NSA Hires High School Students for Work Study, Internships and Scholarship

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Learn more about careers that contribute to national security from the dedicated men and women who work in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Even if you haven’t started college yet, it’s never too early to start thinking about the career you want – and getting paid experience in it.

The National Security Agency is seeking high school juniors who live within commuting distance of an NSA facility to join its High School Work Study Program. High school seniors are invited to apply for the Stokes Educational Scholarship Program or an internship in STEM or foreign language.

High School Work Study

High School juniors must apply by Oct. 31 to be considered for this part-time paid work opportunity at one of these locations: NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Md., Denver, Colo., Fort Gordon, Ga., or San Antonio, Texas. You will work a minimum of 20 hours per week, during your senior year in one of these positions:

At Fort Meade, students can also work in these fields:

You must have a minimum of two courses in your desired field of study and a minimum GPA of 2.5 (unweighted). Students must be 16 years old by Dec. 31 of their high school junior year.

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program

The Stokes Scholarship is open now through Nov. 15 to high-performing high school seniors, particularly minorities, who plan to pursue degrees in Computer Science or Computer/Electrical Engineering.

You’ll receive up to $30K in tuition assistance and education fees per academic year while attending school full-time. Plus, you’ll earn a year-round salary while in the Stokes Program.

Even better, once you graduate college, you'll have a job waiting for you at NSA. You'll be required to work at the agency for at least one-and-a-half times your length of study upon graduation.

Students must have a minimum SAT score of 600 in reading/writing and 600 in math, or an ACT score of at least 25. A GPA of 3.0 or above is preferred.

Gifted and Talented (G&T) Internship Programs

G&T STEM is open to high school seniors with at least an AP/IB Physics and AP/IB Calculus course and either a computer science, computer programming or an engineering course by senior year.

New this year, the G&T Language Program is open to high school seniors who are taking AP language courses and proficient in Chinese, Russian, Korean, Farsi or Arabic.

In either program, you’ll work full-time for 10-12 weeks during the summer following high school graduation. Students must be 16 years of age to begin the program and have at least 1200 on the SAT or 25 on the ACT. GPA of 3.5 (unweighted) or above is preferred. The deadline to apply for either of these internships is Nov. 15.

Besides gaining valuable paid work experience, participants in any of these programs can also take advantage of mentorship and training opportunities, and be considered to stay on at NSA once their assignment is over.

“It’s an amazing opportunity because after they’re done with the program, they’ll have a security clearance, and then they can convert to a full-time job or even a part-time job,” says Lora Ard Hornage, Program Director at NSA.

Visit our Student Programs page for more information about NSA opportunities.