NGA STUDENT PROGRAMS

Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your skills, enhance your career potential, and make a global difference each day? As a member of NGA’s elite student workforce, you will see first-hand how the work you are doing supports homeland security, disaster relief, and our nation’s warfighters.


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NGA views student employees as our future workforce; therefore, work assigned to students is professional in nature and is conducted in a learning environment that provides each student real-world experience and an opportunity to be evaluated for potential long-term employment. Student Internship 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 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.

Student Internship Program FAQ

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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. If selected, their offers will be contingent upon receipt of an official transcript from their current degree program.
  6. All selectees will be required to submit an updated official transcript.
  7. Applicants must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information, or TS/SCI.
  8. 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.
  9. Selectees are highly encouraged to work a minimum of 10 weeks each summer for the duration of their tenure in the Student Internship Program.

The Application Process

Applicants are encouraged to go to https://apply.intelligencecareers.gov/job-listings?agency=NGA to search and apply for open NGA student internship opportunities that are listed.

Once applicants identify the opportunity they would like to apply for, they should tailor their resume to the mandatory (and desirable) qualifications presented within the position description. In order to be considered “qualified” a candidate must clearly address 100% of the mandatory qualifications. To be rated among the “best qualified,” a candidate must address not only the mandatory qualifications, but also as many of the desirable qualifications as possible.

Once applicants are ready to apply, they will fill out their application(s). There is currently no place to attach a resume, so applicants will have to utilize the information they have outlined in their resume to populate the fields within the application.

Submitted applications will be reviewed by recruiters to ensure applying candidates meet the necessary qualifications. Those who meet the qualifications will be referred to a hiring official. Hiring officials will then select among the best qualified to conduct interviews.

Applicants who perform well on interviews will receive offers, and upon acceptance of those offers will enter pre-employment testing, to include:

  • Security investigation
  • Counterintelligence polygraph
  • Mandatory drug screening
  • Vision test (for some work roles)
  • Physical (for some work roles)

Upon successful completion of all pre-employment testing, and the availability of a billet for assignment, applicants will enter onto duty in Springfield, VA where they will attend the New Employee Orientation Seminar (NEOS). After completion of NEOS, they will return to their designated work location to begin working with their team.

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.
  • Grade - 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 – This includes coursework that is relevant to an internship with NGA
  • Awards and Achievements
  • Languages

Complete all required fields on the application.

  • Indicate education completed.
  • Indicate education in progress.

Submit your application and resume online on or before September 30, 2021.

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.

Take Cover

Even though the student internship job opening states that cover letters are optional, they are highly suggested. It's your first impression, make it a good one!

Cover Letter Tip

In your cover letter, make sure to state which work role you would like to be considered for. You can find work roles in the internship opportunity job posting.

Resume Hint

While you don't need to attach a resume to the student internship application, please include your work history (copy + paste works great!) at the appropriate prompts.

Referral Hint

Did you meet a NGA recruiting representative at a campus or professional event? Be sure to include the name of the event or the name of your school in the "Reference" section of the student internship application!

Save the Date

Be sure to include your graduation date - even if it's in the future - in the "Education" section of the student internship application at the "Year Acquired" prompt. Also include it in your cover letter!

Location, Location, Location

Don't forget to indicate in the "Other Information" section which NGA headquarters location you would like to be placed at - Springfield, VA, St. Louis, MO, or both!

Be Yourself!

Use your cover letter and interviews to give hiring managers a good view of who you are and why you'd like to intern at NGA.

Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence

Did you attend an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE)? If yes, be sure to indicate this in your application.

Work Experience Tip

When adding your work experience to your student intern application, be sure to include daily duties, training received and any kind of recognition you received in the role.

It's Academic

Graduating from a current academic program and entering another? Be sure to explain any academic changes in your cover letter.