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Syracuse University Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence

Syracuse University has been designated as a United States Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (ICCAE)—a highly competitive, congressionally mandated program funded by the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), which partners with universities to increase the diversity of the U.S. intelligence workforce. The ICCAE offers undergraduate and graduate students unique coursework as well as programmatic and training opportunities to prepare for professional positions in any of the 17 agencies of the U.S. Intelligence Community.

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Academic Program Requirements

The Syracuse University Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (ICCAE) program is open to all matriculated undergraduate and graduate students at Syracuse University. To become an ICCAE member, students must complete an online application and meet with ICCAE advisors. Program requirements include completion of one core course and two or more electives in specific subject areas, and participation in three ICCAE events and trainings each semester. Learn more about Academic Program Requirements.

Degrees and Certificates of Advanced Study

Syracuse University will offer a minor and a certificate of advanced study in intelligence and national security beginning in the near future.

Consortium

The Syracuse University ICCAE leads a consortium of partner colleges and universities that work collaboratively to recruit and educate diverse students for public service careers in the U.S. Intelligence Community:

  • Grove School of Engineering
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Norfolk State University
  • Wells College

Students at consortium partner schools can join their institution’s affiliated programs and may participate in related programmatic and curricular activities at Syracuse University.

Benefits of Becoming a Syracuse University ICCAE Program Member

Students who become members of the Syracuse University ICCAE will have access to unique coursework as well as programmatic and training opportunities:

  • National security and intelligence-related interdisciplinary courses
  • Downey and intelligence community scholarships
  • Intelligence community-related internship opportunities
  • Cultural immersion, language study and study abroad
  • Appreciation for the role of diversity in the U.S. government
  • Professional development in Syracuse and Washington, DC national security and intelligence community programs
  • Participation in the annual Syracuse University ICCAE Symposium and an array of related visitors and speakers
  • On-campus seminars, simulations, trainings and workshops
  • Intelligence community site visits and field trips
  • Mentorship from faculty experts and practitioners
  • Membership in a cohort of students committed to public service
  • The ICCAE program is also available to students who are interested in studying national security and intelligence subjects—but do not seek professional opportunities in these areas

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Syracuse University’s Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence offers unique coursework as well as programmatic and training opportunities to prepare students for professional positions within the U.S. Intelligence Community. The ICCAE program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at Syracuse University; students at consortium partner schools can join their institution’s affiliated programs and may participate in related programmatic and curricular activities at Syracuse University.

Contact us today to learn more about becoming a Syracuse University ICCAE program member.