Gain Real Experience In International Security Taught By US Intelligence Leaders

National Security &

Intelligence Summit

Collaborate With Military Leaders

Learn From And Work With Security and Intelligence Experts

Learn From Security Experts Across The Globe

Students will assist a security company in the developing world with counterterrorism measures

Work With College Admissions Experts

One-On-One Application Assistance And Meetings With Top University Admissions Officers

Use Grant Money To Create Security Solutions

Your Proposal Will Be Enacted By A Security Firm In The Developing World

National Security & Intelligence Summit

Students have a unique opportunity to work directly with national security experts, learn about the latest intelligence strategies, and implement security strategies to save lives.

Students are coached by professional military leaders to design solutions to security issues facing real communities in the developing world. Students will work directly with security forces protecting communities from terrorism.

For their final project, students will design and propose a security strategy to save lives with the help and mentoring of security industry professionals in order to focus and apply their understanding.

Participants will present these proposed strategies to a panel of experts, top strategies will be implemented by actual security companies in the developing world over the following year.

Participants will meet online with representatives from all branches of the military, federal agencies, military academies, and private companies to learn about the education and career opportunities available to them. 2020 representatives include CIA, FBI, Secret Service, West Point, the U.S. Department of State, Navy Seals and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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Rising Freshmen To Graduating Seniors

Grades:

14 Days

June 20th, 2021 - July 3rd, 2021

12:00 to 5:00 pm EST

Online

Price:

$2250 *17 Financial Assistance Scholarships Are Still Available

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THE ONLY ONLINE SUMMER PROGRAM IN THE WORLD

WHERE STUDENTS...

Gain Real Security & Intelligence

Gathering Experience

Work With Leaders From The

National Security Sector

Meet With National Intelligence

& Security Recruiters and Officers

Use Grant Money To Design

A Security Solution To Save Lives

Intern with a security agency with offices in the developing world and create a security solution that will be implemented over the course of one year. These efforts will counter terrorist activities and potentially save lives.

Interns partner with current and former experts from the Pentagon, FBI, CIA, Secret Service, and State Department to assist in creating solutions for their security issue.

Students are coached by professional military leaders to design solutions to security issues facing real communities in the developing world. Students will work directly with security forces protecting communities from terrorism.

Interns will allocate seed money for their security partner using a grant from our top sponsors.

A grant committee with representatives from the Pentagon, Harvard and Leadership Initiatives will evaluate each proposal.

Top solutions, will be selected by the grant committee and receive full funding to see the intern's ideas for their security partner implemented over the course of one year.

Participants will virtually meet one-on-one with representatives from all branches of the military, federal agencies, military academies, and private companies to learn about the education and career opportunities available to them.

2020 representatives include CIA, FBI, Secret Service, West Point, the U.S. Department of State, Navy Seals and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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Program Highlights

Intern with a security company in the developing world and create security solutions to save lives.

Direct Security Experience

Choose How To Implement a Security Grant

Participate In Real Combat Training

Interns receive hands-on experience in combat training and strategy from U.S. Marine drill sergeants.

Training will include hand to hand combat, disarming attackers with weapons and weapons exercises.

Interns travel to a military training paintball course to test tactical and intelligence gathering tactics.

Students will learn about flanking, piercing and pincer maneuvers, along with the importance of leadership and teamwork in a combat setting.

Students choose how to implement a grant designed to assistant a security company in the developing world by creating security solutions for a community affected by the Boko Haram.

Interns will partner with specific mentors and gain hands-on security experience designing new counter-insurgency security solutions with leaders from the CIA, Pentagon, FBI, U.S. Military and more.

Implement Security Solutions With Intelligence And Security Experts

Expert Mentors

Gain Career Advice From Security Pioneers

National Intelligence and Security Workshops

Interns will partner with specific mentors and gain hands-on security experience designing new counter-insurgency security solutions with leaders from the CIA, Pentagon, FBI, U.S. Military and more.

Experts will serve as student leadership coaches throughout the week. Interns will work directly with these security leaders to create defined methods and goals on how to support their security partner and save lives.

Interns meet with highly respected civilian policymakers and senior military officers who are responsible for global and national security decisions.

Students will learn directly from security leaders involved in the implementation of national security strategies in a variety of keynote, panel, and small group speaking events.

