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Center for Critical Intelligence Studies


  • Advising Sessions

    Please review the website to learn more about:

    • The CIS Minor (including minor tracks and course requirements)
    • Research Opportunities 
    • Becoming an IC CAE Scholar
    • Upcoming Events
    • Job and Internship Opportunities


    If you still have questions regarding academic, professional, or research development please contact Director Majlesi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

  • IC CAE Scholar

    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.)


  • Research Opportunities

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    The Center for Critical Intelligence Studies, a federally designated Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE), partners with numerous academic and federal institutions to provide a variety of research opportunities for students. Such opportunities can fulfill one's research requirement in the CIS minor or hone one's skills in furtherance of professional pursuits. Each semester, CCIS updates this website with available research opportunities. We are proud to provide opportunities to the IC CAE consortium, including students from Rutgers University, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College of New York, and New Jersey City University.

    Summer 2024 applications are now closed. Check back soon for Fall 2024 applications.

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