Application Information

Applications Open: November 1, 2018

Application Deadline: November 30, 2018

Please carefully review and complete all of the following steps to submit your application to participate in the TIA. If you have any questions about the application process, please see the FAQ page or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Application Deadline

Applications for the 2019 TIA are due by November 30, 2018 by 11:59 PM CST. Finalists will be notified by December 15, 2018 and will be invited for a phone interview. Students selected to participate in the TIA will be notified on or before December 31, 2018. If you do not hear back after receiving a confirmation of receipt, this means you have not been selected as a finalist. 

Eligibility Requirements

Required at time of application: 

  • Enrolled as an undergraduate student within The University of Texas System
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Sophomore or junior class standing
  • U.S. Citizenship

Application Materials

Resume or Curriculum Vitae: Provide a resume that describes your education, professional (including volunteer work and internships), leadership, and/or other extracurricular experiences. 

Official or Unofficial Transcripts: Submit transcripts from your UT-System institution. These can be either official or unofficial copies. 

Personal Statement: Prepare a personal statement that explains your interest in intelligence, national security or public affairs. Please explain why you are interested in participating in the TIA, previous experience and/or coursework, career ambitions and describe any hardships overcome in pursuing your educational goals. Submissions should be no more than three pages in length, double-spaced with 12-point font. 

Letters of Recommendation: Please include at least two letters of recommendation. The letters should address your academic skills, analytic abilities and leadership potential. At least one letter should be from faculty member at your UT-System institution. References are also welcome to submit their letters of recommendation directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 30, 2018. 

Signed Disclosure Statement: Please include a signed statement addressing the following points: 

  1. Any student disciplinary actions imposed against you or pending at a UT-System institution or any other institution you have attended. 
  2. Any criminal convictions and/or deferred adjudications, as well as any pending criminal charges. A conviction includes the initial plea, verdict, or finding of guilt, plea of contest or pronouncement of sentence by a trial court, even if that conviction may not be final or sentence actually imposed, until appeals are exhausted. Only minor traffic violations may be excluded. For each pending charge or conviction, provide the following details:
    • Date, city, and state of arrest
    • Name and location of the court where the case was/will be heard
    • Details of the violation of which you were charged and/or convicted 
    • Dates of imprisonment 
    • Dates of period of probation
    • Amount of fine

If none of the above applies to you, you still must submit a signed disclosure statement affirming that you have not received and are not currently subject to any pending student disciplinary actions, criminal convictions or charges, and/or deferred adjudications. 

Please note that disclosure of such information does not automatically disqualify you from the TIA; however, nondisclosure of this information is considered falsification of your application. 

Submission Procedures

After you have assembled all of the described application materials, please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in PDF format.