NSA offers the following entry-level programs to help employees enhance their skills, improve their understanding of a specific discipline and even cross-train into a new career field. The programs are full-time paid positions. Most are three years long and feature rotational tours throughout the agency. If you have any questions regarding development programs, please contact NSA_Development_Programs@uwe.nsa.gov.
How to Apply
Check out each of the Development Programs below to identify the job titles to search in our application system .
Applied Computing Development Program (ACDP) [Formerly known as Information Technology Development Program (ITDP)]
In the Applied Computing Development Program (ACDP), you will work full-time with world-class technical leaders, completing rotational operational assignments and classroom training. Participants pursue one or more disciplines within software, hardware and network engineering. In addition to technical experience and training, you will have many career development opportunities, while enjoying a highly collaborative culture within ACDP.
Individuals interested in ACDP should apply for Computer Science Development Programs, Hardware/Software Design Engineer, Network Professional, or Software Engineer job ads.
CNODP produces technical experts to solve universal Computer Network Operations (CNO) problems and advance NSA's CNO capabilities by specializing in one of the core CNO disciplines of network, hardware, and software protection and exploitation. CNODP is for technical professionals with a background in low-level development, computer security or network security who are interested in developing skills in the areas of CNO defense, exploitation and attack. Program graduates are in high demand throughout the agency.
Individuals interested in the CNODP should search for Computer Scientist Development Program, or Capabilities Development Specialist job ads.
The increased complexity of supporting cyber warfare requires world-class researchers and developers. CDP builds the cadre of computer scientists NSA needs to address work across computer science disciplines, including computer network operations, architecture and systems, knowledge discovery, big data processing and information technology infrastructure.
Individuals interested in the CDP should search for Computer Scientist Development Programs or Software Engineer job ads.
Diverse academic backgrounds are key to NSA's continued cryptanalytic success. As part of the CADP, all incoming cryptanalysts attend formal classes, receive technical training from experienced cryptanalysts and rotate to various job assignments throughout NSA. No particular major is required; rather, evidence of technical skills and abilities is preferred.
Individuals interested in the CADP should search for the Cryptanalysis Development Program (CADP) job ad.
A firm grasp of mathematics and computer science/engineering skills are combined in the C2DP to address NSA's cryptanalytic and computer network challenges. The C2DP provides classroom and on-the-job training in cryptanalysis, computer network operations, software engineering and high performance computing.
Individuals interested in the C2DP should search for Computer Scientist Development Programs or Cryptanalytic Computer Scientist job ads.
CSEDP prepares the next generation of Cybersecurity Engineers, Information Systems Security Engineers (ISSE) and Software Engineers (SWE) with in-depth training and hands-on experience required in the support of NSA Crypto and Cyber missions. CSEDP participants ensure our National Security Systems (NSS) remain robust, secure, and available.
Individuals interested in the CSEDP should search for Computer Scientist Development Programs, Information Systems Security Professional or Software Engineer job ads.
The purpose of the CSODP is to meet existing and emerging requirements for developing talent in cybersecurity related disciplines and technologies. The program provides highly qualified candidates an opportunity to excel in these mission areas and be prepared to contribute immediately upon graduation and greatly impact cybersecurity mission areas throughout the enterprise.
Individuals interested in the CSODP should search for the Computer Network Analyst, Cyber Mitigations Engineer or System Vulnerability Analyst job ads.
The DSDP provides hands-on learning in operational settings supporting intelligence and cyber analysts. Data scientists are expected to work with analysts to find answers to their questions by applying mathematical reasoning and scripting skills to extract meaning from the agency's large repositories of data. The three-year development program builds an individual data scientist's competency in mathematics/statistics, programming/scripting and analytic reasoning.
Individuals interested in the DSDP should search for Data Scientist job ad(s).
The DDP is a three-year development program that combines rotational assignments, specialized academic training, and in-depth mentorship to develop expertise in the discovery and analysis of digital networks, target infrastructure, and mobile communications. Analysts support the Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) mission by pursuing targets; understanding adversarial tactics, techniques, and methodologies; characterizing networks; discovering new accesses; and exploiting target infrastructure. In addition, DDP provides opportunities to engage leadership, experience diverse tours, attend world class conferences, and travel worldwide on assignment. DDP participants support offices in both the NSA and the United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM). Graduates of DDP are aggressively sought for their in-depth knowledge and breadth of experience.
