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National Security Fellows

Cyber attacks. Pandemics. Hurricanes. Terrorism. Wildfires. Civil unrest. As threats to national security increasingly invade American lives, the need for professionals in every field with the knowledge and analytical skills to respond to these risks has never been greater. 

National Security Fellows

Paired with your major, McDaniel’s new National Security Fellows Program prepares you to meet this need head on, giving you an edge in a surging market of high-paying jobs in private corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies alike.


Professionals like you, with expertise in national security, are in demand in accounting, cryptology, computer science, world languages, business, transportation, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, statistics or actuarial science, government, foreign service, and more.

Becoming a National Security Fellow

You’ll apply to join the program typically in the spring semester of your freshman or sophomore year (with exceptions made for exceptional juniors). Successful applicants will demonstrate a strong interest in the field of national security (broadly defined) and be committed to advancing educational and/or professional interests in this area. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.

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National Security Fellows Advantage

When you graduate as a National Security Fellow, your resume will show your expertise in your program of study AND your ability to:

  • Demonstrate your firm expertise in the field of National Security.
  • Categorize national and international threats to national security and their ramifications.
  • Explain a range of measures to respond to these threats by government, nonprofit, and private sectors.
  • Communicate the political, social, economic, and technological factors that impact national security threats and responses.
  • Describe concentrations and specializations within the field.
  • Identify your own place within these specializations and map out potential career paths.
  • Bolster your career prospects through real world experience.
  • Deploy new knowledge and skills to benefit future studies and career endeavors.

Your benefits as a National Security Fellow

  • Membership in a prestigious and competitively selected program that can be included on resumes
  • $250 grant during your junior or senior year to use toward professional development
  • Opportunities to connect with alumni and others with backgrounds in national security
  • Free Foreign Service officer exam prep session, including prep materials and practice tests
  • Access to dedicated national security advising
  • Invitations to organized events and professional development activities
  • Participation in a community of likeminded scholars
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McDaniel students attend the Model United Nations in New York. 

Leanna Jasek-Rysdahl '16

Alumna Spotlight Leanna Jasek-Rysdahl ’16

Leanna Jasek-Rysdahl ’16, completed funded grad program in Conflict Resolution at The Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, works as Teen Court/Youth Services coordinator.  

“I had phenomenal opportunities and have a dream job because of the individuals I met and the experiences I had at McDaniel,” says Jasek-Rysdahl, who was an Honors student at McDaniel, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in French and Political Science and International Studies. “McDaniel, the professors, and other students helped me in extraordinary ways.” 

The National Security Fellows Curriculum 

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Embassy visits and ambassador meetings enhance National Security Fellow’s summer internship

Tatiana Hamilton, Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies major and Political Science major, found her ideal internship with the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations in Washington, D.C. “My interests are in national security and international relations, so seeing the inner workings of the National Council was exciting,” she says.

Francis Grice

Faculty Spotlight Francis Grice, program coordinator and Political Science professor

An accomplished scholar and researcher in the field of International Relations and Security Studies, Francis Grice brings his expertise to his classroom teaching, his coaching of the college’s National Model U.N. team, and his leadership of the college’s National Security Fellows Program.   

The program is being spearheaded by Grice, an associate professor of Political Science and International Studies whose research focuses on security studies and international relations, especially in China, North Korea, Japan, and the broader Asia-Pacific region.  

Connect With Us

Francis Grice

Program Coordinator

Phone: 410-857-2412