STUDENT PROGRAMS

The IC offers students a wide variety of excellent programs to get a jumpstart on a career in intelligence.

Choose your agency, education level, field of study and the type of opportunity you’re looking for, and we’ll match your needs to ours. To navigate the following form, use your tab key to select one of four listboxes.

DIA is proud to offer several internship and cooperative education programs to students. Below are several of the programs available to those who seek to gain professional experience before seeking full-time, permanent employment.

Gifted and Talented STEM Program for High School

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: High School
Opportunity: Work Study
Academic Field: Computer/Electrical Engineering, Computer Sciences, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering (other)

The National Security Agency's (NSA) Gifted and Talented Program is open only to high school seniors. The program is designed for students who have demonstrated an aptitude for engineering, math and science. Students work full-time for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer following their senior year of high school.

High School Work Study Program (NSA Headquarters)

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: High School
Opportunity: Work Study
Academic Field: Business, Computer Sciences, Applied Arts, Engineering (other)

Whether you're gifted in business, printing/graphic arts or computers, NSA provides on-the-job training specific to your skill set. Spend your senior year of high school gaining valuable work experience while earning a salary. The programs require no less than 20 hours a week and no more than 32 hours during the school year.

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Office Assistant

Type, file, maintain records, answer phones and operate business equipment such as word processors and personal computers.

Computer Aide

Operate our data processing equipment, often the most sophisticated equipment on the market. These positions are geared towards those students who are in STEM-focused courses or have completed a minimum of two technical computer courses (such as Computer Science, Visual Basic, Java, Web Page Design, Intro to Engineering and Programming C++, etc.).

The Vo-Tech Program

This program is designed for students who are enrolled in printing/graphic arts or manufacturing classes, and who plan to participate in a school-sponsored work experience program during their senior year.

Model Shop Program

Designed for high school students who are enrolled in either printing/graphic arts or manufacturing classes at a technical high school, students may work in machining, sheet metal, fabrication, welding, woodworking, injection molding, and painting and plating.

Note: You must submit these two forms with your application:

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program (NSA)

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: High School
Opportunity: Scholarship
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering

The Stokes Educational Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors, particularly minority students who are planning to major in computer science or computer/electrical engineering. You will attend college full-time, receive up to $30,000 per year for tuition and mandatory fees, and work during the summers at NSA in areas that are related to your course of study.

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Computer Science Majors

NSA computer scientists work in such areas as applications programming, computer security and graphics, and the design and implementation of software involving database management systems, real-time systems, networking and distributed processing systems.

Computer/Electrical Engineering Majors

You will be involved in projects that focus on communication systems, computer security and networking, microprocessor applications, software engineering and optics.

Program participants are required to work in their area of study for NSA after college graduation for at least one-and-one-half times the length of study. If you leave NSA employment earlier, you must reimburse the government for your tuition.

CAE-Cyber Operations Summer Intern Program

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate, Graduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Cybersecurity

This internship is NSA’s premier outreach program for students enrolled in the Cyber Operations specialization at NSA-designated universities. You will gain knowledge of specific cyber-related topics and apply that knowledge to address various real-world mission-related technical challenges. You will work on a broad range of problems involving applications of computer science and engineering.

Computer Science Intern Program (CSIP)

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate, Graduate, Post-Graduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Cybersecurity

As a CSIP intern, you will apply your computer science skills to NSA hardware and software systems. Interns are assigned to projects that contribute to NSA's mission and culminate in a short presentation and technical paper.

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Projects are typically in the areas of:

  • Big Data
  • Information Retrieval
  • Information Visualization
  • Computer and Network Security
  • Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence
  • Human Language Technology/Computational Linguistics
  • Ontology/Taxonomy and Graphical Analysis
  • Information Query and Question Answering
  • Knowledge and Data Representation, Distillation and Sharing
  • Knowledge and Database Crawling
  • Software Agent Planning and Control
  • Signal Processing
  • Architecture & Systems

Director’s Summer Program (DSP)/Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis Summer Program (CASA SP)

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Cybersecurity, Natural Sciences

Director’s Summer Program (DSP)

In this highly competitive program, undergraduate students will solve problems in mathematics, cryptology and communications technology in support of national security. These problems often involve applications of abstract algebra, geometry, number theory, analysis, probability, statistics, combinatorics, graph theory, algorithms and computer science. State-of-the-art computing resources are available to all students, who will be mentored by agency experts, collaborate to solve challenging problems, and present their work in both technical talks and papers, to be published internally at NSA.

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Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis Summer Program (CASA SP)

This internship gives undergraduate mathematician and computer science students a chance to contribute to mission-essential technical operations at NSA. Our mission is to transform collected data into a format analysts can readily consume for intelligence purposes by analyzing signals and protocols, and overcoming security measures. Problems involve applications of math, statistics, computer science, reverse engineering and software development.

Signals Intelligence Collection Program (SICP)

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Social Sciences, Political Science/Global Studies, International Affairs

Computer competence is required, but students who are majoring in social sciences are also welcome to apply for this internship, where they will apply computer, technical, analytic, communication, problem solving and/or critical thinking skills to NSA’s signals intelligence (SIGINT) mission. You will devise strategies, find solutions to complex challenges, design and write computer programs; test hardware and software; build and secure websites; analyze and display data; discern the best methods of collection; develop accesses; analyze and conclude results, and/or develop processing techniques that satisfy foreign intelligence requirements.

Cyber Summer Program (CSP)

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate, Graduate, Post-Graduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Cybersecurity, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Engineering (other)

The Cyber Summer Program (CSP) is NSA’s premier program for the best undergraduate and graduate computer science, engineering, mathematics, network security and information assurance students in the country. You will work on a broad range of problems of your own choosing, involving applications of computer science and engineering. You will learn and develop data analysis, network analysis and exploitation techniques and apply that knowledge to obtain real-time solutions for mission-critical cyber-related problems.

