Gain Real Experience In International Security Taught By US Intelligence Leaders

National Security &

Intelligence Summit

Collaborate With Military Leaders

Learn From And Work With Security and Intelligence Experts

Exclusive Tours Of Leading US Intelligence Services

Learn From Intelligence And Security Specialists Protecting Our Nation

Work With College Admissions Experts

One-On-One Application Assistance And Meetings With Top University Admissions Officers

Use Grant Money To Create Security Solutions

Your Proposal Will Be Enacted By A Security Firm In The Developing World

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National Security & Intelligence Summit

Students have a unique opportunity to work directly with national security experts, learn about the latest intelligence strategies, and implement security strategies to save lives.

Students are coached by professional military leaders to design solutions to security issues facing real communities in the developing world. Students will work directly with security forces protecting communities from terrorism.

For their final project, students will design and propose a security strategy to save lives with the help and mentoring of security industry professionals in order to focus and apply their understanding.

Participants will present these proposed strategies to a panel of experts, top strategies will be implemented by actual security companies in the developing world over the following year.

Participants will meet online with representatives from all branches of the military, federal agencies, military academies, and private companies to learn about the education and career opportunities available to them. 2020 representatives include The National Security Agency, CIA, FBI, Secret Service, West Point, the U.S. Department of State, Navy Seals and the U.S. Air Force Academy.


Summit Dates:


Rising Freshmen To Graduating Seniors


14 Days

June 28th - July 11th, 2020



$2200 *22 Financial Assistance Scholarships Are Still Available




Gain Real Security & Intelligence

Gathering Experience

Work With Leaders From The

National Security Sector

Meet With National Intelligence

& Security Recruiters and Officers

Use Grant Money To Design

A Security Solution To Save Lives

Intern with a security agency with offices in the developing world and create a security solution that will be implemented over the course of one year. These efforts will counter terrorist activities and potentially save lives.

Interns partner with current and former experts from the Pentagon, FBI, CIA, Secret Service, National Security Agency and State Department to assist in creating solutions for their security issue.

Students are coached by professional military leaders to design solutions to security issues facing real communities in the developing world. Students will work directly with security forces protecting communities from terrorism.

Interns will allocate seed money for their security partner using a grant from our top sponsors.

A grant committee with representatives from the Pentagon, Harvard and Leadership Initiatives will evaluate each proposal.

Top solutions, will be selected by the grant committee and receive full funding to see the intern's ideas for their security partner implemented over the course of one year.

Participants will virtually meet one-on-one with representatives from all branches of the military, federal agencies, military academies, and private companies to learn about the education and career opportunities available to them.

2020 representatives include The National Security Agency, CIA, FBI, Secret Service, West Point, the U.S. Department of State, Navy Seals and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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Program Highlights

Intern with a security company in the developing world and create security solutions to save lives.

Direct Security Experience

Choose How To Implement a Security Grant

Participate In Real Combat Training

Interns receive hands-on experience in combat training and strategy from U.S. Marine drill sergeants.

Training will include hand to hand combat, disarming attackers with weapons and weapons exercises.

Interns travel to a military training paintball course to test tactical and intelligence gathering tactics.

Students will learn about flanking, piercing and pincer maneuvers, along with the importance of leadership and teamwork in a combat setting.

Students choose how to implement a grant designed to assistant a security company in the developing world by creating security solutions for a community affected by the Boko Haram.

Interns will partner with specific mentors and gain hands-on security experience designing new counter-insurgency security solutions with leaders from the CIA, Pentagon, FBI, U.S. Military and more.

Implement Security Solutions With Intelligence And Security Experts

Expert Mentors

Gain Career Advice From Security Pioneers

National Intelligence and Security Workshops

Interns will partner with specific mentors and gain hands-on security experience designing new counter-insurgency security solutions with leaders from the CIA, Pentagon, FBI, U.S. Military and more.

Experts will serve as student leadership coaches throughout the week. Interns will work directly with these security leaders to create defined methods and goals on how to support their security partner and save lives.

Interns meet with highly respected civilian policymakers and senior military officers who are responsible for global and national security decisions.

Students will learn directly from security leaders involved in the implementation of national security strategies in a variety of keynote, panel, and small group speaking events.

Students Have A Rare Opportunity To Visit The United States Governments Leading Security Agencies

Exclusive Site Visits

National Security Tours and Round Tables

Exclusive Military Site Visits With Specialized Tours

Go behind the scenes to see how the US military operates and gain a greater understanding of how your career can align with your interests and passions.

Exclusive visits include the US Pentagon, Fort Meyer, Andrews Air Force Base and military training facilities across the Washington DC area.

