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Academic Affiliates Program

The Hume Center Academic Affiliates Program (AAP) provides an opportunity for partners to develop relationships with the most promising future leaders in national security technologies. Through an annual gift made payable to the Virginia Tech Foundation, members directly support the education and outreach missions of the Hume Center, and engage in shaping and recruiting the brightest talent for the defense, intelligence, and national security communities.

Based on the level of membership, affiliates not only gain access to students engaged in Hume Center programs, but also have an opportunity to engage with faculty and researchers to shape curriculum, drive investments in student research, and engage in workforce development. AAP members have an opportunity to interact with and recruit cleared and clearable students from a wide variety of majors, including electrical and computer engineering, aerospace and ocean engineering, computer science, cybersecurity, mechanical engineering, political science, national security and international studies, and geography.

Graduating More-Prepared Students

Virginia Tech is an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE) program school and AAP funds support the execution of the National Security Education Program. Activities undertaken educate students and ensure its graduates have a strong awareness of the technical and mission challenges of the national security community. Many will have obtained security clearances through internships or graduate research assistantships.

For more information please contact Ehren Hill, Associate Director for Education & Outreach.

Current Distinguished Members

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Current Principal Members
Principal Members

Membership Details

Annual Gift: $20,000

Benefits:

  • Mentor annual Hume Center student research project or sponsor a senior design/capstone project
  • Opportunity to give “Tech Talks” to VT students
  • Annual resume book of undergraduate and graduate students
  • Subscription to the National Security Institute quarterly newsletter
  • Cross-promotion on social media platforms
  • Assistance with internships and job recruiting, and the ability to post jobs to internal websites and student mailing lists
  • Invitation to annual National Security Education Program Colloquium
  • Free admission to the Aerospace, Defense, and Intelligence Career Fair each fall
  • Ability to interact with NSI Leadership and other industry members

Current principal members:

  • BAE Systems
  • ManTech
  • Microsoft
  • Trident
  • Zeta Associates

Annual Gift: $60,000

Benefits:

  • All benefits of Principal Membership, plus:
  • Mentor larger team of undergraduate students
  • Tailored recruiting events, including the opportunity to host individual recruiting events on the VT campus

Current distinguished members:

  • CACI
  • Leidos
  • MITRE
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Raytheon Technologies

 

Annual Gift: $10,000

Benefits:

  • Opportunity to give “Tech Talks” to Virginia Tech students
  • Annual resume book of undergraduate and graduate students
  • Subscription to the National Security Institute quarterly newsletter
  • Cross-promotion on social media platforms
  • Assistance with internships and job recruiting, and the ability to post jobs to internal websites and student mailing lists
  • Invitation to annual National Security Education Program Colloquium
  • Free admission to the Aerospace, Defense, and Intelligence Career Fair each fall
  • Ability to interact with National Security Institute Leadership and other industry members

Annual Gift:  $60,000

Benefits:

  • All benefits of Small Business Membership, plus:
  • Sponsorship of a 1-year Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Internship/practicum with graduate student over the summer

Annual Gift: Varies

Benefits:

All benefits of Small Business Membership, plus:

  • Development of a tailored workforce development program to support recruitment of cleared and clearable students