Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be undercover in another country with only yourself to depend on? Have you ever thought about how you might conduct a surveillance mission or how to analyze information for accuracy? Have you ever considered what effect cyber warfare might have on intelligence gathering or what exactly counterterrorism involves?
SI: Level 1 is designed to create an environment in which you can explore answers to these questions and more. This week will consist of lectures by intelligence experts, decision making scenarios, secret missions, and intelligence games. These exercises are designed to further your exploration of the purpose and function of the intelligence field. You will assume a false identity (complete with a back story and a mission) as you compete against other campers in completing objectives while also trying to evade the enemy agents. During these activities, you will explore a wide variety of ideas and disciplines, including intelligence gathering, analysis, cybersecurity, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, policymaking, and ethics and morality in intelligence.
If you are seriously considering a career in the intelligence field, then consider also attending SI: Level 2. It is designed to give you an even deeper look at what it is like to work in the intelligence community.
Samantha Watkins is a graduate of PHC's Strategic Intelligence track ('15) and proud Kentuckian who has vowed to keep her southern roots intact no matter where she goes. During her time at PHC, she enjoyed working on several projects, including leading the FBI Counterintelligence Journal, teaching and mentoring new freshmen in PHC's Introduction to Intelligence project, and playing the US President during crisis simulations.
Sam interned at the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in the State Department and hopes to go back someday as a full time employee overseas. She has been involved with SI camp for 4 years and continues towards her goal of making each year better than the last. During her limited free time, she spends entirely too much time cuddling with her beloved cats and she loves nothing more than dancing, fiction writing, and making messes in the kitchen and calling it cooking.