Applications for Intelligence Community Scholars Program Due Feb. 15

Applications for Intelligence Community Scholars Program Due Feb. 15
Applications for the Intelligence Community Scholars Program are due Feb. 15.

Students interested in pursuing a career in intelligence or law enforcement are encouraged to apply to Cal Poly Pomona's Intelligence Community Scholars Program. This program gives students a competitive advantage and guided exposure to careers with the CIA, FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

The program is in its second year, and is accepting 10 Cal Poly Pomona students for the 2008-2009 academic year. ICSP invites students from all majors to apply by Feb. 15.

“This program makes our students more attractive for hire by intelligence agencies,” says assistant professor Stacy McGoldrick, director of the program at Cal Poly Pomona. “We provide close mentoring along with an academic advising program to incorporate into the student's major in order to prepare for the skill sets that the agencies search for.”

Students who are accepted benefit greatly from the opportunities that are provided. Each year, ICSP chooses three of the selected applicants to receive $3,300 to apply toward summer travel for studying abroad. ICSP works closely with the International Center to schedule these trips.

Along with the benefits of summer travel exposure, students gain additional skills through 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.

Students also gain invaluable networking, internship and mentoring opportunities, which ensures special consideration if they choose to apply with agencies that participate in the program, McGoldrick says.

“Being an IC Scholar means we are guaranteed that an actual person will review the resume when we apply for an intelligence job instead of getting lost in the shuffle,” says Jeff Harley, who is double majoring in international business and marketing. “A big benefit is the exposure to the different agencies at conferences held for IC scholars. This year, Cal Poly is going to try to have more of these events on campus to build more interest.”

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.

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.

CSU San Bernardino, which is the host campus for the program, is expected to receive a grant of more than $3 million over five years. A National Securities Studies program is available at this campus for students who wish to pursue graduate studies.

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