Data Center Management Intern Program

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Engineering (other)

Interns will gain experience through a hands-on approach to managing a data center. From deployments of new systems and their associated mechanical, electrical, and IT requirements, you will gain valuable knowledge and insight for a growing demand in the data center marketplace. Past intern projects have focused on how to better manage aspects of a data center, how to optimize data center efficiency and more.

High School Work Study Program (Field Sites)

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: High School
Opportunity: Work Study
Academic Field: Business, Computer Sciences

Whether you're gifted in business or computers, NSA provides on-the-job training specific to your skill set. Spend your senior year of high school gaining valuable work experience while earning a salary. The programs require no less than 20 hours a week and no more than 32 hours during the school year.

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This program is designed for high school students who are enrolled in business or technical computer classes, and who plan to participate in a school-sponsored work experience program during their senior year.

Positions include:

Office Assistant

Type, file, maintain records, answer phones and operate business equipment such as word processors and personal computers.

Computer Aide

Operate our data processing equipment, often the most sophisticated equipment on the market. These positions are geared towards those students who are in STEM-focused courses or have completed a minimum of two technical computer courses (such as Computer Science, Visual Basic, Java, Web Page Design, Intro to Engineering and Programming C++, etc.).

Note: You must submit these two forms with your application:

Human Resources (HR) Intern Program

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Human Resources

Undergraduates majoring in Human Resources (HR) or an alternative major with a minor or concentration in HR may apply for this program. You will gain practical experience working in one of these specialty areas: total compensation, HR strategies, recruitment and staffing, benefits and employee services, HR information systems or global HR service delivery.

Installation & Logistics (I&L) Summer Intern Program

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Logistics, Business, Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Engineering (other)

This program is intended for students interested in project management and electrical, power, mechanical or civil engineering fields, and supply chain and business management operations. You will be directly involved with selected NSA facilities’ construction/renovation projects from planning and design through construction, commissioning, activation and occupancy. Working with mentors, you will also be involved in ensuring that projects run according to schedule, are cost effective and meet customer objectives. The internship will culminate in a final presentation to NSA senior leadership.

High School Work Study Program- Chinese

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: High School
Opportunity: Work Study
Academic Field: Foreign Language

Spend your senior year of high school gaining valuable work experience while earning a salary. The programs require no less than 20 hours a week and no more than 32 hours during the school year.

Note: You must submit these two forms with your application:

Health Promotion & Wellness (HPW) Intern Program

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate, Graduate, Post-Graduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: OHESS

This internship is open to select college undergraduate or master’s level students who are majoring in the field of health promotion and wellness, health education or related fields. You will gain practical health promotion experience within NSA’s Office of Occupational Health, Environmental and Safety Services (OHESS).

Security & Counterintelligence Summer Intern Program (SCSIP)

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Law/Criminal Justice, Political Science/Global Studies, Cybersecurity, Computer Sciences

Interns will actively participate in or support ongoing security and counterintelligence (S&CI) mission activities in areas such as personnel security investigations, security clearance adjudications, physical security and access control, antiterrorism/force protection, and/or counterintelligence programs. You will work directly under the guidance of veteran security professionals responsible for protecting NSA personnel, facilities and operations worldwide and, in the process, gain an understanding of how the S&CI Directorate supports and interacts with the larger NSA/CSS enterprise and counterpart organizations across the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense.

Summer Intern Program for Science and Technology (SIP/ST)

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Engineering (other)

This program is open to college juniors who are concentrating their studies in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, network engineering, software engineering or telecommunications. You will work with leading computer scientists and engineers on the nation’s toughest cyber problems while enhancing your skills in assignments related to your major. You will work closely with a project mentor on a specific, mission-focused problem while learning in an exciting, high-tech environment.

Summer Strategic Communications Intern Program (SSCIP)

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate, Graduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Communications, Applied Arts, Museum Studies

This program is designed for students enrolled in one or more of the following areas of study: writing, editing, journalism, public relations, marketing or advertising; visual arts, television production, motion picture production, or 3-D animation; graphics or photography. You will support the Strategic Communications organization's role to provide accurate and timely information on NSA’s missions and accomplishments to a variety of audiences using state-of-the-art messaging products in one of the following areas: corporate communications, messaging and public affairs; multimedia production or creative imaging.

Summer Language Program

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate, Graduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Foreign Language

Interns will learn to analyze foreign communications for vital intelligence missions by apprenticing with experienced language analysts. Geopolitical, cultural and technical knowledge may be used to understand both overtly stated meaning and subtly implied intent as you scan, translate and transcribe foreign communications, then report critical information to U.S. government customers. Foreign language proficiency combined with a wide array of majors will be considered. The 2019 Summer Language Program is hiring students with proficiency in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Russian and Turkish. Languages may change from year to year based on the agency's needs.

Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance (SIPIA)

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate, Graduate, Post-Graduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Engineering (other), Cybersecurity, Mathematics

Interns will be involved in projects that enable the cyber mission force through current analysis, expertise, training and tools. You will be involved in information assurance (IA) projects, including protecting and defending the nation's information systems networks, and outmaneuvering cyber adversaries.

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For purposes of this program, IA encompasses the scientific, technical and management disciplines required to ensure computer and network security, such as:

  • System/network administration and operations
  • Systems security engineering
  • Information assurance systems and product acquisition
  • Cryptography
  • Threat and vulnerability assessment, including risk management
  • Cybersecurity
  • The operations of computer emergency response teams
  • Information assurance training, education, and management
  • Computer forensics
  • Defensive information operations.

Cooperative Education Program (NSA)

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate
Opportunity: Co-op
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Cybersecurity, Foreign Language

NSA's Co-op Program accepts applications twice a year, typically Feb, 1 to March 31 and Sept 1 to Oct 31.