Students Have The Rare Opportunity To Design A Security Plan To Combat Terrorism In Sub-Saharan Africa.

Real Counter-Terrorism

Experience

Develop A Security Plan

Create Safer Communities in Sub-Saharan Africa

By working to protect communities from terrorism, interns transform the lives of thousands of people by building a safe and secure environment.

The impact goes far beyond security by improving education, economic growth, employment opportunities,  and overall health outcomes,

For their final project, students will design and propose a security strategy to save lives with the help and mentoring of security industry professionals in order to focus and apply their understanding.

Participants will present these proposed strategies to a panel of experts, and top strategies will be implemented by actual security companies in the developing world over the following year.

National Security & Intelligence Internship

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All-Inclusive Tuition Cost-$2250

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Work Directly With Leaders From The Following Institutions

Pentagon
FBI
CIA
National Security Agency
Homeland Security
Secret Service
Marines
Army
Navy
Air Force

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Collaborate With Leading National Security Minds

Rusty Capps

Counter-Terrorism Expert/Training Instructor For The FBI, CIA, and State Department
Rusty Capps

Counter-Terrorism Expert/Training Instructor For The FBI, CIA, and State Department

One of the country's leading instructors and advocates for counterterrorism, counterintelligence and security awareness education, Mr. Capps is sought after by academic, public and private sector organizations to provide insight on issues relating to our national security. He is an accomplished educator who imparts passion for these topics and impresses upon students the importance they bear on our national security and foreign policy. He has extraordinary knowledge of cases and events relating to counterterrorism and counterintelligence and is able to speak on numerous different topics, many which are taken directly from his past experiences as an FBI agent.

Beginning with the 2017 Fall Term at Radford University in Virginia Mr. Capps was appointed an Adjunct Professor and taught a Junior-Senior Seminar titled “Terrorism and Homeland Security Issues.” During the 2018 Spring Term he taught “US Intelligence and Federal Law Enforcement: 1776 – Present.” And for the Fall Semester, 2018, he is again teaching international and domestic terrorism seminar.

Bill Stefan

Department of Defense- Deputy for Enterprise Management
Bill Stefan

Department of Defense- Deputy for Enterprise Management

As a Senior Executive in the federal government, Bill has over 40 years of experience in management, employee training and development, strategic planning, creating global communications and strategic networks, and research & development.

Bill has over 15 years of Senior Executive Service within the US Intelligence Community, including assignments as Associate Director of National Intelligence for Financial Management, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Deputy Enterprise Management, DIA Director of DIA Business Solutions, Director DIA Resource Management Office, Deputy Director of the Military Intelligence Staff, and DIA lead for the Iraq Threat Finance Cell.

Bill was also a former Senior Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers and a retired US Army Officer with over 22 years of service. Bill graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1976 and obtained a Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University in 1981. Bill holds certifications as a CPA, CFE, CGFM, and CDFM.

Ben Taylor

Director for Counterterrorism on the staff of the National Security Council
Ben Taylor

Director for Counterterrorism on the staff of the National Security Council

Ben Taylor currently serves as a Director for Counterterrorism on the staff of the National
Security Council. His responsibilities include coordinating and implementing policy for the U.S.
Government to globally counter the Islamic State of Iraq and ash Sham (ISIS) and to prioritize
resources towards interdependencies between U.S. counterterrorism objectives and great
power competition. Ben previously served as the Director of Future Operations and Sensitive
Activities for a counterterrorism unit at Fort Bragg, NC. Ben’s 21 years in the U.S. Army include
17 years in Special Forces with command and staff positions in 3d Special Forces Group and
previously with the 82nd Airborne Division as an Infantry officer. He has deployed on five
combat operations to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria and conducted operational missions in
Central Asia. Ben has a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and International/Strategic
History from the U.S. Military Academy and a Masters of Science in Defense Analysis, with a
concentration in Counterterrorism, from the Naval Postgraduate School.

