DC, Maryland, and Virginia Area College Students Participate in Central Intelligence Agency Simulation Competition Held at Georgetown University
November 9, 2011
On 3 November 2011, some 50 students from 12 colleges and universities located in the Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia area participated in the Central Intelligence Agency Recruitment Center’s largest analytic simulation competition to date, held on the campus of Georgetown University. The teams, each made up of four undergraduates, played the role of intelligence analysts tasked to assess information and collaborate with other teams to answer key intelligence questions stemming from a hypothetical regional crisis situation.
The students and their faculty advisers met a group of around 25 CIA mentors and role players from the Agency’s analytical arm, the Directorate of Intelligence (DI). The DI team, in total, represented more than 200 years of CIA experience. In the course of the competition, teams prepared briefings for senior DI officers who played the role of Intelligence Community leaders. The senior DI officers judged the teams’ briefings and written products before choosing three finalists and a winner.
The following schools participated in the competition: American University, College of William and Mary, Georgetown University, George Washington University, George Mason University, Howard University, Sweet Briar College, University of Maryland-College Park, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, and Washington College. After a close preliminary round American University, College of William and Mary, and Washington College made the final round. All teams made a strong showing and Washington College emerged the winner.
Judging from the overwhelmingly positive feedback, the competition achieved its goal of giving students important, real-world insight into the complex and challenging field of intelligence analysis. One student wrote, “I truly believe that the CIA simulation has given me an inside look at what being an intelligence analyst entails.” The same student went on to say “after the simulation, I have a more definitive idea of what the CIA contributes to our nation and am eager to learn more about possible careers with the CIA.” Another student concludes, “The simulation is fast-paced and truly tests the abilities of the students.”
At the end of this year, nearly 1,000 students at colleges and universities across the United States will have taken part in CIA simulations. The CIA’s Recruitment Center conducts a variety of other outreach events to engage the public and generate interest in careers at the Agency.