Why join the NSSP scholars program?

The NSSP scholars program is designed to help UNM students develop the knowledge and skills necessary for careers in the Intelligence Community (IC). NSSP scholars benefit in a myriad of ways from the program:

NSSP Courses - Scholars are required to take at least one course per semester from a list of sponsored and recommended classes. These courses prepare students for careers in the Intelligence Community. Some of these classes include lectures and presentations from highly reputed experts in the field of national security. To meet the demand for proficiency in foreign languages, especially critical languages, the program also sponsors courses such as accelerated Arabic.

National Security Symposium - A National Security Symposium is held annually with speakers that include national and international security experts. At the symposium, NSSP scholars have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with researchers, faculty, and representatives from various IC agencies, gaining important firsthand information about potential careers. 

IC Simulations – NSSP frequently organizes simulation exercises with the help of IC agencies. These simulations, conducted by actual IC analysts, duplicate real life global scenarios that allow the students to try and piece together an international crisis situation puzzle. Students develop recommendations for those in U.S. government leadership positions, including the President. Check the event calendar section for any upcoming simulation.

Mentoring from Intelligence Community Representatives – The NSSP scholars regularly receive exclusive mentoring by representatives from agencies within the Intelligence Community. Check the event calendar section for any upcoming meeting with an IC representative.

Cultural Immersion/Travel Abroad – Applicants with foreign language skills, travel abroad experience, and knowledge of other cultures have an added advantage during the recruitment and hiring process within the Intelligence Community. To equip scholars with such knowledge and experience, NSSP organizes and partly funds a cultural immersion trip once or twice a year. During the fall intercession and summer semester. NSSP scholars may travel abroad while receiving graduate/undergraduate credits. Students attend a class before leaving and conduct research activities. 

Support towards Research – NSSP may provide scholars with stipend towards program related research. Interested scholars must submit a research proposal for program approval. Such requests do not have any specific deadline and are considered on a rolling basis. Some examples of recent research projects undertaken by NSSP scholars include:

  • Chemical Weapon compounds used in Syria to attack rebels
  • Funding Terrorist Organizations with U.S. Donor Money
  • The Effects of Education on Terror in the Modern World
  • The Haganah, Irgun and Stern Gang: Pre-1949 Militant Zionist Groups, their History of Aggressive Political Violence
  • Iran: Cyber Weapons as An Alternate to Nuclear Deterrence
  • Chemical Weapons and the Syrian Implications
  • Is a High Degree of Autonomy upheld under 1 country 2 systems in Hong Kong?

NEW! Here are the guidelines for NSSP-funded research papers for 2018.

Internships & Job announcements – NSSP announces internship and job opportunities as information becomes available from the various IC agencies. Being one of the few IC Centers for Academic Excellence in the country, NSSP’s recommendation letters are very influential in the selection process. Check opportunities section for current internship and job announcements.

Scholarships and Fellowships - NSSP staff are continuously networking and looking for scholarships and fellowships at different agencies. The scholars, who might be otherwise unaware of such opportunities, benefit immensely from these findings and notifications. Check opportunities section for current scholarship and fellowship announcements.

For more information about the scholars/associate scholars program, visit the FAQs section or contact Jason Darensburg at (505) 277-3223 or jdarrens@unm.edu, or come by NSSP Office at #3019 Mesa Vista Hall, UNM Main campus.