The Hume Center has a commitment to educating future leaders for the Intelligence Community (IC) and more broadly the defense and national security communities. The SAIC National Security Education Program (NSEP) represents our chief set of activities in engaging students.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence developed the Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (IC-CAE) program at select universities to help meet the IC's critical need for diverse personnel who possess the technological, analytic and critical language capabilities needed for the 21st Century world. In 2009, Virginia Tech was named an IC-CAE university and its programs are administered by the Hume Center for National Security and Technology.
With generous philanthropic support from our flagship education partner SAIC and the members of the Academic Affiliates Program, Virginia Tech is 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.
The NSEP 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 NSEP participation. Both levels are required to participate in at least three events per semester to remain enrolled in the program and to list NSEP 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 national security or the IC, develop and present a research poster at the IC Colloquium, and write a final report on the topic.
NSEP Associates have access to all the speakers and workshops we have and are able to list NSEP 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 through the following activities:
The following are the requirements for participants in NSEP:
To apply to join NSEP: NSEP Application (rolling acceptance)
To apply to the IC Scholars program: IC Scholars Application (March 1 deadline)
Note that the application to internships and jobs is a critical metric for both NSEP 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.