     Completed application form – DOWNLOAD HERE

·     Statement of interest (1,000 word maximum) that describes the applicant’s background and qualifications, basis for interest in the fellowship — including issues of interest and skills to be acquired — and career goals, including how the fellowship would support these goals.

·     Resume

The candidate’s law enforcement agency is responsible for submitting these materials to John Cook, Deputy Director, W/B HIDTA Investigative Support Center, at JCook@WB.HIDTA.org for review and consideration.

Upon consideration of all applications, Deputy Director Cook and HIDTA staff may reach out to interview qualified candidates. The W/B HIDTA chooses candidates based on their background and experience.

The selection process is highly competitive. When considering applying, please keep in mind the following qualifications:

·     Degree. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

·     Reasoning ability. Fellows must be able to work independently, accurately, and employ critical thinking skills.

·     Communication skills. Candidates must be able to communicate orally and in writing to prepare comprehensive reports, proposals, and evaluations; and to make recommendations to accomplish and enhance HIDTA objectives.

·     Background check. Successful completion and approval of all required HIDTA profile and pre-screening paperwork, security reviews, and background investigations (such as credit and criminal investigations) are required. Candidates must be able to obtain a secret level clearance. The W/B HIDTA will pay all expenses for the candidate’s clearance process.

·     Citizenship. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents.