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Notre Dame College Offers Advanced Technical Intelligence Center Course, Capstone Experience to Undergraduates

Undergraduate intelligence studies and criminal justice majors at Notre Dame College now have access to a program that can sponsor them for national security clearance—and give them real-world experience in providing analytic support to local law enforcement and the national intelligence community.

Through Notre Dame’s 15-week classroom Intelligence Internship partnership with the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center for Human Capital Development (ATIC), students can be granted access to and learn from actual classified materials.

“Having that security clearance ahead of time enhances these students’ employability considerably,” said A. Gregory Moore, Ph.D., professor of history, chair of the history and political science department and director of the Center for Intelligence Studies at Notre Dame.

Along with sponsorship for security clearance, the internship includes instruction in terrorism, homeland security and cyber threats, as well as military order of battle and intelligence sensors, among other areas of intelligence analysis. ATIC’s instructors have decades of experience in the intelligence community, and its facility boasts a cyber lab equipped with the latest analytic software.

Two Notre Dame intelligence studies undergraduates have been accepted into the inaugural partnership between the College and ATIC; the first class begins January 6. The program is offered each spring, summer and fall semester. The program is primarily designed for students majoring in intelligence studies or criminal justice, but students in other subject areas are welcome to apply.

Students begin with the Analyst Boot Camp portion of the intelligence internship and then complete that coursework with a five-week capstone project at ATIC’s Center for Law Enforcement Analysis and Training. Interns will aid the local law enforcement community with an actual assessment that provides an analytic product to investigators.

“This added internship component will reinforce the skills students are learning in their classes, teach them how to put them to use and give them real work experience in a professional environment,” Moore said.

Notre Dame students who successfully complete the full-time, semester-long intelligence internship with ATIC are eligible for a total of six transfer class credits and six internship credits. Some financial aid may apply toward tuition costs.

The College offers the only Bachelor of Arts degree in intelligence studies in Ohio and is the sixth educational institution in the state to partner with ATIC.

“Small liberal arts colleges are assets often overlooked by the intelligence community, but the variety students learn from a liberal arts education allows them to look at things in different lights,” said Timothy A. Shaw, J.D., vice president of strategic development and director of education at ATIC. “And those who end up defending and protecting the country often have to work in austere environments. Students from small colleges understand similar limitations.”

AITC, located in Beavercreek, Ohio, is an independent, nonprofit corporation established in 2006 to help fill critical human capital and technological shortfalls within the U.S. intelligence community and related industries.