Students will have the opportunity to tour the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau Of Investigation and the State Department.

Students will see how life and death decisions are made by leading United States security agencies.

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Work Directly With Leaders From The Following Institutions

National Security Agency
Homeland Security
Secret Service
Air Force

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Collaborate With Leading National Security Minds

Rusty Capps

Counter-Terrorism Expert/Training Instructor For The FBI, CIA, and State Department
Rusty Capps

Counter-Terrorism Expert/Training Instructor For The FBI, CIA, and State Department

One of the country's leading instructors and advocates for counterterrorism, counterintelligence and security awareness education, Mr. Capps is sought after by academic, public and private sector organizations to provide insight on issues relating to our national security. He is an accomplished educator who imparts passion for these topics and impresses upon students the importance they bear on our national security and foreign policy. He has extraordinary knowledge of cases and events relating to counterterrorism and counterintelligence and is able to speak on numerous different topics, many which are taken directly from his past experiences as an FBI agent.

Beginning with the 2017 Fall Term at Radford University in Virginia Mr. Capps was appointed an Adjunct Professor and taught a Junior-Senior Seminar titled “Terrorism and Homeland Security Issues.” During the 2018 Spring Term he taught “US Intelligence and Federal Law Enforcement: 1776 – Present.” And for the Fall Semester, 2018, he is again teaching international and domestic terrorism seminar.

Bill Stefan

Department of Defense- Deputy for Enterprise Management
Bill Stefan

Department of Defense- Deputy for Enterprise Management

As a Senior Executive in the federal government, Bill has over 40 years of experience in management, employee training and development, strategic planning, creating global communications and strategic networks, and research & development.

Bill has over 15 years of Senior Executive Service within the US Intelligence Community, including assignments as Associate Director of National Intelligence for Financial Management, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Deputy Enterprise Management, DIA Director of DIA Business Solutions, Director DIA Resource Management Office, Deputy Director of the Military Intelligence Staff, and DIA lead for the Iraq Threat Finance Cell.

Bill was also a former Senior Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers and a retired US Army Officer with over 22 years of service. Bill graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1976 and obtained a Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University in 1981. Bill holds certifications as a CPA, CFE, CGFM, and CDFM.

Deane Williams

Division Director for Department of Defense Inspector General
Deane Williams

Division Director for Department of Defense Inspector General

Terron Sims, II

Terron Sims, II


Rick Kuehn

Pilot, American Airlines & Lt Col, USAF Reserve
Rick Kuehn

Pilot, American Airlines & Lt Col, USAF Reserve

Rick’s career has taken him all over the world, from Afghanistan and rural Kenya to New York City and Washington, DC. He is currently working as a pilot for American Airlines and serves in the Air Force Reserve.

Previously, he managed an engineering consulting start-up in Manhattan, led a water supply project in Kipingi Kenya with Engineers Without Borders, responded to disasters with the American Red Cross in Greater New York, and commanded an Air Force rapid-response team that responds to humanitarian and other emergencies, setting up and operating airfields on short notice with minimal manpower and equipment. Rick has a BA in history and a BE in computer engineering from Stevens Tech, an MBA from the University of South Carolina, and a Masters in Military Studies from Marine Corps University. He has been on the board of Leadership Initiatives since 2014.

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Meet With College Admissions Experts

Susan Shifflett

Yale University-Assistant Director of Admissions (Former)
Susan Shifflett

Yale University-Assistant Director of Admissions (Former)

Born and raised in northern California, I am an ABC (American-born Chinese) of Hakka heritage and speak Chinese and English. As an Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office, I am very familiar with high schools in the northern California and Washington DC regions.

I love working with students! As an admissions officer at Yale, I loved seeing students on campus that I had “met” (on paper) through the application process. Since then, I have continued to work alongside American and Chinese students who have interned in my workplaces, in the private sector, government, and NGOs, both in the U.S. and in China (I worked in Beijing for 3 years).

In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my husband, Charlie, and our 2-year-old Golden Retriever puppy, Zebedee. Some of my hobbies include triathlons, guitar, and eating out!

Danae McElroy

University of California, Los Angeles School of Law-Director Of Admissions
Danae McElroy

University of California, Los Angeles School of Law-Director Of Admissions

Shawn D. McShay

Boston College Law School-Assistant Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid
Shawn D. McShay

Boston College Law School-Assistant Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid

Shawn McShay serves as the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at Boston College Law School. Previously, he was the Assistant Dean of Admissions at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. There, he managed the JD and LLM admissions operation, as well as the University’s multi-million dollar merit scholarship and endowment fund. In addition, Dean McShay has served as Senior Director of Enrollment at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, and Assistant Director of Admissions at Fordham University Law School.