Individuals interested in the DDP should search for Digital Network Exploitation Analyst job ad(s).
This development program is designed to help entry-level intelligence analysts achieve a full spectrum of work role skills. As a part of the IADP, you'll solve difficult technical problems, gather knowledge of targets' communication environments and technologies, and provide assessments of target intentions unavailable from other intelligence disciplines.
Individuals interested in the IADP should search for Intelligence Analyst job ad(s).
The purpose of IASDP is to develop individuals who can successfully perform the primary tasks associated with intrusion analysis at a proficient level. The IASDP is designed to build upon an individual's existing basic network analysis, computer science and cybersecurity skills by augmenting those skills with intermediate training and organizational tours. This program will train them to a level at which they will successfully perform complex analysis in a variety of organizations, and will be technical leaders in the field of intrusion analysis.
Individuals interested in the IASDP should search for Computer Network Analyst or Digital Network Exploitation Analyst job ad(s).
The LADP is designed to build linguistic knowledge for entry-level language analysts and train them in analytic skills and the latest technologies available to the Intelligence Community. Throughout the program they'll work on a wide range of subjects and learn techniques used to evaluate foreign communications. Combined with geopolitical and cultural expertise, they will use these skills to understand both overtly stated meaning and subtly implied intent as they translate and transcribe foreign communications, and report critical information to U.S. government customers.
Individuals interested in the LADP should search for Multidisciplinary Language Analyst job ad(s).
Newly hired mathematicians and statisticians begin their careers in one of three Math Development Programs (MDP): the Cryptologic Mathematician Program (CMP), the Applied Mathematics Program (AMP) or the Cyber Assurance Mathematics Program (CAMP). These three-year programs share a common goal: to produce mathematicians and statisticians who are broadly knowledgeable in the spectrum of mathematical sciences used at NSA.
CMP/AMP/CAMP members will study cryptologic mathematics and related subjects in NSA-taught classes and complete rotational assignments to build skills in specific mission-related competency areas. Graduates of the MDP will be placed in an office relating to the program’s core competencies based jointly on the needs of the mission and the participant’s preferences.
Individuals interested in the MDP should search for Mathematician or Mathematical Statistician job ad(s).
The PMDP attracts technically educated individuals who can successfully participate in, and eventually lead, current and future DoD integrated acquisition, technology and logistics activities. Participants will partner closely with mission customers to research, develop and draft capability requirements, create acquisition program documents, and develop and manage acquisition program schedules and budget estimates to support the implementation of strategic plans. They will act as liaison between the technical and business functions and personnel of their assigned program.
Individuals interested in the PMDP should search for Program Management Development Program (PMDP) job ad(s).
The RFDP produces the next generation of RF engineering experts at NSA by developing the core skills necessary to maintain and advance NSA’s RF capabilities. Participants in this program will go on to lead the Agency’s RF mission, which spans initial research and development through end-to-end system design of collection systems enabling NSA to conduct its Signals Intelligence and Cybersecurity missions.
Individuals interested in the RFDP should search for Radio Frequency (RF) Design Engineer job ad(s).
Signals analysis is a cutting-edge technical discipline that seeks to identify the purpose, content and user(s) of signals. NSA must maintain and develop a highly talented and diverse workforce of signals analysts who play a vital part in maintaining our technical capabilities to use the most sophisticated means to recover, understand and derive intelligence from all manner of foreign signals.
Individuals interested in the SADP should search for Signals Analyst job ad(s).
The SEDP develops junior and mid-level systems engineers to perform as Enterprise Systems Engineers. The SEDP ensures coherent integration of systems engineering-related activities throughout the enterprise; provides a structured, repeatable framework to shape the systems engineering workforce over time; and provides candidates an opportunity for systematic development, career broadening assignments, knowledge, skills and experience.
Individuals interested in the SEDP should search for Systems Engineer or Hardware/Software Design Engineer job ad(s).