The U.S. Intelligence Community employs people from diverse backgrounds and majors, and there are exciting career opportunities for Eastern Arizona College students.

The U.S. Intelligence Community is comprised of 18 different agencies, including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the CIA, nine department of defense intelligence agencies, and seven intelligence departments like Homeland Security and the FBI. With tens of thousands of employees, the U.S. Intelligence Community provides dynamic careers to talented professionals from all majors and almost every career category.

What is the Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence Scholars Program?

EAC has partnered with the University of Arizona and the Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC CAE Scholar) to ensure that highly- qualified graduates have a natural pathway to a job in the intelligence community. This consortium is designed to prepare students for possible careers in national security and intelligence through advanced study of national security, intelligence, foreign area studies, language proficiency, geographical expertise, and related competencies. It also serves as a mentoring and networking program for EAC students.

Why Become an IC CAE Scholar?

The IC CAE Scholar program is open to all majors. It is designed to increase the pool of eligible applicants for positions within the intelligence and national security communities with an emphasis on students with diverse cultural backgrounds, language proficiency, geographical expertise, and related competencies. The benefits of becoming an IC CAE Scholar include:

  • Hiring Preference – IC Scholars are sought after by the U.S. Intelligence Community and receive hiring preference for government jobs. Specifically, IC CAE Scholar graduate applications through USAjobs and iCareers will be given more points than non-graduates, much like veterans are given more points than non-veterans.
  • Direct Articulation – IC CAE Scholars can directly articulate into the University of Arizona, College of Applied Science and Technology, Sierra Vista program.
  • Study Abroad Opportunities – Study abroad is required and is paid for by the University of Arizona for the price of tuition.


IC CAE Scholar Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Interested in a career within the Intelligence Community
  • Current or graduated student at an active or legacy IC CAE school who has successfully completed at least 6 credit hours of study in the following study areas:
    • Intelligence and/or national security related curricula
    • Cybersecurity or STEM related course of study
    • Language study course
    • Other as determined by the program
  • Participated in an at least two IC CAE school focused activities per school year while matriculated, such as:
    • Summer internship with IC member agency
    • Study abroad program
    • Participation in an IC CAE Program Office Sponsored Event
    • Annual Summer Seminar
    • Annual Summer Internship Cohort
    • School Colloquium
    • National Security related program
    • Professional Development
    • Other activities, as determined by academic institution



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