How to Join the Security and Intelligence Program at Chicago State University

How to Add the Undergraduate Minor Concentration in Security and Intelligence Studies

Undergraduate students in good academic standing who have successfully completed CSU's qualifying examinations in English composition and reading may add the Security and Intelligence Studies minor concentration to any major program of study.   To add the minor, please complete the form available online here or download the form here.  The minor code for the Security and Intelligence Studies program is "SIS."   Please contact Ms. Danielle Barefield (  773-995-5099) in order to submit the form. 


Internships at CINSER

The Internship Experience

Participants in the Security and Intelligence Studies program are encouraged to participate in an internship with an intelligence or security agency and may receive academic credit for the internship by taking the following course:

SIS 4990/5990 - INTERNSHIP IN INTELLIGENCE (3) Minimum of 100 hours working in an intelligence agency or on an intelligence project in order to demonstrate intelligence knowledge, skills and abilities in a non-academic setting. The outcome of this experience will culminate in a portfolio outlining the student’s knowledge and expertise relating to the field of Intelligence. Prerequisite(s): SIS 4050, SIS 4060 and SIS 4070 

What Can I Gain from an Internship?

Internships provide practical experience doing real-world security and intelligence work in the context of an international, national, regional, state or local agency or company.   In an internship, you can apply the academic knowledge you have learned in coursework to solve real-world problems and begin to build a professional network in the security and intelligence field. In an internship, your work is guided by an experienced professional working in the field.  Internships in security and intelligence can be found in the government, military, non-profit and private sectors.

Factors to Consider in Evaluating an Internship Opportunity

Factors to consider when looking for an internship:

- What is the nature of the work for this internship? Do I have the necessary, skills, education and training to be successful at the internship and to fully benefit from this internship? 

- Do I meet the eligibility requirements (e.g. minimum GPA, academic level, major, etc.) for the internship?

- How much time in my schedule can I devote to an internship? Is it a full time internship or a part time internship?

- Is the internship paid or unpaid?

- What is the duration of the internship experience? Is it for one summer? Six months? A year?

- What is the agency or organization offering the internship? Do I want to gain experience at this agency? Is this an agency where I would like to work someday?  

- What do I want to learn from this internship experience? Does the description of the internship activity match the experience that I want to achieve in the security and intelligence field?

- Does the internship require a security clearance? Am I able to acquire a security clearance?  Have I applied for the internship far enough in advance to receive a security clearance in time to start the internship?

- Can I devote the necessary time in researching and applying for internships?  

- Do I have the necessary workplace dispositions (work ethic, professionalism, etc.) in order to successfully complete an internship?

How to Find an Internship


Finding an internship requires an investment in time and energy.  Internships in the intelligence community often require a security clearance and must be applied for nearly a year in advanced.  Start to plan for your internship well in advance in the term that you want to complete it.  You can start your quest for the perfect internship in many ways.  Below, is a list of internships related to security and intelligence which can get you started.  There are additional links to the internship pages of agencies.


(1) Click here for a sample list of internship opportunities in security and intelligence.  


(2) More internship opportunities are below: (USAID) (CIA) (Chamber of Commerce) (USCIS) (Congressional Research Service) (DIA Summer Intern) (DIA NSEP) (Dept of Commerce) (USTR) (FCC Clyburn) (FCC) (FCC Enforcement Bureau) (FCC Office GC) (FCC Office of Legislative Affairs) (FCC Office of Managing Director) (FCC Strategic) (FCC Wireless Telco) (Partnership Center) (NIST)


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