Co-op students will operate under a rotational program, alternating semesters of full-time work with full-time study from entry into the program until graduation. We require a minimum of 52 weeks of co-op work experience prior to graduation. During your work tour, you will work a regular 40-hour week. Each work tour is designed to reveal the specific areas you may want to focus on as a career.

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Chinese Language and Studies Majors

Language Analysts work directly with the original written or spoken foreign language, determine the relevance of the intelligence collected, research it, analyze it, and put it into context for dissemination to national-level policy makers, military commanders and other customers.

Electrical or Computer Engineering Majors

You will be involved in the design, development, testing and evaluation of electronic communications systems. These multidisciplinary assignments will reach to such rapidly advancing areas as optics, lasers, acoustics and microprocessors.

Computer Science Majors

You will explore high-tech opportunities, such as object-oriented methodology, multimedia, data warehousing/data mining, design/analysis development of software and systems, client/server development, networking and Internet technology.

Cybersecurity Majors

You will work as part of a team that’s on the frontlines of defense against our cyber adversaries. The Intelligence Community needs cyber professionals with technical expertise and a driving desire to remain at the forefront of their field.

Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP)

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate
Opportunity: Scholarship
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Cybersecurity, Engineering (other), Business

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration (ASD (NII)) annually announces a Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) grant and scholarship competition.

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The program is designed to:

  • Increase the number of new entrants to DoD who possess key information assurance (IA) and IT skill sets
  • Serve as a mechanism to build the nation's IA infrastructure through grants to colleges and universities jointly designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Defense as Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education
  • Serve as a tool to develop and retain well-educated military and DoD civilian personnel who support the Department's critical IT management and infrastructure protection functions

For additional information contact the DoD IASP Program Office at AskIASP@nsa.gov


Graduate Mathematics Program (GMP)

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Graduate, Post-Graduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Mathematics, Statistics

Mathematics and statistics graduate students will work directly with NSA mathematicians and statisticians on mission-critical problems involving math, statistics, data analysis, cryptology and communications technology. You will document your work in technical papers, which will be published internally at NSA. Students will have access to state-of-the-art computing resources and computational software packages such as Mathematica, MATLAB, Magma, MAPLE and S-PLUS.

Industrial and Organizational Psychology Intern Program

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Graduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Psychology, Social Sciences

As an intern working in the HR Strategy and Program Design unit at NSA, you will learn how to apply scientific and quantitative methods to address a wide range of human capital issues. Graduate students enrolled in a program in I/O psychology or a related field will gain valuable applied experience by working alongside psychologists in areas of personnel assessment (i.e., research and development work to support assessments used to select applicants for mission critical positions); organizational design and development; human capital systems design and consulting; occupational/job analysis; organizational assessments and workforce surveys; and program evaluation.

Summer Program for Operations Research Technology (SPORT)

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Graduate, Post-Graduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Cybersecurity, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Engineering (other), Business, Statistics

Interns will work side-by-side with analysts in NSA’s Enterprise Operations Research Division to apply state-of-the-art scientific and quantitative methods, which employ applied mathematics and data science techniques, to develop innovative solutions to current agency, operational “hard” problems and unconventional problems exclusive to the Intelligence Community.

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Students enrolled in an M.S. (combined BS/MS also accepted) or Ph.D. program who have experience with one of these areas should apply: applied mathematics, data science and statistics, mathematical programming and optimization, modeling and simulation, computer networking or computer programming languages.

The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC)

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Graduate
Opportunity: Scholarship, Fellowship
Academic Field: Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Engineering (other)

The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) is an organization of leading universities, national laboratories and corporations that aims to increase the number of qualified U.S. citizen Ph.D.s in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. It emphasizes recruitment of a diverse applicant pool of women and historically underrepresented minorities.

NPSC offers a unique six-year doctoral fellowship program in astronomy, chemistry, computer science, geology, materials sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and their subdisciplines. The consortium is dedicated to increasing the existing pool of Ph.D.s to provide industry and higher education with diversity and balance for the future of scientific research in America.

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As a corporate member of the consortium, NSA sponsors students pursuing doctorate degrees in mathematics, engineering, computer science, and physics. In addition to providing financial support through membership dues, NSA also provides technical mentoring and at least two summers of employment to each sponsored student.

Salary

Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level.

Benefits During 12 Week Internship

  • Annual leave, sick leave and paid federal holidays
  • Participation in agency-wide extracurricular programs
  • Students who attend schools in excess of 75 miles from Ft. Meade, MD, are eligible for a round trip airfare ticket to and from school or mileage reimbursement up to the cost of a government-issued airline ticket.
  • Subsidized housing accommodations are available upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from NSA main HQs campus.

Qualifications

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance.
  • Must be pursuing a graduate or Ph.D. in mathematics, engineering, computer science or physics.
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) is preferred.
  • A minimum 3.5 GPA in math courses is preferred.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted from Sept. 1st - Nov. 30th each year.
Visit the National Physical Science Consortium website or contact:
The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC)
c/o New Mexico State University
Post Office Box 3001
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8801
Email: npsc@nmsu.edu; Phone: 800-952-4118; Fax: 505-646-6097


Intelligence Analysis Summer Internship Program

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate, Graduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Global Studies, Social Sciences, International Affairs, Political Science/Global Studies, Regional Studies

This program offers training in a multifaceted cryptologic discipline. You will apply logic, analysis, creativity, judgment and systematic approaches to gather, evaluate and use information/intelligence alongside experienced intelligence analysts who will supervise and mentor you. You will use advanced analytic tools and techniques and conduct research. Projects are in direct support of NSA’s effort to provide a complete Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) picture to U.S. policymakers, military commanders, and other members of the Intelligence Community.