Dean McShay holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He has held leadership positions in the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). He has also served on the planning committee for the Annual Meeting of Law School Diversity Professionals for which he is the current conference chair.

Erica Curtis

Brown University-Admissions Evaluator (Former)
Erica Curtis

Brown University-Admissions Evaluator (Former)

I am a Former Admissions Evaluator at Brown University and have been working in college admissions for almost a decade. I have enjoyed counseling hundreds of students through the college admissions process as the Director of College Counseling and Associate Director of College Counseling at various independent schools in Maryland. My knowledge of selective college admissions has only increased through membership in NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) and PCACAC (Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling) and travel to professional conferences and campus visits.

I also love teaching students and have taught US history, American government, French and psychology classes in the past. My foray into education began with a year abroad in South Korea teaching ESL.

I have my BA from the Pennsylvania State University in History and French, MA from Columbia University in French Studies, and a MAT from Brown University in Secondary Education. I lived abroad in Paris for three years and take every opportunity to return to France as often as possible.

When I am not advising students about the college admissions process, I am an avid knitter, weaver, baker, and hiker.

Reggie McGahee

George Washington University-Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid
Reggie McGahee

George Washington University-Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid

A former National Bar Association“Young Lawyer of the Year” and “Top 40 Lawyer Under 40”, Reginald A. McGahee became an Assistant Dean at Howard University School of Law at the age of 26. He currently serves as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions and is well known for his innovative ideas and dedication to helping shape the future of the law school.

A Georgia native, Dean McGahee graduated South Carolina State University (“SCSU”) with honors with dual degrees in English and Political Science. While at SCSU, he traveled the country to represent his undergrad, was selected to serve as a Washington DC Capitol Intern, served as the Student Director of the South Carolina Legislative Black and was selected as a fellow at the University of Virginia Ralph Bunche Summer Institute in the area of political science for his research in group utility heuristics in the African American Community.

In addition to his responsibilities as Associate Dean, Reginald is a former partner at Mincey, Battle and McGahee, LLP, where he negotiated contracts for professional athletes. Dean McGahee has spoken internationally in Brazil, Switzerland, Canada, France, London, Mexico, and the United Arab Emirates and at over 100 events domestically. His areas of expertise range from law school admissions, diversity in the legal profession, student and professional success to the impact that education has on emerging communities in the 21st century.

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June 28th - July 11th



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Program Tuition & Assistance

Advanced Medical & Public

Health Summit Testimonial

Having the opportunity to diagnose and recommend treatment to patients in other countries has made me fall in love with the field of medicine even more.


LI has contributed to my future in medicine and in the largest way possible; exposure to the field itself!"

Student Name:

Advanced Medical & Public Health Summit

Now Interning For Leadership Initiatives and Working Directly With Surgeons On Our Medical Tier 2 Program.


Summer Program:

Shane A.

International Leadership &

Business Internship Summit



During my business internship, I researched and taught new welding techniques to my business partner Raibu. Working with Leadership Initiatives, I get to change lives and that is what now drives me every day.

I have never stepped foot in Bauchi, Nigeria, but it is my goal to change lives there for generations to come."

Student Name:

International Leadership & Business Internship Summit

Creating new welding logos for his business partner Raibu.


Summer Program:

Korben L.

Advanced Law & Trial


Internship Summit


I truly believe Leadership Initiatives brought me a step closer to my goal of becoming a lawyer. It is mind-boggling that I meet with a member of Congress to advocate for my client. This experience gave me a chance to demonstrate my intellect and potential to those who have the power to change my life.

There are no words to express how grateful I am for the opportunity to complete such an amazing program."

Student Name:

Advanced Law & Trial Summit

Preparing To Attend Tier 2 Of The Advanced Law & Trial Summit.


Summer Program:

Melissa F.



My daughter Lucy's transformation is an amazing one to us. She has always been a good student but there is now a sense of direction and focus, a personal invigoration, as well as a greater sense of happiness and satisfaction that shines through her, which we believe stems from her believing in herself more and having a more clear path that she has created for herself.


We couldn’t have asked for more. "

Parent Name:

Advanced Medical & Public Health Summit

Lucy diagnosing her patient Hauwa Abubakar with Typhoid using Oculus Rift


Summer Program:

Lily W.

Student Mentorship


Leadership Initiatives opens doors for all those involved. For example, when I was accepted into Georgetown University, Leadership Initiatives lined up calls for me to speak with a professor about scholarship opportunities and a neurosurgeon to learn about the medical school."


