New Intelligence Community Scholars Program is Accepting Applications

New Intelligence Community Scholars Program is Accepting Applications
Applications for the Intelligence Community Scholars Program are due March 9.

Students interested in future careers with the FBI, CIA, Department of Homeland Security or other intelligence agencies are encouraged to apply by March 9 for the Intelligence Community Scholars Program.

Cal Poly Pomona is one of seven California State University campuses to earn a multi-year, multi-million dollar grant from the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence to develop an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence.

“These agencies are looking for people who are worldly and diverse,” says Assistant Professor of Sociology Stacy McGoldrick, who administers the program at Cal Poly Pomona. “This program is designed to help students gain experiences that will set them apart in the application pool if they choose to apply at those agencies.”

Through a competitive application process, a group of 10 Cal Poly Pomona students will be chosen each academic year. Those students are required to complete six pre-existing general education courses that have been identified as a special track for the program. Those courses have been picked because they reinforce the skills needed in the intelligence jobs, McGoldrick says. The courses help students with language acquisition, critical thinking and writing, foreign studies, GIS-related skills, national security and intelligence studies and graduate studies in related programs.

In return, students gain invaluable networking and mentoring opportunities and special consideration if they so choose to apply with agencies that participate in the program. The program also exposes students to internship opportunities.

In addition, up to three scholarships worth about $3,200 each are available to IC Scholars. The scholarships are intended to be used on summer travel abroad through the Cal Poly Pomona International Center.

Other CSU campuses involved in the Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence are Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State Bakersfield, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach and Cal State Northridge.

Cal State San Bernardino, which is thehost campus for the program, is expected to receive a grant of more than $3 million over five years.

Cal Poly Pomona students may contact Stacy McGoldrick for an application in Bldg. 5, Rm. 109 or e-mail her at