National & Competitive Intelligence


This program is open to all students enrolled at USF, regardless of major. Students pursuing careers in any executive position, whether in business or government, have an opportunity to sharpen their analytical and critical-thinking skills and take advantage of overseas internships in order to prepare for careers in the private sector as well as in the national security agencies of the U.S. Government.

Thanks to a grant from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, USF now offers a certificate in national and competitive intelligence at the undergraduate level, through the Center for Academic Excellence.

Aiming to educate and prepare students for entry-level positions in the intelligence community, as well as for analysis-related jobs in the private sector, the program will build upon strong relationships between the university and area partners such as United States Central Command and Special Operations Command, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, and the Tampa chapter of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. Students will participate in workshops and special seminars and complete coursework in international affairs as part of the program. The USF CAE program encourages and supports students to apply for internships with any federal agency where a security clearance is required. Only American citizens are eligible to obtain a security clearance, but the USF CAE program itself is open to any student. View internship information.

The heart of USF's program is a series of day-long workshops and week-long summer workshops that help develop key skills such as information gathering, analysis, and presentation. While administered through the College of Business, this program is not part of the business school's regular academic coursework. Interested students may pursue an Undergraduate Certificate in National and Competitive Intelligence, but enrollment in the certificate program is not a prerequisite for participating in the workshops/seminars. Any student enrolled at USF is able to participate in program-related events and does not need to be enrolled in the certificate program

Students who wish to participate in the program must indicate interest by notifying the program director or one of the program assistants.

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Affiliated Institutions

USF's CAE program in National and Competitive Intelligence has partnered with the military commands located at MacDill Air Force Base – U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). USF also has developed a working relationship with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and students interested in a career in law enforcement are encouraged to seek internships there.

Program Contacts

Program Director

Deputy Program Director

Professional Writing Instructor

Undergraduate Assistants