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The IC Civilian Joint Duty Program works to create cross-agency expertise by fostering an environment of information-sharing, interagency cooperation and intelligence integration at all levels. Joint Duty Assignments provide intelligence professionals an IC-wide enterprise perspective, assist them in cultivating cross-organizational networks, facilitate their ability to share information among other IC employees and organizations, increase participants’ understanding of the scope and complexity of the IC, and contribute to their personal and professional development.
The Joint Duty program was established in response to the requirement of the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) that service in more than one IC element be a condition for promotion to senior executive.
In 2008, the IC Civilian Joint Duty Program was honored with the Innovations in American Government Award by the Ash Institute of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government as a “key to improved national security” and an “innovative solution for improving cross-agency understanding.”
If you are already a member of the IC, and are interested in learning more about Joint Duty opportunities, visit the IC Joint Duty site.
David L. Boren Scholarship
Boren Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities of up to $20,000 for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
David L. Boren Fellowships
Boren Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities of up to $24,000 for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.
The Language Flagship Program
Grants awarded to U.S. Universities recognized as leaders in the field of language education. Designed to support University infrastructure to enhance individuals achievement of superior-level proficiency in critical languages.
Intelligence Community Centers of Academic Excellence (IC CAE)
IC CAE was congressionally mandated with the mission to increase intelligence community job applicants who are multi-disciplinary, as well as culturally and ethnically diverse. IC CAE provides grants to competitively accredited U.S. four-year colleges and universities to support the design and development of intelligence-related curricula.
English for Heritage Language Speakers Scholarship Program
A scholarship program for naturalized U.S. citizens fully proficient in critical languages seeking to apply their professional knowledge in a federal government career. The program held at Georgetown University in Washington, DC combines advanced English language training with professional communications skills and strategies.
Other Government Funded Programs
National Language Service Corps
The NLSC offers individuals with language expertise the opportunity to help their neighbors and fellow citizens by participating in Federal efforts, particularly in times of emergency or crisis when their expertise can truly make a difference.
National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
The U.S. Department of State through the NSLI-Y provides merit-based scholarships for eligible American high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer, semester, and academic year overseas immersion programs.
STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of U.S. citizens learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages. STARTALK offers students (K–16) and teachers of these languages creative and engaging summer experiences that strive to exemplify best practices in language education and in language teacher development.
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy.
Critical Language Scholarships Program (CLS)
CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. students. More information on CLS is available at this link.
U.S. Department of State Limited Non-Career Appointment (LNA) Opportunities
U.S. Department of State offers LNA opportunities ranging from 15 months to 27 months, depending on the specific program. The Consular Fellows Program is a LNA opportunity of up to five years which directly supports the Department of State’s mission to provide overseas consular services that protect U.S. citizens, ensure U.S. national security, facilitate the entry of legitimate travelers, and foster economic growth.
University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL)
CASL is a University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), collaborating with academia, the private sector, and the U.S. government to produce independently validated solutions to advance the capacity of foreign language skills and tools.
The National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLC) – E-Learning Portal
A searchable, annotated bibliographic database of language and culture resources. Subscription is required.
Language Education and Resources Network (LEARN)
LEARN events are targeted sessions where invited attendees share educational best practices, develop networks of teachers to create communities of practices, and reduce duplication of efforts in areas such as curriculum design and course development. LEARN workshop attendance/participation is limited to instructors, course developers, and other language professionals from U.S. government affiliated institutions. No vendors will be allowed to participate.
Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO)
DLNSEO addresses, at a DoD and a national level, the entire linguistic, regional, and cultural spectrum of activity - from public school education to initial foreign language training for civilian and military populations; assessment, enhancement, and sustainment of that training; and the leveraging of international partners.
The Advanced Global Intelligence Learning Environment (AGILE) is a collaborative learning environment that encourages the sharing of learning tools and solutions. AGILE has catalogues and registration for courses from across the Intelligence Community, to include on-line courses in cultural and area studies.
The Foreign Language Initiative – also known as the FLOAT – was an Intelligence Enterprise project that authorized IC agencies and components to exceed their Full Time Equivalent ceilings by 100 positions across the enterprise to facilitate foreign language training. The program was designed to allow IC elements to exceed their authorizations and pay salaries for backfill hires as well as the costs of the foreign language training. The funds of the FLOAT program were realigned from FLPO to the base budgets of the IC agencies and components beginning in fiscal year 2016.
National Cryptologic School (NCS)
The NCS offers language and culture training for U.S. government students in many languages. Courses range from one-on-one tailored directed studies to 12 and 18 month enhancement courses. The Cryptologic Area Studies Program also provides area studies training in English and in foreign languages at the foundational, intermediate, and advanced levels. Course information is available on ATRRS - Army Training Requirements and Resources System website, under School Code 820.
Foreign Service Institute (FSI)
Offers full-time and part time classroom-based instruction to U.S. government personnel in over 70 languages. FSI also offers mentored online distance learning courses.
Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR)
The ILR is an unfunded Federal interagency organization established for the coordination and sharing of information about language-related activities at the Federal level. It serves as the premier way for departments and agencies of the Federal government to keep up-to-date on the progress and implementation of techniques and technology for language learning, language use, language testing and other language related activities.
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