The NSSP Scholars Program

The UNM Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) National Security Studies Program (NSSP) is designed for students at both the pre-baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate level who are interested in a career in the Intelligence Community (IC).

The program does not establish a new department and does not introduce a new major or minor program of studies at UNM.  It is designed to augment preparation in traditional disciplinary majors through focused seminars and a symposium, individual mentoring, internships and externships, intensive language study, study abroad and scholars programs. 

Criteria for acceptance as a scholar designation is outlined below.  All NSSP Scholars will be reviewed annually to ensure program criteria are met.  Any student not currently meeting the criteria will be notified and given a semester to correct any deficiency.  

NSSP Scholar

Principal characteristics of NSSP Scholar candidates are an interest in career preparation for IC agencies or related national and international careers in government, non-governmental organizations (NGO), and business.  NSSP Scholars will be encouraged to participate in study abroad programs, research opportunities and various workshops to present research efforts.  

Eligibility Criteria

A NSSP Scholar candidate must :

1) be a U.S. citizen.
2) have at least 15 hours of accumulated credit, a GPA above 3.0, and a current academic year GPA above 3.25.
3) develop professional characteristics as determined by active participation and constructive interaction within the community of NSSP Scholars.
4) seek and apply for appropriate internships in national security or related areas.
5) work towards a National Security and Strategic Analysis (NSSA) Certificate, as approved by the UNM Board of Regents beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.  Students should take one or more courses from the NSSP sponsored/recommended courses at UNM. Note that students may request that the program include additional courses as part of the recommended course list.

Click here for the list of Fall 2015 courses
Click here for a list of Spring 2017 courses

Click here for Word version of NSSP scholar application form
Click here for NSSP program description flyer

Click here for PDF NSSP scholar application form

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For more information about the scholars program, call Jason Darensburg at (505) 277-3223, email jdarrens@unm.edu, or stop by the NSSP Office at Mesa Vista Hall Room 3019.