What Is the Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence?

The Kansas Consortium-Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (Kansas-ICCAE) is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Launched in September 2017, the Kansas-ICCAE provides educational resources, support, and workplace and cultural experiences for students who wish to serve as qualified intelligence professionals to carry out the nation’s long-term national security initiatives.

The U.S. Intelligence Community requires a competitive, knowledgeable, and diverse workforce. Therefore, the ICCAE program’s emphasis is on building long-term partnerships with regionally accredited universities across the nation to develop sustainable national security and intelligence education programs. 

The Kansas-ICCAE is comprised of KU, Dodge City Community College, Donnelly College in Kansas City, and Seward County Community College in Liberal. Students at these schools are eligible for admission to the Intelligence & National Security undergraduate certificate program, scholarships, research opportunities, internships, study abroad funding, and career mentorship and support.

ICCAE Program Benefits  

The ICCAE program increases the pool of diverse job applicants who also possess the highly desired skills and competencies in areas of critical need within the US Intelligence Community.  Besides ICCAE students being more competitive for internships and employment in the 16 federal U.S. Intelligence agencies, newly acquired critical thinking, analytic, and communication skills can be applied to any area of study or profession.

What Is the U.S. Intelligence Community?

The U.S. Intelligence Community is a broad term that refers to the 16 U.S. federal intelligence agencies. Agencies range from the well-known Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) to less-known federal agencies and military units, such as the Departments of Energy, Treasury, and State.

The various seals of the IC divisions
The various seals of the IC divisions

Job Market

In 2010, it was estimated 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies in 10,000 locations in the U.S. were working counterterrorism, homeland security, and intelligence issues.