CIA Launches Signature School Program at UIC

“CIA is committed to building a diverse workforce that has a broad range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, language expertise, and educational and life experiences to ensure diversity of thought and the ability to operate effectively worldwide.”

Maja Lehnus — CIA’s Associate Director for Talent

“The Signature School Program provides our students direct access to numerous career options at the CIA. Through this program, students will be able to attend career-focused workshops and meet individually with CIA staff. It is this type of access which will help our students make an informed decision in pursuing a career with the agency.”

Thy Nguyen — Director of UIC Career Services

On February 15 2018, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) launched its Signature School Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The program at UIC is the CIA’s fourth Signature School. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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The program will further the partnership between CIA and UIC by creating more opportunities for students and faculty to engage with CIA officers to learn about employment opportunities. UIC is the fourth university to join CIA’s Signature School Program.

UIC will receive resources to support academic enrichment and workforce development activities for students.

The new pilot partnership, called the Signature School Program, will also draw on UIC’s rich academic programs, the graduation rate of its students, as well as the diversity of its student population.

The agreement “will establish a solid partnership between UIC and the CIA and provide our students a greater breadth of career opportunities,” said UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis.

“The Signature School Program will provide UIC students with direct access to careers and internships within the agency for many years to come. It’s a win-win situation for both of us.”

Under the program, UIC will partner with the agency to expand current career services programming and provide additional opportunities for students to be exposed to careers in the federal government. [UIC]

Signature School Program

“As part of CIA’s recruitment strategy to attract qualified, diverse applicants, CIA selects universities to serve as Signature Schools.

These schools host a range of recruitment activities to build sustainable relationships between CIA personnel and university staff and students, ensuring CIA maintains contact with skilled applicants from a range of cultures and backgrounds.” [CIA]

UIC joins The City University of New York – Baruch College, Florida International University, and the University of New Mexico in the Signature School Program.

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Author Daniel Golden won a Pulitzer Prize for his series of articles in the Wall Street Journal exposing the admissions preferences at elite colleges.

Now, his new book, “Spy Schools,” goes into detail on how foreign and domestic intelligence services have turned institutes of higher learning into the front lines of international espionage.

Golden joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss the trend and its implications.


CIA Kicks-off Signature School Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago — CIA Website (February 28 2018)

UIC forms partnership with Central Intelligence Agency — UIC Today (February 28 2018)


CIA Launches Signature School Program at UIC

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