Academic Semester Internship Program

Applies To

Agency: DIA
Education: Undergraduate, Graduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Political Science/Global Studies, Computer Sciences, Business, Human Resources, Law/Criminal Justice, Natural Sciences, Engineering (other), Computer/Electrical Engineering

Academic Semester interns are appointed for one semester, from August to December. Students are employed as part-time temporary employees (working a maximum of 29 hours per week). Eligibility requirements are the same, regardless of pay status. All interns must be granted a security clearance and must successfully pass a drug screening test prior to being made a final offer. Academic Semester interns are only compensated for time worked.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Participants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a university or college located near a DIA facility or Combatant Command.
  • Participants must have already completed 60 semester hours or its equivalent at the start of the internship.
  • All Academic Semester interns must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at the time of application.
  • Interns must be able to maintain a security clearance. Security clearances may be granted to holders of dual citizenship.
  • All students conditionally accepted for internships are subject to initial and periodic counterintelligence (CI)-scope polygraph tests and drug tests.
  • Please note that the security clearance processing and drug screening test cannot be conducted while the applicant is overseas.
  • Participants must be currently enrolled in a baccalaureate or graduate degree program which is primarily focused on skills deemed critical to DIA such as:
    • Foreign area studies
    • Computer science
    • Business administration
    • Human resources
    • Public administration
    • International relations
    • Legal
    • Political science
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Microbiology
    • Pharmacology
    • Toxicology
    • Engineering
    • Intelligence analysis

Application Procedures

Attach an unofficial copy of your transcript to the online application. Finalists will be provided with instructions on submitting an official transcript. Please ensure to identify the following information:

  • Identify a functional area of interest.
  • Indicate your geographic preference for work assignment.
  • Indicate how you learned about the Academic Semester Internship Program.
  • Be sure to provide a permanent address, email address and daytime telephone number along with college information.
  • Include your GPA when submitting your application.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Applications will only be accepted online at https://diajobs.dia.mil. Click on "View Vacancy Announcements & Apply for DIA jobs" then click "no" when it asks if you are a current DIA employee.
  • Click on the link to view job postings, then place a check next to "Academic Semester Intern Program." Click Apply. Please submit only the information requested.

Benefits

  • Interns are paid on a bi-weekly basis. Their salary will depend on the number of credit hours they have completed.
  • Participants are eligible to enroll in the mass transit transportation and the civilian fitness programs.
  • Depending on ability, interns can qualify for Foreign Language Proficiency Pay.

For additional information contact the Human Resources Operations Center at 202-231-4762. For additional information about DIA, please visit our website at http://www.dia.mil.

DIA is an equal opportunity employer. All candidates will be considered without regard to non-merit factors, such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, handicap, or sexual orientation. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous service may apply.


National Security Education Program

Applies To

Agency: DIA
Education: Graduate
Opportunity: Scholarship, Internship
Academic Field: Foreign Language

Congress established The National Security Education Program (NSEP) through the David L. Boren National Security Act of 1991. This program seeks to bring a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international exposure to work in national security programs. NSEP is a scholarship program that promotes language skills, cultural awareness and understanding of national security issues. In collaboration with the National Security Education Program Office, DIA has established a one-year, full-time internship program designed to provide a select number of recent college graduates the opportunity to apply their knowledge and gain practical work experience.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • NSEP Boren Scholars and Fellows must have an anticipated graduation date between June and September.
  • Participants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a university or college.
  • All scholars and fellows must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at the time of application. The application must include a narrative of work experience that highlights the participant’s interest in working in the intelligence field or other specialized skills.
  • Fellows and scholars must be able to maintain a security clearance. Security clearances may be granted to holders of dual citizenship.
  • All students conditionally accepted for internships are subject to initial and periodic counterintelligence (CI)-scope polygraph tests and drug tests.
  • Please note that the security clearance processing and drug screening test cannot be conducted while the applicant is overseas.
  • Participants must be currently enrolled in a baccalaureate or graduate degree program which is primarily focused on skills deemed critical to DIA such as:
    • Foreign area studies
    • Computer science
    • Business administration
    • Human resources
    • Public administration
    • International relations
    • Legal
    • Political science
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Microbiology
    • Pharmacology
    • Toxicology
    • Engineering
    • Intelligence analysis
  • NSEP Service Requirement:
    • The awardee is spending 100% of his or her time on federally funded projects
    • Projects are funded by the Departments of Defense, State, or Homeland Security; or an agency in the Intelligence Community

Application Procedures

Attach an unofficial copy of your transcript to the online application. Finalists will be provided with instructions for submitting an official transcript. Please ensure to identify the following information:

  • Identify a functional area of interest.
  • Indicate your geographic preference for work assignment.
  • Indicate how you learned about the Summer Intern Program.
  • Be sure to provide a permanent address, email address and daytime telephone number along with college information.
  • Include your GPA when submitting your application.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Applications will only be accepted online at https://diajobs.dia.mil. Click on "View Vacancy Announcements & Apply for DIA jobs" then click "no" when it asks if you are a current DIA employee.
  • Click on the link to view job postings, then place a check next to "National Security Education Program." Click Apply. Please submit only the information requested.

Benefits

  • Interns are paid on a bi-weekly basis with salary dependent on the number of credit hours completed. They are able to accrue annual and sick leave as well as pay on federal holidays.
  • Scholars and fellows qualify for the same benefits of full-time employees, to include health insurance, life insurance and retirement.
  • Participants are eligible to enroll in the mass transit transportation and the civilian fitness programs.
  • Depending on ability, fellows and scholars can qualify for Foreign Language Proficiency Pay.
  • Participants will be able to apply for internal vacancies and will be considered for full-time employment with DIA upon completion of program.

For additional information contact the Human Resources Operations Center at 202-231-4762. For additional information about DIA, please visit our world wide website at http://www.dia.mil.