John E. Ouellette

Deputy Commander, Coastal Riverine Group Two Prospective Commanding Officer, Coastal Riverine Squadron Eight
John E. Ouellette

Deputy Commander, Coastal Riverine Group Two Prospective Commanding Officer, Coastal Riverine Squadron Eight

Captain Ouellette is currently serving as Reserve Deputy Commander, Coastal Riverine Group TWO Executive Officer and has been selected to assume Command of Coastal Riverine Squadron EIGHT (CRS8), December, 2020. He assumed his current duties Dec 1, 2019. He previously served as Executive Officer of CRS8. He was mobilized from June 2016 to July 2017 as Assistant Officer-in-Charge (Executive Officer) of an undisclosed expeditionary airbase in the C5F Area of Operations. Additionally, he served as Chief Staff Officer, Naval Reserve Expeditionary Strike Group Seven and Task Force 76.
Ouellette's formative sea duty assignments include tours as Third Division Officer and Communications Officer on USS ASHLAND (LSD-48); and Officer-in-Charge Mark V Special Operations Craft Detachment ONE with SPECIAL BOAY UNIT TWENTY. While on ASHLAND he qualified Surface Warfare Officer and while at SBU-20 he qualified Special Warfare Combatant Craft Patrol Officer.
As a reservist, Ouellette served as Officer-in-Charge of FFG Augment Unit 215, NR DESRON 7, ACB-1 Det 110 and ACU-1 Det 1813. He has also served as Landward Security Officer MSRON 14 and Commanding Officer LCS Seaframe Det Fort Worth. While with ACB-1 he qualified as Seabee Combat Warfare Officer.
Captain Ouellette reported to RTC Great Lakes January, 1994, graduated Boot Camp in march and reported to USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) as un undesignated Airman. While on ROOSEVELT, he struck Aviation Ordnanceman. He was selected to attend Officer Candidate School and graduated as an Ensign in July, 1995.
Ouellette attended the University of Wisconsin graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and has received Master of Business Administration from Edgewood College, Madison, WI as well as Joint Professional Military Education Phase I from Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards). He is married to his wife of 24 years, Jennifer, and has three children, Sophie, Katie and Henry.

Rick Kuehn

Pilot, American Airlines & Lt Col, USAF Reserve
Rick Kuehn

Pilot, American Airlines & Lt Col, USAF Reserve

Rick’s career has taken him all over the world, from Afghanistan and rural Kenya to New York City and Washington, DC. He is currently working as a pilot for American Airlines and serves in the Air Force Reserve.

Previously, he managed an engineering consulting start-up in Manhattan, led a water supply project in Kipingi Kenya with Engineers Without Borders, responded to disasters with the American Red Cross in Greater New York, and commanded an Air Force rapid-response team that responds to humanitarian and other emergencies, setting up and operating airfields on short notice with minimal manpower and equipment. Rick has a BA in history and a BE in computer engineering from Stevens Tech, an MBA from the University of South Carolina, and a Masters in Military Studies from Marine Corps University. He has been on the board of Leadership Initiatives since 2014.

Steven Brown

Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Air force
Steven Brown

Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Air force

Lieutenant Colonel Steven “Skippy” Brown was commissioned through the ROTC program at the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. His first assignment was to the 2nd Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB, Colorado, where he was a Global Positioning System (GPS) Satellite Vehicle Operator and Analyst. Lieutenant Colonel Brown then left active duty and became a traditional reservist in the 19th Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB, Colorado, where he continued to work with GPS. Then, he served as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Advanced Navigation Operations course for Air Force Space Command, and the Chief of the Development Branch, Headquarters Reserve National Security Space Institute (RNSSI). At the same time, Lieutenant Colonel Brown earned his Master’s in Aerospace Engineering, from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In his civilian role, he has spent the last 12 years as a senior space system engineer supporting various GPS and classified programs.

In 2016, he was hand-selected as an Executive Officer for the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. After 18 years of space assignments, he is currently a Joint Planning Officer for the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC), where he is ready to deploy in order to accelerate the formation and increase the effectiveness of newly formed Joint Force Headquarters.

