Analyst Boot Camp Benefits Students

by Kaitlyn Coughlin, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University students can now study intelligence analysis through a partnership with the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) for Human Capital Development.

The partnership allows students to receive credit for participating in ATIC’s 10-week Analyst Boot Camp (ABC) course taught by intelligence industry professionals and subject matter experts. The internship is designed to teach students the basics of intelligence analysis. Students will complete an additional five weeks researching a topic relevant to the Intelligence Community (IC).

"The Intelligence Internship allows students to enhance the education they receive from Cedarville University with practical application of analytical skills,” said Tim Shaw, ATIC's vice president of strategic development and director of education.

Because of ATIC’s relationship with government customers and the classified content students may be exposed to during the course, students who participate in the program will be submitted for a U.S. security clearance. If the government grants the clearance, the students will leave the program more marketable and better prepared to enter the IC, private industry, academia and other government organizations.

“The program unlocks a world of possible career opportunities,” said Thomas Mach, Ph.D., chair of the department of history and government and professor of history. 

ATIC is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing critical human capital and technological development needs with the U.S. IC and other related industries. Its primary mission is to educate and train a workforce of appropriately cleared government and contractor personnel capable of generating actionable information from technical intelligence systems. ATIC supports workforce development in the areas of technical analysis, cyber security and law enforcement analysis while collaborating with industry, government and academia to capitalize their combined knowledge and technical capabilities.

The ATIC semester program is open to students from any major and will specifically benefit those interested in careers in national security, intelligence analysis, homeland security and law enforcement.

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