Program Overview

TIA 2019 StatueThe University of Texas (UT) at Austin's Intelligence Studies Project and the Texas National Security Network announce the Texas Intelligence Academy (TIA) 2020, an intensive academic program focused on intelligence and national security in Washington, D.C. on May 18 to 28, 2020.

The TIA offers a competitively-chosen group of UT-System undergraduate students the opportunity to learn about U.S. intelligence through lectures by distinguished scholars and practitioners, moderated discussions, simulation exercises, and visits to intelligence-related sites and facilities in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Selected students are housed in the District of Columbia and study at the UT-System's Archer Center, one block from the White House. All travel, lodging, and program expenses for the TIA are provided by the Intelligence Studies Project and Texas National Security Network. 

Applicants must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at a UT-System institution, demonstrate a strong academic record and interest in public affairs, and hold U.S. citizenship. No academic credit is provided for completing the TIA. 

For information on our past TIA programs, check out the 2019 TIA syllabus here, and photographs from the 2019 TIA here


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“Participating in the TIA was a unique experience. As a student in the TIA, I got first-hand access to experts in the field and learned about intelligence directly from leaders in the IC. In addition to the inspiring personalities we got to meet, the program is also supplemented by special access visits to various intel headquarters that are only possible through a program like this. I can’t recommend the experience enough!” — William Clough, TIA Class of 2019

"The TIA was such an outstanding experience! I would do it all again in a heartbeat. I can truly say I learned so much and had a ton of fun at the same time. The program provides the perfect balance of lectures and site visits, and we discovered something new every day. It was an incredible investment in my learning and truly intensified my interest in public service. I am so grateful that I was able to take part in such an enriching experience. Thank you so much to the TIA staff and lecturers for an amazing program!" — Erienne Terpak, TIA Class of 2019

"The TIA was a perfect balance of academic activities (through lectures, discussions and readings) and personal growth opportunities (staff-ride to Gettysburg, free time for museum visits, and time spent at monuments and memorials). This balance made the experience extremely enjoyable and fruitful. I was inspired by the presence of an extremely strong sense of selfless duty among all of the people who engaged in teaching in the TIA. All saw themselves as contributors to a goal that was larger and more noble than their own personal gain. Their desire for security, stability and justice was refreshing, and it certainly steered me more directly towards public service in this field or similar fields." — Christian Soenen, TIA Class of 2018

"The TIA was a humbling experience. Attending lectures and engaging with practitioners of intelligence revealed the level of dedication, patriotism and selfless service that contributed to each individual's exceptional career in the IC. These experiences and conversations reinforced my view that serving in the IC and in public service is a lifestyle commitment that is uniquely challenging and rewarding. Two words to describe the TIA: Exhilarating and inspiring." — Jade Monk, TIA Class of 2018

IMG 1979 Small"This program was a 'once in a lifetime' experience. Even if intelligence is only something you think you are interested in, this program will broaden your horizons and may even convince you to consider a career in this government work. I had not considered the IC as a possible career path, but after the TIA I have decided to try and apply to several agencies." — Emily Moussa, TIA Class of 2018