Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC-CAE) program? The Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) Program was established in 2005 to meet the nation’s demand for a more diverse and dynamic Intelligence Community(IC). The program provides grants to accredited U.S. four-year colleges and universities to support the design and development of intelligence-related curricula.
- Who can apply to FIU’s IC-CAE Intelligence Fellowship Program?
Any undergraduate, graduate, or non-degree seeking student in any college at FIU or other colleges/universities with the following qualifications:
- Must be a US Citizen.
- Must be willing to commit to programming for three semesters: Summer B, Fall, Spring term.
- Must have completed 30 university credits by Summer B.
- Must be committed to a career in the United States Intelligence Community
- Are there additional fees when you join the Intelligence Fellowship? Students selected for the program must cover the cost of tuition for their specialized courses as well as an added-value program fee for the professional services they will receive.
- What majors are eligible for the Intelligence Fellowship? All academic majors are welcome. The IC seeks a diverse pool of competitive skillsets, perspectives, and experience to meet global challenges. Whether you have a background in STEM or arts and humanities, national security or any other field, your skillset is needed in the Intelligence Community. For more insight, visit Careers in the Intelligence Community or set up an advising appointment.
- What careers could I pursue in the Intelligence Community?
Careers in the Intelligence Community include but are not limited to:
- Intelligence Analysis
- Intelligence Collection
- Foreign Language Specialist
- Computer Science
- Cyber Engineering and Physical Sciences
- Mathematical Sciences
- Business, Accounting, and Budget
- Inspection, Investigation, and Compliance
- Law and General Counsel
- Medical and Occupational Health
- Security and Law Enforcement
- Human Resources
- Education and Training
- General Administrative Support
- Communication and Public Affairs
- Infrastructure and Logistics
- Research and Development
Learn more about Careers in the U.S. Intelligence Community
- I’m an international student. Am I eligible for the Intelligence Fellowship? Applicants must be US.. citizens before they submit an application to the Intelligence Fellowship.
- How long is the Intelligence Fellowship program? The Intelligence Fellowship is a one-year (three academic semesters) program. Every cohort begins in the summer B semester and ends in the spring semester.
- Will I be required to take classes for the Intelligence Fellowship? The Intelligence Fellowship requires students to enroll in two specialized online courses per semester.
- How will the fellowship affect my other classes? It shouldn't but it is your responsibility to inform your academic advisor of your intentions to enroll in the program in order to graduate on schedule.
- I’m a junior/senior. Am I eligible for the Fellowship program? Yes, all students who have completed a minimum of 30 credits by the start of the program are eligible for admission.
- Can non-FIU students join the Intelligence Fellowship? Yes, but they must meet the application requirements and be willing to enroll in FIU undergraduate courses as non-degree certificate-seeking students.
- Will financial aid cover the added-value program fee? Federal financial aid and any other supplemental academic funding must be used to cover tuition and any associated university fees and costs. If surplus funding remains and a student is free to use it at their discretion, they can decide to use those funds to cover the cost of the added-value program fee.
- When is the best time to apply? The application ends at the end of the spring semester each year. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible as spots are limited and candidates are evaluated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- What topic should my writing sample be on? You should pick a contemporary, national security-related topic that is of pressing concern to the United States government.