Rutgers IC CAE is pleased to invite you to apply for the new IC CAE Scholar program. We review applications on a rolling basis, so the sooner you get your application in, the better! (Please note: If you were previously designated an IC CAE Scholar, please review "Note to Previous IC CAE Scholars" below.)

What's an IC CAE Scholar?

The Intelligence Community requires a diverse, professionally competitive, and knowledgeable workforce to successfully accomplish its mission. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) established the Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) Program in 2005 to meet the nation’s demand for a diverse cadre of professionals to carry out America’s national security mission and priorities. IC CAE Scholars are students with demonstrated academic, professional, and/or research skills who are interested in pursuing a career in the federal Intelligence Community. To learn more about the IC CAE, watch this video.

Program Benefits

Scholars will:

  • Gain access to year-round resume reviews for IC and IC-related positions.
  • Receive a newsletter containing links to IC CAE Scholar exclusive events and programs (e.g., IC internship and career fairs), in addition to early registration for future programs.
  • Receive a unique Scholar ID. When included on any Rutgers IC CAE program application, this ID will enable scholars to receive priority review and consideration for a variety of programs (e.g., research opportunities, internships, etc.).
  • Be entered in exclusive Scholar-only raffles (e.g., Amazon gifts cards, CCIS swag).
  • Receive a certificate with their Scholar ID and membership upon acceptance into the IC CAE Scholar program.


  • Program funding is from ODNI; all IC CAE Scholars must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Prospective Scholars should have a declared major or minor in one of the following areas: intelligence/national security, STEM, or language study.
  • Prospective scholars should possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and above.
  • Prospective scholars must be actively enrolled students in one of the following IC CAE consortium schools: Rutgers University, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College of New York, or New Jersey City University
  • All scholars must be active students, those who graduate will be admitted into the IC CAE Scholar Alumni community.

Program Requirements

  • To maintain IC CAE Scholar status and membership, Scholars must complete a mandatory survey each semester that they are in the program.

Note to Previous IC CAE Scholars

Please note that CCIS has completely restructured the IC CAE Scholars program and its application process. As a result, if you were previously selected as an IC CAE Scholar but do not have a unique IC CAE ID number, you must resubmit an application (which will contain a field to acknowledge your previous scholar status.)