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 (dbarefie@csu.edu  773-995-5099) in order to submit the form. 

Security Clearance Course Available

Many military and federal level jobs (and internships) in intelligence require employees to possess a security clearance - a status that permits the employee to view classified information.   Obtaining a security clearance is a lengthy process.   CINSER has developed a self-paced, short course on negotiating the security clearance process.  To take the course, please send an email request to cinser@csu.edu.

Scholarships

Boren Scholarships

"Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena."

The deadline for applications is February 8, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.  For more information and instructions on how to apply, please see  https://www.borenawards.org/scholarships/program-basics/boren-scholarship-basics

Summer 2018 Internship Opportunities - Apply NOW

U.S. Department of State - Critical Languages Scholarship Summer Program 2018

"The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.  

CLS, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. CLS plays an important role in preparing students for the 21st century's globalized workforce and increasing national competitiveness.

The application is now live and available online at:  http://www.clscholarship.org/apply

Applications are due November 15, 2017 by 7:59pm EST."

The flyer is available here

 


Department of Energy Scholars Summer Internship Program 2018

 

"The DOE Scholars Program introduces students or recent college graduates  to DOE's mission and operations. 

Disciplines: Intelligence fields (counterintelligence, cyber, analysis); engineering; physical sciences; environmental sciences; computer science and information technology; physics; business; policy; program management; mathematics; statistics; safety and health; accounting and finance; law; communications; and other related areas.

Eligibility: U.S. Citizens Only. Undergraduate or graduate student of an accredited institute of higher education. Must be capable of qualifying for a TOP SECRET Security Clearance.
Location: Office of Intelligence and Counterintelligence in Washington, D.C.
Duration: DOE Scholars internships are typically during the summer months and are approximately 10 weeks in length. Limited extensions may be granted based on the
needs of the facility and the intern’s availability.
Deadline: Applications accepted October 16, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. EST, December 15, 2017.
Benefits: Stipends are a minimum of $600 per week based on academic level plus a $50 per week local transportation allowance.

Application instructions are available here.

Internships

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:

 

https://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/careers/student-internships/general-counsel (USAID)

 https://www.cia.gov/careers/student-opportunities/undergraduate-students.html (CIA)

 http://www.amu.apus.edu/career-services/internships/federal-agencies/ (Chamber of Commerce)

 https://www.uscis.gov/history-and-genealogy/our-history/internship-opportunity (USCIS)

 http://www.loc.gov/crsinfo/opportunities/volunteer.html (Congressional Research Service)

 http://www.dia.mil/Careers/Students/Summer-Intern-Bulletin/ (DIA Summer Intern)

 http://www.dia.mil/Careers/Students/National-Security-Education-Program/ (DIA NSEP)

 http://hr.commerce.gov/Careers/StudentCareerOpportunities/DEV01_005843 (Dept of Commerce)

 https://ustr.gov/about-us/human-resources/employment/student-internship-program (USTR)

 https://www.fcc.gov/general/internships-office-commissioner-clyburn (FCC Clyburn)

 https://www.fcc.gov/general/internships-office-communications-business-opportunities (FCC)

 https://www.fcc.gov/general/internships-enforcement-bureau (FCC Enforcement Bureau)

 https://www.fcc.gov/general-counsel/general/internships-office-general-counsel (FCC Office GC)

 https://www.fcc.gov/general/internships-office-legislative-affairs (FCC Office of Legislative Affairs)

 https://www.fcc.gov/general/internships-office-managing-director (FCC Office of Managing Director)

 https://www.fcc.gov/general/internships-office-strategic-planning-and-policy-analysis (FCC Strategic)

 https://www.fcc.gov/general/internships-wireless-telecommunications-bureau (FCC Wireless Telco)

 https://www.hhs.gov/about/agencies/iea/partnerships/about-the-partnership-center/internship-opportunities/index.html (Partnership Center)

 https://www.nist.gov/ohrm/student-volunteer-program-svp (NIST)

 https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/icstudents.html?Agency=NSA


 


 

Upcoming Conferences, Symposia and Workshops:

 


Call for Papers

 

Walker Institute for Cyber Arms Control had issued a call for papers.  The entire call is available here.