Cooperative Education Program (DIA)

Applies To

Agency: DIA
Education: Undergraduate, Graduate
Opportunity: Co-op
Academic Field: Political Science/Global Studies, Social Sciences, Computer Sciences, Business, Human Resources, Natural Sciences, Engineering (other), Computer/Electrical Engineering

DIA's Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program provides a select number of talented undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in combination with their academic studies.

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Co-op applicants are selected from academic institutions with recognized Co-op programs. Co-op student employees must be eligible to work a four-month period during the academic year and will be put in a full-time, temporary employee status. With increasingly challenging assignments, Co-op student employees will enhance their academic training with professional skills learned at DIA.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Upon acceptance into the Co-op program, students must complete a Co-op agreement between the college/university and DIA.
  • Co-op student employees must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a university or colleges located near a DIA facility or Combatant Command.
  • Co-op student employees must have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours or its equivalent at the time of employment.
  • Student employees taking part in the Co-op program must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at the time of application.
  • Co-op student employees must be able to maintain a security clearance. Security clearances may be granted to holders of dual citizenship.
  • Please note that the security clearance processing and drug screening test cannot be conducted while the applicant is overseas.
  • Participants must be currently enrolled in a baccalaureate or graduate degree program which is primarily focused on skills deemed critical to DIA such as:
    • Foreign area studies
    • Computer science
    • Business administration
    • Human resources
    • Public administration
    • International relations
    • Legal
    • Political science
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Microbiology
    • Pharmacology
    • Toxicology
    • Engineering
    • Intelligence analysis

Application Procedures

Attach an unofficial copy of your transcript to the online application. Finalists will be provided with instructions on submitting an official transcript. Please ensure to identify the following information:

  • Identify a functional area of interest.
  • Indicate your geographic preference for work assignment.
  • Indicate how you learned about the Cooperative Education Program.
  • Be sure to provide a permanent address, email address and daytime telephone number along with college information.
  • Include your GPA when submitting your application.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Applications will only be accepted online at https://diajobs.dia.mil. Click on "View Vacancy Announcements & Apply for DIA jobs" then click "no" when it asks if you are a current DIA employee.
  • Click on the link to view job postings, then place a check next to "Cooperative Education Program." Click Apply. Please submit only the information requested.

Benefits

  • Co-op student employees are paid on a bi-weekly basis, salary dependent on the number of credit hours they have completed. They are able to accrue annual and sick leave as well as pay on federal holidays.
  • Participants are eligible to enroll in the mass transit transportation and the civilian fitness programs.
  • Depending on ability, Co-op student employees can qualify for Foreign Language Proficiency Pay.

For additional information contact the Human Resources Operations Center at 202-231-4762. For additional information about DIA, please visit our website at http://www.dia.mil.

DIA is an equal opportunity employer. All candidates will be considered without regard to non-merit factors, such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, handicap, or sexual orientation. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous service may apply.


Summer Intern Program

Applies To

Agency: DIA
Education: Undergraduate, Graduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Political Science/Global Studies, Computer Sciences, Business, Human Resources, Law/Criminal Justice, Natural Sciences, Engineering (other), Computer/Electrical Engineering

DIA's Summer Internship Program provides promising undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain practical work experience in the areas of analysis, research, report writing, oral briefings, policy development, program management and computer applications related to the intelligence field. Interns are appointed for a 10-to 12-week period of work between June and August. During this time, they serve in a full-time, temporary employee status. All interns must be granted a security clearance and successfully pass a drug screening test prior to being made a final offer.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Participants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a university or college located near a DIA facility or Combatant Command.
  • Participants must have already completed 60 semester hours or its equivalent at the start of the internship.
  • All Academic Semester interns must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at the time of application.
  • Interns must be able to maintain a security clearance. Security clearances may be granted to holders of dual citizenship.
  • All students conditionally accepted for internships are subject to initial and periodic counterintelligence (CI)-scope polygraph tests and drug tests.
  • Please note that the security clearance processing and drug screening test cannot be conducted while the applicant is overseas.
  • Participants must be currently enrolled in a baccalaureate or graduate degree program which is primarily focused on skills deemed critical to DIA such as:
    • Foreign area studies
    • Computer science
    • Business administration
    • Human resources
    • Public administration
    • International relations
    • Legal
    • Political science
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Microbiology
    • Pharmacology
    • Toxicology
    • Engineering
    • Intelligence analysis

Application Procedures

Attach an unofficial copy of your transcript to the online application. Finalists will be provided with instructions on submitting an official transcript. Please ensure to identify the following information:

  • Identify a functional area of interest.
  • Indicate your geographic preference for work assignment.
  • Indicate how you learned about the Academic Semester Internship Program.
  • Be sure to provide a permanent address, email address and daytime telephone number along with college information.
  • Include your GPA when submitting your application.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Applications will only be accepted online at https://diajobs.dia.mil. Click on "View Vacancy Announcements & Apply for DIA jobs" then click "no" when it asks if you are a current DIA employee.
  • Click on the link to view job postings, then place a check next to "Academic Semester Intern Program." Click Apply. Please submit only the information requested.

Benefits

  • Interns are paid on a bi-weekly basis, salary dependent on the number of credit hours they have completed. They are able to accrue annual and sick leave as well as pay on federal holidays.
  • Participants are eligible to enroll in the mass transit transportation and the civilian fitness programs.
  • Depending on ability, interns can qualify for Foreign Language Proficiency Pay.

For additional information contact the Human Resources Operations Center at 202-231-4762. For additional information about DIA, please visit our website at http://www.dia.mil.

DIA is an equal opportunity employer. All candidates will be considered without regard to non-merit factors, such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, handicap, or sexual orientation. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous service may apply.


