Rutgers IC CAE Research Fellowship Program with the National Intelligence University

The Rutgers Center for Critical Intelligence Studies, a federally designated Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE), has partnered with the National Intelligence University to create virtual research fellowships for students from Rutgers University, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College of New York, and New Jersey City University.

  • Students will provide approximately 10-15 hours of research assistance per week on a project that will take place remotely for the duration of the fellowship. 


  • IC CAE Research Fellows must be United States Citizens. In order to participate, students must enroll in a 3-credit independent study or internship course at their respective institutions. Students from all academic disciplines with a minimum 3.0 GPA are invited to apply. Juniors, seniors, and graduate students are preferred.


  • Students with any of the following skillsets are encouraged to apply:
    • Background in data science, computer science, and/or computer engineering
    • Strong computing backgrounds, especially in Python and R
    • GIS skills, specifically ArcGIS or QGIS
    • Strong research, writing, and critical thinking skills
    • Area studies background, especially China/East Asia concentration
    • Fluency in foreign language and ability to translate/interpret media


Note: This internship must be pursued for academic credit. Please have handy your intended course number to fulfill the credit requirement for this internship. Open to Rutgers, BMCC, CCNY, and NJCU students only. 


Apply here.


Please Note: The application is hosted via Google and requires the use of a Google account.

Program Details

Selected students will work under the mentorship of NIU faculty with expertise and backgrounds in intelligence, military, and foreign policy. This program will provide an opportunity for students to support groundbreaking research to advance U.S. intelligence processes and foreign policy efforts. The number of fellowships is limited and students will be matched with various NIU centers based on their knowledge and skills.

Academic Credit for Rutgers Students minoring in Critical Intelligence Studies

Selected Rutgers students with a minor in Critical Intelligence Studies may receive academic credit by enrolling in 01:790:484 Research in Critical Intelligence Studies or 01:790:485 Internship in Critical Intelligence Studies. Selected students from other universities/colleges should consult with their own institutions to determine if this fellowship is eligible for academic credit.

About the IC CAE Program

In January 2015, Rutgers University began work on a project awarded from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to enhance the recruitment and retention of a diverse Intelligence Community workforce with capabilities critical to the national security interests of the United States. As a result of this award, Rutgers became an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE), with the goal of developing sustainable national security and intelligence programs to educate and inform a diverse cadre of students.

About NIU’s Caracristi Institute

As the dedicated research unit of National Intelligence University (NIU)—the accredited university of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC)—the Ann Caracristi Institute for Intelligence Research (CIIR) represents the IC’s premier resource for academic intelligence research. CIIR serves to support, advance, and promote NIU’s academically rigorous research on topics critical to U.S. intelligence and national security. During the application process, students will have the opportunity to rank each of the five centers that operate under the Caracristi Institute:

  • Center for Anticipatory Intelligence and Adaptive Influence (C[AI]2): Research Fellows will apply complexity theory and advanced computational methods to better understand intelligence problems and improve policymaking.
  • Center for Designing Intelligence Research (DIR): Research Fellows will continue driving the growth of NIU’s Literature Review Resource Collection & Research Methods Laboratory, in support of NIU students, faculty, & fellows.
  • Center for Intelligence research in Area Studies (CIRAS): Research Fellows will conduct deep area studies research on regions of critical & emergent significance to US intelligence & national security.
  • Data Science Intelligence Center (DSIC): Research Fellows will leverage datasets from across the US government & open sources to push the limits of data science research in support of US intelligence & national security.
  • Geospatial Science Center (GSC): Research Fellows will support research & teaching using geospatial analysis.

Featured Research Products

Rutgers IC CAE students have collaborated with NIU experts on the following products:

2/08/22 - Growing the Simulation Ecosystem: Introducing Mesa Data to Provide Transparent, Accessible, and Extensive Data Pipelines for Simulation Development

3/17/21 - Islamic State Resurgence in the Era of COVID-19