EDUCATION
2000 Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics, University of California at Berkeley, CA
2002 Aerospace Basic, Maxwell AFB, AL
2006 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2008 Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, CO
2016 Air Command and Staff College (correspondence)
2018 Air War College (correspondence)

ASSIGNMENTS
1. August 2001 - July 2005, Global Positioning System (GPS) Satellite Vehicle Operator; GPS Spacecraft Systems Analyst; GPS Modernization Analyst, 2nd Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB, CO
2. July 2005 - November 2013, GPS Vehicle Advanced Operator, Chief of Evaluations, 19th Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB, CO
3. November 2013 - April 2019, Space Professional Instructor, Instructor Advanced Academics Branch, Chief Faculty Enrichment Branch, Chief Development Branch, Headquarters Reserve National Security Space Institute, Peterson AFB, CO
4. April 2019 - Present, Joint Planning Officer, Joint Planning Support Element, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, Norfolk Naval Station, VA
DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air & Space Campaign Medal
PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant February 1, 2001
First Lieutenant February 1, 2003
Captain February 1, 2005
Major March 30, 2011
Lt Col December 1, 2017

(Current as of July 2020)

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Meet With College Admissions Experts

Zak Harris

Former Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Johns Hopkins University
Zak Harris

Former Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Johns Hopkins University

I am the former Director of Admission at Regis College in Weston, MA. I have also worked in the admission offices at Bowdoin College, Johns Hopkins University, and the George Washington University.

My passion for students has always fueled my work with students and their families. The college process is a journey and I enjoy providing guidance and insight for those who are going through it.

Outside of my work in higher education, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and my family, running, and watching sports.

Susan Shifflett

Yale University-Assistant Director of Admissions (Former)
Susan Shifflett

Yale University-Assistant Director of Admissions (Former)

Born and raised in northern California, I am an ABC (American-born Chinese) of Hakka heritage and speak Chinese and English. As an Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office, I am very familiar with high schools in the northern California and Washington DC regions.

I love working with students! As an admissions officer at Yale, I loved seeing students on campus that I had “met” (on paper) through the application process. Since then, I have continued to work alongside American and Chinese students who have interned in my workplaces, in the private sector, government, and NGOs, both in the U.S. and in China (I worked in Beijing for 3 years).

In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my husband, Charlie, and our 2-year-old Golden Retriever puppy, Zebedee. Some of my hobbies include triathlons, guitar, and eating out!

Daniel Zawacki

Assistant Director of Admissions at the George Washington University
Daniel Zawacki

Assistant Director of Admissions at the George Washington University

Dan is an Assistant Director of Admissions at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he's overseen the Visit & Events team since 2017. Responsible for the on-campus and virtual engagement experience of over 70,000 visitors each year, he also manages a recruitment and application evaluation territory that covers Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri.

An active member of both NACAC and its PCACAC regional affiliate, Dan began his career as an Admissions Counselor at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD. He then worked as a Senior Admission Counselor at the Catholic University of America, also in D.C., before coming to GW. He earned his Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration & Policy from the Pennsylvania State University, and his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Michelle Stinson

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at American University
Michelle Stinson

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at American University

Michelle Stinson graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC in 2013, double majoring in English and Government. Following graduation, she began working in Admissions at her alma mater.

In 2016, she worked in College and Career Readiness as a Dual Enrollment and Persistence Counselor at Charles R. Drew Charter School in Atlanta, GA.

As of January 2020, Michelle is currently an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at American University, and works with students in DC, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Dejah Greene

Admissions Officer at Howard University
Dejah Greene

Admissions Officer at Howard University

Dejah Greene is an Admissions Officer at Howard University who has a passion for assisting students and families in the admissions process.

Dejah is an experienced admissions officer and administrative assistant with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry and federal government. Strong in the arts and social sciences with a Master's degree focused in Forensic Psychology from Walden University.

At Howard, Dejah primarily reviews prospective student applications for first preliminary recommendation for admission and works to make decisions based on a holistic view.

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Testimonial

Intelligence Internship

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The Leadership Initiatives National Security and Intelligence Summit was a great way to spend my summer. Despite many internships being canceled due to COVID-19, Leadership Initiative still ran their programs by moving to an online format. In the program, my team and I worked to create a plan to protect Yobe State University, which is in Nigeria, from threats presented by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Over the course of two weeks, we got to consult with security experts from the US military, FBI, and NSA as we created our security solution. Our final solution included training for an active-shooter attack at the university for students, faculty, and security staff, as well as social awareness training in order for everyone at the university to have the ability to identify a potential threat. We also purchased walkie-talkies in order for the security staff to communicate, because they currently do not have any working equipment."