Undergraduate Training Assistance Program

Applies To

Agency: DIA
Education: High School, Undergraduate
Opportunity: Scholarship
Academic Field: Political Science/Global Studies, Computer Sciences, Natural Sciences, Human Resources, Engineering (other), Computer/Electrical Engineering

A small number of high-achieving and committed secondary school seniors and/or college freshmen and sophomores interested in a career in public service will be offered tuition assistance to accredited colleges or universities, provided challenging summer work, and guaranteed a position in their field of study upon graduation from this highly competitive program. Minorities, women and the disabled needing financial assistance to complete their undergraduate education are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Students will attend classes full-time during the academic year, and work at DIA during the summer in positions related to their course of study. While in school, students must maintain an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 for the freshman year and 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) for each semester/quarter thereafter.

UTAP students are obligated to work for DIA for a period of time that is one and 1/2 times the amount of time they were in school. For a four-year undergraduate degree, a person is in school 9 months per academic year. Therefore, the work obligation is 9 x 4 x 1.5 or 54 months (4 1/2 years). If a UTAP student decides to not work for DIA, the student is liable for repaying the amount spent on his or her education (tuition, fees, books and supplies). The amount due will be prorated to account for any time worked after graduation.

Benefits

Students accepted for this program receive:

  • Tuition and required fees (limited to $18,000 per year) toward a four-year degree program at an accredited college or university selected by the student and endorsed by the agency.
  • Reimbursement for books and needed supplies.
  • An annual salary (paid bi-weekly) to cover college room, board and other personal expenses.
  • Full-time employment in a job related to their academic major during the summer vacation while in college.
  • Full benefits, including health insurance, life insurance and retirement.
  • Guaranteed position at DIA after graduation appropriate to their skills and abilities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • A minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.75, or above, and 3.0 for freshmen and sophomores.
  • Minimum SAT of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative portion plus a minimum of 500 on the writing portion OR a minimum ACT composite score of 21 for those applying as secondary school seniors.
  • Baccalaureate degree programs should be focused toward the following academic programs deemed critical to DIA, such as: foreign area studies, computer science, international relations, political science, chemistry, physics, biology, microbiology, human resources, pharmacology, toxicology, engineering or intelligence analysis related courses.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities as evidenced by extracurricular student activities, a high degree of civic involvement, volunteer work or part-time employment.
  • U.S. citizenship of applicant and all members of the immediate family. Please be aware that security clearances cannot be granted to applicants who hold dual citizenship. All finalists must pass a drug screening test. All applicants conditionally selected for internships and all DIA employees are subject to initial and periodic counterintelligence (CI) scope polygraph tests.
  • Financial need as demonstrated by the household income ceiling of $70,000 for a family of four and $80,000 for a family of five or more.
  • Additional requirements which may include written assessment exercises and interviews telephonically or in person may be required for finalists.

Application Procedures

Application process for high school seniors:

  • Applications are to be reviewed by the applicant's high school guidance office (prior to online submission) and must include:
    • High school transcript (9th - 11th grade) and a list of senior year scheduled classes.
    • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) results.
    • Gender, Ethnicity, Race, and Disability Self-Identification form (DIA Form 418A) available on the DIA website.
    • Resume, including extra-curricular activities during high school (awards, leadership roles), volunteer work or part-time employment, etc.
    • Essay explaining why you wish to pursue a particular field of study and illustrating how you have demonstrated leadership ability.
    • Financial Aid Statement (FAS)/Personal Data form available on the DIA website, and a copy of last year's income tax return for parent(s) or guardian.
  • If any items listed above are not received, your package will not be considered.

Application process for college freshman and sophomore students:

  • Applications are to be submitted online and include:
    • A complete transcript and a listing of courses to be taken the next semester.
    • Resume detailing extracurricular activities, volunteer work and any work experience.
    • One signed letter of recommendation from a college professor or employer.
    • Essay explaining why the applicant is pursuing a particular area of study, and how he or she has displayed leadership ability.

How to Apply

Applications will only be accepted on the Defense Intelligence Agency Careers page . Click on "View Vacancy Announcements & Apply for DIA jobs" then click "no" when it asks if you are a current DIA employee. Click on the link to view job postings, and then place a check next to "Undergraduate Training Assistance Program." To apply for the program, click where it says "apply" next to the program. Please submit only the information requested.

Upon request, additional documents can be mailed to:
Defense Intelligence Agency
Attn: HCH-4 (UTAP)
Building 6000, 200 McDill Blvd.
Bolling AFB, DC 20340

For additional information contact the Human Resources Specialist at 202-231-2736.

For additional information about DIA, please visit Defense Intelligence Agency website .


Workforce Recruitment Program

Applies To

Agency: DIA
Education: Undergraduate, Graduate, Recent College Graduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Business, Communications, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Engineering (other), Computer Sciences, Cybersecurity, Earth Sciences, Foreign Language, Human Resources, Logistics, Law/Criminal Justice, Mathematics, Museum Studies, Natural Sciences, OHESS, Political Science/Global Studies, Social Sciences

Students and recent graduates work in a full-time, paid summer internship. Participants must have proof of a disability in order to participate. Participants receive full salary and workplace accommodations. For more information, contact the disability coordinator or career counselor at your school, or visit The Workforce Recruitment Program – Students.

Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART)

Applies To

Agency: DIA, NSA, NGA
Education: Undergraduate Graduate
Opportunity: Scholarship, Internship
Academic Field: Computer/Electrical Engineering, Engineering (other), Computer Sciences, Cybersecurity, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Natural Sciences

Students, including current DoD employees seeking advanced degrees, work in a full-time, paid summer internship. Participants must be pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) fields of study. Benefits include full tuition and fees, stipend and guaranteed employment upon graduation. Further information is available, please visit the SMART website .