"Papers are invited for the first volume of the Walker Institute Series on Cyber Arms Control.
1. Subject Matter. Your chapter will address any of the following issues:
(a) International Organization. The role of the United Nations and other international organizations in cyber arms control.
(b) Law of War. How the rules and laws of war are changing with the proliferation of cyber weapons.
(c) Arms Control Theory. The theories of arms control and their possible application to control of cyber weapons.
(d) Social Network Theory. Application of social network theory to understanding the interaction of state and non-state actors within the context of the proliferation of cyber weapons.
(e) Comparative Politics. Comparisons of the legal regimes in different nation states in the area of cyber security and the use of offensive or defense cyber weapons.
2. Acceptance Process. Incoming papers will be revised by the Editorial Director and Director of Scientific Intelligence. Those papers approved will be submitted to the Board of Directors for final approval.
3. Turn-Around Time. The target turn-around time for review of incoming chapter proposals is 15 business days.
4. Acceptance Number. We will publish 25 papers in the first volume of the series.
5. Outline Submission Date. A 300 work abstract of your proposed paper along with a brief outline will be accepted between September 1, 2017 – January 15th, 2018.
6. Paper Submission Date. Your completed chapter is due April 1, 2018.
7. Publication Date. The book will be published June 1, 2018.
8. Contact for Submission.
Edward M. Roche PhD, JD
Director of Scientific Intelligence
The Walker Institute for Cyber Arms Control
100 Pine Street
Suite 1250
San Francisco, California 94111
Email: emr96@columbia.edu
Tel: +01 (646) 389-1382
Walker Institute for Cyber Arms Control"

Walker Institute for Cyber Arms Control had issued a call for papers.

"Papers are invited for the first volume of the Walker Institute Series on Cyber Arms Control.
1. Subject Matter. Your chapter will address any of the following issues:
(a) International Organization. The role of the United Nations and other international
organizations in cyber arms control.
(b) Law of War. How the rules and laws of war are changing with the proliferation
of cyber weapons.
(c) Arms Control Theory. The theories of arms control and their possible application
to control of cyber weapons.
(d) Social Network Theory. Application of social network theory to understanding
the interaction of state and non-state actors within the context of the proliferation
of cyber weapons.
(e) Comparative Politics. Comparisons of the legal regimes in different nation
states in the area of cyber security and the use of offensive or defense cyber
weapons.
2. Acceptance Process. Incoming papers will be revised by the Editorial Director and
Director of Scientific Intelligence. Those papers approved will be submitted to the
Board of Directors for final approval.
3. Turn-Around Time. The target turn-around time for review of incoming chapter
proposals is 15 business days.
4. Acceptance Number. We will publish 25 papers in the first volume of the series.
5. Outline Submission Date. A 300 work abstract of your proposed paper along with
a brief outline will be accepted between September 1, 2017 – January 15th, 2018.
6. Paper Submission Date. Your completed chapter is due April 1, 2018.
7. Publication Date. The book will be published June 1, 2018.
8. Contact for Submission.
Edward M. Roche PhD, JD
Director of Scientific Intelligence
The Walker Institute for Cyber Arms Control
100 Pine Street
Suite 1250
San Francisco, California 94111
Email: emr96@columbia.edu
Tel: +01 (646) 389-1382
Walker Institute for Cyber Arms Control"

14th Annual International Association for Intelligence Education Conference

"Macquarie University will host the annual IAFIE conference in Sydney, Australia from July 22-25, 2018. The goal of the conference is to further promote intelligence education and provide an opportunity for networking among scholars and practitioners from academia, the private sector, and government. We seek papers from those who support and are aligned with the Mission of the Association. We are particularly interested in panel, paper, and poster proposals that speak to the conference theme of “innovating intelligence education.”

Please submit your 250-300 word paper/panel/poster proposals (abstracts) to Rebecca Vogel, IAFIE Events Chair <rebecca.vogel@mq.edu.au> by March 2, 2018. Notification of acceptance of proposals will be notified by March 23. All student proposals for either papers or posters must be accompanied by a letter of endorsement from a faculty member."

 


Resources for Writing and Briefing


U.S. Army Field Manual FM 34-80 - Appendix Briefing Techniques available here

Mercyhurst College Institute for Intelligence Studies Analysts Style Manual  is available here

University of Minnesota Writing Center - Writing Analytical Reports