Program Details

The IC-CAE Intelligence Fellowship Program at FIU’s Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy is a one-year academic workforce-development program. The IC-CAE Fellowship fuses FIU’s Worlds-Ahead academics with mentorship, research experience, and professional training and development to strengthen student competitiveness and improve prospective employment within the U.S. intelligence community (IC). As cohort-based program, students participate in either an Intelligence Analysis (IA) Track or Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) Track. Students enrolled in the Intelligence Fellowship Program will receive access to 4 core pillars that will go towards furthering theiracademic and professional development.


Students enrolled in the Intelligence Fellowship will receive academic training via six fully online undergraduate courses that fulfill the requirements for either the Certificate in National Security Studies or the Certificate in Cybersecurity Intelligence and Information Policy. Course are taught by current and former IC practitioners, ranging from topic areas such as Writing for Intelligence & National Security, Structured Analytic Methods, Intelligence and National Security, Fundamentals of Globalization, Open-Source Exploitation, Issues in U.S. Foreign Policy, Introduction to Cyber Operations, and Cyber Threat Intelligence.


Students enrolled in the Intelligence Fellowshipparticipate in a three-tiered mentorship program. Students receive near-peer mentorship led by an Intelligence Fellowship Program alumni who are active intelligence professionals. Additionally, students receive program mentorship by Jack D. Gordon Institute faculty and staff who are former intelligence professionals. Lastly, students receive research-based mentorship provided by intelligence community agency partners that maps and fulfills the Intelligence Fellowship open-source research capstone requirement.


Students enrolled in the Intelligence Fellowship will conduct a research product on a functional topic and geographic region of their choosing. As part of the research mentorship initiative, students will work directly with their mentors to finalize a research topic and brief at designated research venues to IC professionals.

Professional Development

Students enrolled in the Intelligence Fellowship participate in a series of micro credential certificate badges aimed at enhancing job seeking-skills and readiness. Students receive support in five critical professional development areas: resume, cover letter and personal state writing, developing an elevator pitch, and honing scenario-based interview question skills. Students also refine skills in public speaking, networking, and branding for success. Students also participate in a Foundations of Cyber Operations micro credential certificate badge that provides tools needed to function in highly digitized world; knowledge to understand different types of cyber operations and their operators; and how cyber operations impacts national security and our daily lives. Furthermore, students meet and brief hiring managers and agency representatives during the Fellowship’s annual spring break tour of the intelligence community in Washington, D.C.