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NGA is a participating placement site for scholars in the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) program. This scholarship for service program was established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Participants are afforded an opportunity to receive a full scholarship, stipend for living expenses, and employment in the Federal Government upon degree completion.

Additional information about this program as well as the application timeline and instructions can be found on the SMART website. When applying, students are asked to rank their top choices for placement in order of preference. Typically, only scholars who indicated NGA as a first choice for placement on their SMART application are considered when NGA’s annual sponsorship selections are made.

NGA Summer 2019 Internship Program

Applies To

Agency: NGA
Education: Associate's, Undergraduate, Graduate, Post Graduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Business, Communications, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Computer Sciences, Cybersecurity, Earth Sciences, Engineering (other), Foreign Language, Human Resources, Law/Criminal Justice, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Political Science/Global Studies, Social Sciences

Student employment assignments are open to associate, undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students and are based on entry-level professional job descriptions, which will involve a great deal of independent and team oriented work under the guidance of a senior-level supervisor and mentors. Students who perform successfully and meet program requirements are invited to continue in the program for the duration of their degree programs, and may be granted the opportunity for conversion to permanent employment upon graduation.

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Internship Requirements

To be eligible to participate in NGA's Student Internship Program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, and at least 18 years of age.
  2. Applicants must be currently enrolled at least half-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university.
  3. Applicants must be enrolled in an associate, baccalaureate, graduate, or post-graduate degree program with coursework related to NGA's mission areas (see the list of relevant degree programs in each Assignment Opportunity Notice).
    • Applicants who apply to the Student Internship Program before completing their first semester of college will not be required to submit an academic transcript during the application period, but if selected, their offers will be contingent upon receipt of an official transcript by January 31, 2019.
    • Applicants who have completed a degree program, and are in the first semester of a subsequent degree program at the time of application (i.e. just started a graduate program after previously completing a bachelor's) will be required to submit the final transcript from their previous degree program during the application process to determine basic eligibility. If selected, their offers will be contingent upon receipt of an official transcript from their current degree program.
    • All selectees will be required to submit an updated official transcript prior to June 30, 2019.
  4. Applicants must be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information, or TS/SCI.
  5. Applicants will be tested for illegal drug use. Use of illegal drugs within the last 12 months is generally not acceptable. Illegal drug use prior to the 12-month window is carefully evaluated.
  6. Selectees are required to work a minimum of 10 weeks each summer for the duration of their tenure in the Student Internship Program.

How to Apply

To apply, when the application period is open, please visit the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Job Listings on the Intelligence Careers Application Gateway and click the filter to the left that states National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Returning users will be prompted to enter a username and password; new users will click "New User" in the top right corner of the page.

Submitted applications must include the following information:

  • Objective - briefly explain the experience you would like to obtain while interning at NGA.
  • Education - include the name of the college/university, location, degree and expected/actual graduation date.
  • Submit current cumulative grade point average, or GPA.
  • Work Experience - include the name of the company/organization, location, position/job title, dates of employment and three to four bullets detailing your duties/responsibilities.
  • Relevant Skills
  • Awards and Achievements
  • Languages

Complete all required fields on the application.

  • Indicate education completed.
  • Indicate education in progress.

Please note: Applicants who indicate only education completed or education in progress with an anticipated graduation date before Spring 2019 will not be considered for this program, unless they also indicate the subsequent degree program in which they plan to enroll. Per the instructions on the application page, the hyperlink labeled "Add Current Enrollment Information" should be used by those currently enrolled and/or actively pursuing a degree. However, for the purpose of the Student Internship Program, applicants should also use this field to clearly indicate a subsequent degree program in which they plan to enroll/enter if they will graduate from their current degree program prior to the Spring 2019.

Submit your application and resume online on or before September 30, 2018.


Civil Liberties and Privacy (CLP) Summer Intern Program

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: International Affairs, Intelligence Studies, Regional Studies, Economics, Psychology, Statistics

Interns will join a team that promotes meaningful government transparency while helping NSA achieve the right balance between privacy and national security. During your tour in NSA’s Civil Liberties and Privacy Office, you will see first-hand how fundamental privacy principles influence decision making at NSA on a daily basis. You will work under the guidance of professionals responsible for identifying and documenting civil liberties and privacy activities, and more.

Business Management & Acquisition Summer Intern Program

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate and Graduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Economics, Business

NSA is a highly technical organization where integrated and timely mission and data-driven business decisions are made and implemented across the globe. NSA's Business Management & Acquisition organization builds and defends a budget driven by agency priorities; effectively executes that budget to acquire and deliver capabilities; and continually uses performance data to inform processes and investment decisions.

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You will work directly with business professionals on any one of the following projects/requirements:

  • Negotiating multimillion dollar contracts
  • Developing the agency’s annual budget
  • Acquiring products and services from industry partners
  • Developing negotiation positions
  • Providing financial support for major acquisition programs
  • Working with other intelligence agencies and Department of Defense organizations to develop various support agreements

Office of Reasonable Accommodations and Accessibility Intern Program (ORAA)

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate, Graduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Counseling (Other)

NSA’s Office of Reasonable Accommodations and Accessibility has several internships open to select master’s level counseling students and select master’s and bachelor-level sign language interpreting students who will work alongside NSA’s experienced reasonable accommodation and sign language interpreters.

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Reasonable Accommodation Case Manager

You will gain sound knowledge of the fundamental concepts of the reasonable accommodation process, from the initial request for accommodations through the implementation of the approved accommodations and more.

Sign Language Interpreter

You will gain sound knowledge of the fundamental concepts of interpreting and managing communication within highly technical and dynamic work environments and more.

The Office of the Inspector General Summer Intern Program

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate, Graduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Accounting

Interns will receive training and experience in auditing multiple disciplines (e.g., program performance, cybersecurity and financial statements) as part of an audit team. The program gives rising college seniors or graduate level students opportunities to be agents for change, analyze operations for efficiency and effectiveness and deliver results to our customers to reduce program costs and provide value to NSA and U.S. taxpayers.

