Application Information

Application Open: Immediately

Application Deadline: November 29, 2019

Information Session: November 18, 2019, 5:30PM at UT-Austin RLP 1.302E

Please carefully review and complete all of the following steps to submit your application for 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 TIA 2020 are due by November 29, 2019 by 11:59 PM CST. Finalists will be notified by December 14, 2019 and will be invited for a phone interview. Students selected to participate in the TIA will be notified on or before December 31, 2019. 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 one-page resume that describes your education, professional experiences (including volunteer work and internships), leadership roles, and/or other extracurricular experiences. 

Transcripts:  Submit current official or unofficial transcripts from your UT-System institution.

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, your academic interests, previous relevant experiences 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 must be from a faculty member at your UT-System institution. Referees are also welcome to submit their signed letters directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 29, 2019. 

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

  1. Any student disciplinary actions taken 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 probation period
    • 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.