Student Name:

International Leadership & Business Internship Summit

Attending The University of Notre Dame on a full-ride academic & leadership scholarship.


Summer Program:

Anna K.



I took the SAT twice my junior year on exams I scored exactly the same, 1100. I was devastated because this score was not high enough for me to run track at the collegiate level.


I started on Testrocker days later and kept up with it almost every day until my next scheduled SAT in October of my senior year and received a score of 1310.

I increased my score by 210 points in a matter of months as a result of TestRocker's online testing, practice quizzes, and video tutorials!"

Student Name:

International Leadership & Business Internship Summit

Running Track As A Freshman At Saint Joseph’s University


Summer Program:

Ashley M.

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Academic, College Application

& Career Benefits

All students attending Leadership Initiatives Summer Programs are entitled to ten benefits that no other organization around the world offers to their participants. Each benefit is specifically designed to assist the participating student with entrance into college or gain experience/knowledge in a career they wish to one day pursue.

In 2020 our graduating seniors:

Received over $6.92 million dollars in scholarships for college.

Had over 450 essays edited for college applications.

87% of our graduating seniors requested and received letters of recommendation.

On average increased their ACT scores by 4 points and SAT scores by 240 points.

Click on the links to your left and to the right below to learn more.

Our Top 10 Academic, College Selection And College Application Benefits

1. College Admissions Counseling

2. College Probability Modeling

3. SAT/ACT Training Courses

4. College Essay Review Service

5. Letters Of Recommendation

College Application Benefits

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To Learn More

Summer program students will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a college admissions expert. They will help walk students through the ins-and-outs of college applications, essay writing, and scholarships.

Students can speak directly with former admissions officers from schools such as Yale, Brown & UCLA. These individuals have a minimum of 15 years of experience in the field of college admissions.

Students are recommended to have their most pressing questions about the college application process ready so they can have them answered by someone who knows the application system inside and out.

Past students have used this time to hone in on their essay topics, decide on how many colleges to apply to, and create application time lines.

One-On-One College Admissions Counseling

Leadership Initiatives and our partners at Parchment, TestRocker and University Initiatives have designed a system that will calculate the probability of acceptance into the student’s top university choices based on the students GPA, test scores, extracurricular activities, career goals, financial need and more.

The Leadership Initiatives college admissions team will then help all participants narrow their college interest list and create a college application plan.

Because our college admissions team work with a broad range of higher education institutions, their advice, and beneficial knowledge will allow students to further understand the college admissions process.

College Probability Calculator

College Probability Calculator

Community Service

Extra-Curricular Activities

Financial Assistance Needs

SAT/ACT Test Scores

Grade Point Average

The college admissions team will then identify the most important areas students can focus on to increase their probability of gaining acceptance into their top college choices.

College Probability Modeling

Featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post, TestRocker is the premier online SAT/ACT training resource for high school students across the United States. All summer program participants will receive one year of free online SAT/ACT training from TestRocker valued at over $1200.

Students have increased their SAT & ACT scores by an average of 280 points and 4 points, respectively.

TestRocker utilizes personalized learning that incorporates technology & quality content to enable students to drastically increase their ability to take college standardized tests. TestRocker combines highly-effective private tutors with the best technology on the market to increase student scores.

TestRocker comes with customized lessons, full-length tests, and 24/7 customer service.

Handpicked by parents and industry experts for BEST-IN-CLASS AWARDS

We will email the students’ parents a bi-weekly report so that parents can keep track of their progress.

We take accountability to support our students throughout their test-prep journey.

Exclusive SAT/ACT Training From TestRocker

All summer participants are able to submit up to five college application essays for review by our partners at University Connection. University Connection employs college writing professors and admissions experts to help students craft the best essay possible for their college applications.

This offer is exclusive, and not available with any other institution or program!

Each student essay will be edited to ensure it makes an excellent impression at every stage of the competitive application process. The editors will improve the style, clarity, sentence structure and coherence of your application so that your achievements are noticed.

To ensure language errors do not keep students from achieving their ambitions, every section of your university application will be carefully proofread to eliminate any mistakes in grammar, punctuation, spelling and more.

Editors bring their experience in many different backgrounds, including Science and Technology, Commerce, Management, and the Humanities.

College Essay Review Service

Students who participate in any of Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs will have the opportunity to have two letters of recommendation written for them from any Leadership Initiatives staff member, including the Executive Director Marshall Bailly.

Students that participated in the International Leadership and Business Summit can ask for letters of recommendation from their business partner or translator. Students of the Advanced Law and Trial Summit can request letters from the programs directors or lawyers they are interning with for letters of recommendation.