Colorado College Summer Internship Program

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Engineering (other), Mathematics, Cybersecurity, Political Science/Global Studies, Law/Criminal Justice, Social Sciences

Students will gain hands-on work experience while building knowledge and skills in fundamental aspects of the NSA mission. Internship positions are offered in software engineering and target analysis.

Hawaii Summer Technical Intern Program

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Engineering (Other), Mathematics

Students will gain hands-on work experience while building knowledge and skills in fundamental aspects of the NSA mission. Internship positions are offered multiple mission areas requiring a range of competencies including computer science, programming, engineering and analysis.

NSA Georgia Summer Internship Program

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate, Graduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Computer Sciences

Students will gain hands-on work experience while building knowledge and skills in fundamental aspects of the NSA mission. Internship positions are offered in science and technology, applied mathematics, computer/systems engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, computer science, computer forensics, cyber intelligence and security, information assurance, information technology and information security.

Texas Summer Intern Program

Applies To

Agency: NSA
Education: Undergraduate
Opportunity: Internship
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Computer Engineering, Engineering (other), Mathematics, International Affairs, Intelligence Studies, Political Sciences/Global Studies

Students will gain hands-on work experience while building knowledge and skills in fundamental aspects of the NSA mission. Internship positions are offered multiple mission areas requiring a range of competencies to include but not limited to computer science, computer programming, networking and engineering, math, cybersecurity, telecommunications, geography, international affairs/politics/relations, intelligence/security studies and others.

Louis Stokes Educational Scholarship Program (DIA)

Applies To

Agency: DIA
Education: High School
Opportunity: Scholarship
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering

This highly competitive program targets high-achieving, committed secondary school seniors and college freshmen and sophomores interested in a career in public service. The program offers scholarship awardees tuition assistance to accredited colleges and universities, challenging summer work and a guaranteed position in their field of study upon graduation. Students will attend classes full-time during the academic year and work at DIA during the summer in positions related to their course of study. While in school, students must maintain an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) for each semester/quarter.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Participants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a university or college located near a DIA facility or Combatant Command.
  • Participants must have already completed 60 semester hours or its equivalent at the start of the internship. All scholarship awardees must maintain a minimum cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or above, and 3.0 for college freshmen and sophomores at the time of application.
  • Participants that are applying as secondary school seniors must achieve a minimum SAT score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative portion and a minimum of 500 on the writing portion OR a minimum ACT composite score of 21.
  • Scholarship awardees must demonstrate leadership abilities through participation in extracurricular student activities, a high degree of civic involvement, volunteer work, or part-time employment.
  • Participants must have financial need as demonstrated by the household income ceiling of $70,000 for a family of four and $80,000 for a family of five or more.
  • The applicant and all immediate family members must have US citizenship. Please be aware that security clearances cannot be granted to applicants who hold dual citizenship.
  • All finalists must pass a drug screening test and initial and periodic counterintelligence (CI)-scope polygraph tests. Please note that the security clearance processing and drug screening test cannot be conducted while the applicant is overseas.
  • Finalists may be asked to take part in an interview (either in person or over the telephone) and/or written exercise.
  • Participants must be currently enrolled in a baccalaureate or graduate degree program which is primarily focused on skills deemed critical to DIA such as:
    • Foreign area studies
    • Computer science
    • Business administration
    • Human resources
    • Public administration
    • International relations
    • Legal
    • Political science
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Microbiology
    • Pharmacology
    • Toxicology
    • Engineering
    • Intelligence analysis

Application Procedures

Application process for high school seniors:

  • Applications are to be reviewed by the applicant’s high school guidance office (prior to online submission) and must include:
    • High school transcript (9th-11th grade) and a list of senior year scheduled classes
    • Scholastics Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) results
    • Gender, Ethnicity, Race and Disability Self-Identification (DIA Form 418A) form available on the DIA website
    • Resume, including extracurricular activities during high school (awards, leadership roles, etc.), volunteer work, or part-time employment, etc.
    • Essay explaining why participant wishes to pursue a particular field of study and illustrate leadership ability
    • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or a copy of last year’s income tax return or parent(s) or guardian

If any items listed above are not received, the package will not be considered.

Application process for college freshmen and sophomore students:

  • Applications are to be submitted online and include:
    • A complete transcript and a list of courses to be taken the next semester
    • Resume detailing extracurricular activities, volunteer work and any work experience
    • One signed letter of recommendation from a college professor or employer
    • Essay explaining why the applicant is pursuing a particular area of study, and how the applicant has displayed leadership ability

Application Submission Instructions

  • Applications will only be accepted online at https://diajobs.dia.mil. Click on "View Vacancy Announcements & Apply for DIA jobs" then click "no" when it asks if you are a current DIA employee.
  • Click on the link to view job postings, then place a check next to "Louis Stokes Educational Scholarship Program." Click Apply. Please submit only the information requested.

Benefits

  • Tuition and required fees (limited to $18,000 per year) toward a four-year degree program at an accredited college or university selected by the student and endorsed by the Agency
  • Reimbursement for books and needed supplies
  • An annual salary (paid bi-weekly) to cover college room, board and other personal expenses
  • Full-time employment in a job related to their academic major during the summer vacation while in college
  • Full benefits including health insurance, life insurance and retirement
  • Guaranteed position at DIA after graduation appropriate to their skills and abilities

For additional information contact the Human Resources Operations Center at 202-231-4762. For additional information about DIA, please visit our website at http://www.dia.mil.

DIA is an equal opportunity employer. All candidates will be considered without regard to non-merit factors, such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, handicap, or sexual orientation. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous service may apply.


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