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Willows Academy, Class of 2023

National Security & Intelligence Internship

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Brigid W.

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I heard about LI through a friend of mine, and I am so happy she told me because it truly has changed my life for the better. It is so hard to find education for this kind of topic as a junior in Highschool, I had been looking for a long time and by chance I was lucky enough to learn about this program. It was something I truly am considering for my future career, and I believe it has not only given me knowledge and skills for that career but also connections to help guide me through the process. I believe my favorite part was working with my team and getting to know them. I do not know anyone who shares interests like this and so meeting my group was a unique experience that I very much enjoyed. I would like to say thank you to all the LI staff who made this possible and truly a great experience for me."

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Glenwood Springs High School , Class of 2021

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School:

Dalton D.

National Security &

Intelligence Internship

National Security & Intelligence Internship

Testimonial

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My experience with the National Security and Intelligence summit was extremely insightful and furthered my interest in the counterterrorism field as my future. Some of the highlights included having valuable lectures and conversations with individuals such as Rusty Capps, Barbara Clark, and Ben Taylor each of whom I look up to and aspire to emulate within my future career hopefully as an FBI agent. My accomplishments within the internship include receiving valuable and positive feedback from the guests and partners. While also reducing my fear of public speaking due to gaining tips and advice from experts that have allowed me to be confident and better equipped for presentations. I also was able to pass all exams we took before the start of the internship with 100 percent and remain competitive throughout as well. In regards to the final project, my team and I received approval for our solution to improve communication within Yobe State University against Boko Haram. The measures we have chosen to implement include walkie talkies to establish better communication with the military, a siren system with practice drills to ensure students reach the safe area quickly, and also secure storage to help ensure the durability and accountability of these devices."

Student Name:

Deltona High School , Class of 2021

Summer Program:

School:

Mariana S.

National Security &

Intelligence Internship

National Security & Intelligence Internship

Testimonial

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What was one thing that surprised you about the online format? I was surprised that our team was able to collaborate so easily on our solutions. Since it was online, I expected there to be miscommunications and other problems, but it went smoothly."

Student Name:

Lambert High School , Class of 2023

Summer Program:

School:

Shreya M.

National Security &

Intelligence Internship

National Security & Intelligence Internship

Testimonial

"

As a part of Leadership Initiatives, I helped create a security plan to be implemented for a security company in Nigeria protecting a university from a terrorist group. Boko Haram wants to stop the spread of western education through Northern Nigeria and uses extreme violent methods to do so. My team and I created solutions to try and stop the terrorist group from harassing Yobe State University. Our solution consisted of creating social awareness manuals and pamphlets, while also establishing a plan in case of an active shooter. We talked to some of the best experts in the National Security and Intelligence fields, such as Rusty Capps, Bill Stefan, and Lyne Clark. Our final project aligned with the other teams because we believed that the best way to help our security company in Nigeria was to work together."

Student Name:

Fairfax High School, Class of 2021

Summer Program:

School:

Aditya K.

National Security &

Intelligence Internship

National Security & Intelligence Internship

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Academic, College Application

& Career Benefits

SAT/ACT Training

TestRocker is the premier online SAT/ACT training resource for high school students across the United States.

LI has designed a system that will calculate the probability of acceptance into the student’s top university choices

YDP participants have access to college admissions panels with representatives from some of the top universities in the nation.

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College Probability Modeling

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College Essay Review

All YDP participants are able to submit five college application essays for review by our partners at University Connection.

YDP students will have the opportunity to have two letters of recommendation written for them by any LI staff member.

Students who participate in a YDP help create a new business or expand a growing business in a developing country

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Scholarship Assistance

LI has compiled a database of past scholarship recipients to identify these factors and ease the burden of scholarship application for YDP students.

All YDP participantsnts receive professional resume creation advice and help from Leadership Initiatives.

LI will work to ensure that your work to transform lives is recognized.

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Leadership Initiatives creates a personalized website for each International Internship Program team highlighting their collaborative efforts with their partner in the International Business & Development Internship, International Law & Advocacy Internship, or International Public Health Internship.

The website displays your team's solutions, grant proposal, photos of your partners, and illustrates the impact your team has had on the life and community of your partners. The website link is included in your letters of recommendation, allowing colleges to independently explore the phenomenal work done by each and every student.

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