The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) developed the Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (ICCAE) at select universities to help meet the intelligence community's critical need for diverse personnel who possess the technological, analytic and critical language capabilities needed for the 21st Century world. Virginia Tech and Howard University are helping develop the pipeline of qualified candidates through a targeted development of pre-collegiate outreach, national security symposiums, basic research in IC relevant topics, curriculum development, student funding to study abroad, and internship/co-op facilitation with IC agencies, national labs, and related industries.
To apply to join IC-CAE: ICCAE Application (rolling acceptance)
To apply to the IC Scholars program: IC Scholars Application (March 1 deadline)
The ICCAE program is very popular and reaching capacity; we can only retain those students who show commitment and participation in events, volunteering, and office hours. There are two levels of ICCAE participation. Both levels are required to participate in at least 3 events per semester to remain enrolled in the program and to list ICCAE on their resume, and are expected to attend the annual Colloquium in the spring.
IC Scholars receive financial support through the scholarship program and are required to identify a focused area of independent student research related to the IC or National Security, develop and present a research poster at the IC Colloquium and write a final report on the topic.
IC CAE Associates have access to all the speakers and workshops we have and are able to list IC CAE on their resume and online applications which will be a significant help in getting positions. Through this program we can help make the contacts between them and agencies, national labs and private companies involved in National Security work.
Students who participate in this program will garner significant benefits to their educational and long-term career goals by:
Note that the application to internships and jobs is a critical metric for both the ICCAE program and the IC agencies and will help determine whether the program and agency visits are continued. The exception to this is applications to NCS at CIA, where we don't collect information.