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DEA and JMU partner in education and training

The U.S. intelligence community has joined JMU in a partnership with the information analysis major in the College of Integrated Science and Technology. Anthony Placido, assistant administrator and chief of intelligence at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and Sharon Lovell, interim dean of the College of Integrated Science and Technology, signed a cooperative agreement that is twofold.

DEA representative Anthony Placido and Sharon Lovell, interim CISAT dean, sign an education partnership agreement.

DEA representative Anthony Placido and Sharon Lovell, interim CISAT dean, sign an education partnership agreement.

This agreement established an intelligence analyst intern program at the DEA specifically for students enrolled in the JMU information analysis program. The agreement also provides mutual support for analytic education and training between the two organizations. The information analysis major is designed for students seeking critical thinking, geo-political and technological skills to further the capability of the U.S. intelligence community. Madison students chosen to participate in the intern program will spend two consecutive summer semesters at the DEA, which will receive the first cohort of students in summer 2010.

Between the first and second summers, interns will be processed for top-secret clearances and will be well positioned to gain full time DEA employment after graduation.