Students of the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit can ask the patients they diagnose or the doctors they work with for letters of recommendation. Students receive glowing and personal letters of recommendation from individuals whose lives they impacted and professionals they have partnered with.

These unique and complimentary letters are one of the most highly regarded benefits that Leadership Initiatives has. Below are letters of recommendation from past students showcasing how the program transformed their lives:

Matthew Matusiewicz - Full Ride to UC Berkeley School of Engineering

Matthew Chang - Over $30,000 in Financial Assistance to Attend Harvard University

Ricky Toh - Outside Merit Based Full Ride to Stanford University

Meredith Karle - Full Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Letters Of Recommendation

Students will receive customized web pages based on which program they attend.

web pages include a portfolio that outlines the real court case each student

worked on, showcasing their actual internship with Goodwin Weber PLLC and their work advocating for clients on Capitol Hill.

Law Program

web pages showcase the student's internship with a business in the

developing world and their solution development presentation to members of the United Nations, Harvard's University Admissions Panel, and the US Pentagon.

Business Program

web pages include a full video of each student diagnosing a real patient

in the developing world using VR technology, the CPR, AED, and First Aid certification awarded by the Red Cross of America, and each student's work at the Howard University Medical Simulation Center.

Medical Program

A link to the website will be included in each student's personal letter of recommendation, allowing colleges to discover firsthand the once-in-a-lifetime experience each student has had alongside Leadership Initiatives.

Below are student websites from our 2019 summer programs.

Advanced Law & Trial Summit

International Leadership & Business Internship Summit

Advanced Medical Neuroscience Program

Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit

Student Career Websites

6. Student Career Websites

7. Elite College Admissions Panels

8. Career Mentorship Program

9. Scholarship Application Assistance

10. College Student Mentorship Program

College Selection Benefits

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To Learn More

Leadership Initiatives has partnered with top universities around the country to form a panel of college admissions officers to provide students with a firsthand account on how universities select their incoming students.

Students attend an exclusive Question and Answer Session with College Admissions Officers from Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Georgetown, George Washington, and American University. These experts will discuss the basics of filling out your application, content for inclusion and exclusion, what activities stand out the most in student applications, and techniques to write a memorable application essay.

Participants in each program attend a specific graduate-level admissions panel to plan ahead to Law School, Medical School, and Business School.

No other program in the country offers pre-professional school advice directly from admissions officers, allowing students to plan ahead to their future careers and shape their path to success.

Elite College Admissions Panels

Leadership Initiatives partners summer program students with a US-based mentor of their choice from the Leadership Initiatives community of supporters.

Potential mentorship partners include executives at some of the Country’s most successful businesses, top legal experts in Washington, D.C., Harvard Staff and Faculty, former State Department officials, Georgetown University Professors, NASA scientists, Federal Law Enforcement Officers, and more.

Over the course of 18 months, these mentors work with students to help navigate the way to their future colleges and careers.

Students receive the perceptive, wisdom, and life advice from these highly successful mentors to aid in their transition to college and their career beyond.

Career Mentorship Program

Leadership Initiatives has worked with high school seniors and current undergraduates to apply for scholarships for over two decades. Seniors who utilize our scholarship assistance program to apply for 12 scholarships, that we approve and professionally edit have a 38% chance of receiving a scholarship of at least $500 up to $62,000.

In 2020, Leadership Initiatives scholarship assistance program helped students to receive over $6.92 million dollars in financial aid for all four years of college.

Program participants received Merit Based Full Scholarships For:

Notre Dame

UNC Chapel Hill

UC Berkley


Kansas State

The University of Chicago (through a Questbridge Scholarship)

Program participants received additional scholarships for: 

Stanford, Columbia, University of Virginia, William & Mary, University of Michigan, George Washington University, Northwestern University, Georgetown University, American University, and many more!

Scholarship Application Assistance

Current college students know first hand the best and worst qualities of their respective university, as well as the time-consuming and often stressful application process. Leadership Initiatives pairs summer program students with current college students from the school of their choice to get the most personal and authentic image of their dream school.

Students will have one-on-one calls with their college mentor to answer any questions, discuss the qualities of the college, and receive advice on the application process. LI has past students and current interns at the nations top colleges, as well as access to students at nearly every US college. These calls act as an exceptional resource during the college-decision period of every student’s life.

Summer program students also have the opportunity to network with past participants, who attend the nation's foremost universities, received internships at the UN, with US congressional officials, and many leading businesses nationwide.

These leaders will share the steps they took to achieve these goals and offer advice for your own personal journey into the university and career of your choosing.

College Student Mentorship Program