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Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply for the ISS minor?

The application period is open for a two-week period toward the end of each semester.  All applicants must have taken, or be enrolled in, ISS-125.  Please check back for the dates of the next application period.

Are there any prerequisites for applying to the ISS minor?

The ISS minor has several requirements that you must meet in order to apply. You must either be enrolled in ISS 125 or have completed the class previously with a grade of “B”. In addition, students must have at least an overall GPA of 3.0 or better to be considered for the program.

Applicants also must be American citizens, given the program’s emphasis on placing students into sensitive internships and jobs that require a Secret or Top Secret security clearance.  The CISS currently is able to admit approximately 25 students each semester.

I’m a junior. Can I still apply to the program?

Yes! You may apply for the ISS minor as a junior.

What is the average GPA of admitted students?

The CISS is a competitive program. See the general statistics for our cohorts.

When should I start looking for an internship?

Immediately! It is never too soon to start searching for an internship. This is especially true if you plan to complete an internship with a federal agency. Most summer internships with IC agencies require applications to be turned in at least 9 months prior to the desired start date. For example, the deadline for summer internships with the DIA normally falls on October 15.

What is the IC?

The U.S. Intelligence Community is a federation of executive branch agencies and organizations that work separately and together to conduct intelligence activities necessary for the conduct of foreign relations and the protection of the national security of the United States. The IC remains focused on the missions of cyber intelligence, counterterrorism, counterproliferation, counterintelligence, and on the threats posed by state and non-state actors challenging U.S. national security and interests worldwide.

Where is the CISS located?

The Center for Intelligence and Security Studies is located at 620 All American Drive, in the Former Athletics Building (next to the Turner Center). See map