NSA STUDENT PROGRAMS

NSA offers a wide selection of paid programs for high school, college and graduate students in many career fields.

NSA Student Programs applications are generally accepted in the spring and fall. (Check the individual program of interest.) If you've already applied, visit the NSA Student Portal to learn more.


Take advantage of NSA’s student programs to learn more about NSA, deepen your knowledge of your career field, and collect a paycheck or scholarship money. We offer internships, scholarships, a co-op program and more. Search for the perfect opportunity for you based on your education level and field of interest.

Remember, NSA selects most of its student program candidates up to a year in advance. That means your application will be due at least nine months before you start, so don’t forget to plan ahead!

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Internship applications are typically accepted in September and October each year.

MATHEMATICS


Director’s Summer Program (DSP)

Education: Undergraduate Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors
Academic Field: Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics

The DSP provides a unique opportunity to outstanding undergraduate mathematics majors.

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Each summer, we invite about two dozen exceptional students to collaborate with each other and with NSA mathematicians on problems critical to the intelligence gathering and information assurance missions of the agency. The students participating in this program work on a wide range of problems involving applications of abstract algebra, geometry, number theory, analysis, probability, statistics, combinatorics, graph theory, algorithms and computer science. Throughout the summer, students develop mathematical theory, apply what they learn to obtain real-time solutions, and experience the success built on hard work and innovation. State-of-the-art computing resources are available to all students, as well as a variety of computational algebra and statistics packages. The DSP provides a unique opportunity to outstanding undergraduate mathematics majors. Each summer, we invite about two dozen exceptional students to collaborate with each other and with NSA mathematicians on problems critical to the intelligence gathering and information assurance missions of the agency. The students participating in this program work on a wide range of problems involving applications of abstract algebra, geometry, number theory, analysis, probability, statistics, combinatorics, graph theory, algorithms and computer science. Throughout the summer, students develop mathematical theory, apply what they learn to obtain real-time solutions, and experience the success built on hard work and innovation. State-of-the-art computing resources are available to all students, as well as a variety of computational algebra and statistics packages.

The DSP is seeking students who have distinguished themselves in undergraduate research or national mathematics competitions. Admission to this program is highly competitive. Applicants should have demonstrated superior mathematical aptitude. One full year of upper-level mathematics (abstract algebra or analysis) is strongly recommended. Some computer programming experience is desirable.

To be considered for DSP, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • A resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (LORs) from faculty members who can speak directly to your mathematics/technical background (Professors may email LORs directly to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov).
  • Transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended through the current academic year, to include transferred credit

Graduate Mathematics Program (GMP)

Education: Graduate Students
Academic Field: Mathematics & Statistics

The Graduate Mathematics Program (GMP) is a summer program for currently enrolled graduate students.

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The GMP provides an opportunity for exceptional mathematics and statistics graduate students to work directly with NSA mathematicians and statisticians on mission-critical problems and experience the excitement of the NSA technical community first-hand. The participants in this program work on a wide range of problems involving mathematics, statistics, data science, cryptology and communications technology. Participants document their work in technical papers which are internally published at the agency. State-of-the-art computing resources are available to GMP participants. Computational software packages such as Python, R, Sage, Magma, MATLAB and others are also available.

To be considered for GMP, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • A resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (LORs) from faculty members or supervisors who can speak directly to your mathematics or statistics background (Professors may email LORs directly to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov).
  • Transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended through the current academic year, to include transferred credits

Summer Program for Operations Research Technology (SPORT)

Education: Graduate and Doctoral Students
Academic Field: Mathematics, Data Science, Statistics, Operations Research

The Summer Program for Operations Research Technology (SPORT) offers students the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge in the stimulating professional environment of one of the most advanced intelligence agencies in the world.

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SPORT interns spend the summer developing innovative solutions to unique problems.

As a SPORT intern you will apply the technical skills you’ve learned in graduate school to challenging agency operational problems. You will be responsible for both leading the technical development of your project and interfacing with your agency customer. Throughout the summer, you will be working alongside full-time operations research analysts and attending weekly seminars on operations research best methods and practices. At the conclusion of the program, you will present your findings directly to your project customer, fellow interns, and senior leadership.

To apply, you must be enrolled in and have completed at least one semester of an M.S. of Ph.D. program in a field of study closely related to one or more of the following disciplines:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Data Science and Big Data Analytics
  • Statistics
  • Operations Research
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Computer Network Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Management Science

To be considered for SPORT, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • (Optional) Cover Letter

Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis Summer Program (CASASP)

Education: Undergraduate Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors
Academic Field: Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics

The CASASP gives undergraduate mathematicians and computer scientists a chance to contribute to mission-essential technical operations at NSA. The CASA 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. Each summer we invite 12 students to learn, use, and further NSA's tradecraft as they work on operational problems of national importance.

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CASASP begins with classified briefings on modern cryptography and operational projects which will form the basis for research throughout the summer. Problems involve applications of math, statistics, computer science, reverse engineering and software development. We work with data from many sources, analyze a wide range of technologies and provide access to cutting-edge computing resources. Results are integrated into production systems to provide new capabilities to our organization.

The CASASP runs from the end of May through the middle of August and is open to students majoring in mathematics, computer science, or a related field. Applicants should have at least one year of mathematics beyond calculus. Some programming experience is expected (C, C++, Java, or Python). If you possess imagination, initiative and intellectual curiosity, apply for the CASASP.

To be considered for CASASP, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • A resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (LORs) from faculty members who can speak directly to your mathematics/technical background (Professors may email LORs directly to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov).
  • Transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended through the current academic year, to include transferred credit

CYBERSECURITY


Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-Cyber Ops) Summer Intern Program

Education: Undergraduate Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors; Graduate Students
Academic Field: Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering

The Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-Cyber Ops) Summer Program is NSA’s premier outreach program for students enrolled in the Cyber Operations specialization at NSA-designated universities.

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Selectees will be invited to participate in a 12-week summer program to gain knowledge of specific cyber-related topics and apply educational knowledge to address various real-world mission-related technical challenges.

Participants in the program will work on a broad range of problems involving applications of computer science and engineering.

The goals of the CAE in Cyber Operations Summer Program are to:

  • Introduce our country’s future leaders in cyber-related fields to the agency’s mission and share the excitement of working on problems of national importance.
  • Provide a deep understanding of the vital role that computer science and engineering play in enabling the agency to tackle a diverse set of technical challenges.
  • Encourage undergraduate and graduate computer science and engineering majors to continue cyber-related studies and careers.
  • Afford participants the opportunity to provide solutions to current operational problems.

Participants are broadly exposed to NSA’s cyber mission through a variety of cyber-related topics and hands-on labs. They work on mission driven problems throughout the summer and will participate in a CAPSTONE activity focused on specific real-world technical problems. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to conduct data analysis and contribute to exploitation techniques. They will apply that learning to developing real-time solutions and experience the excitement of success built on hard work and innovation. The outstanding work accomplished by the participants will be documented in the CAE Cyber Ops Summer Program year-end report.

To be considered for CAE Cyber Ops, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or employers familiar with your work

Cyber Summer Program (CSP)

Education: Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors; Graduate Students
Academic Field: Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Network Security, Information Assurance

The Cyber Summer Program (CSP) is NSA’s premier outreach effort to the very best undergraduate and graduate computer cybersecurity, computer science, engineering, mathematics, network security and information assurance students in the country.

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Each summer we invite exceptional students to participate in a 12-week program where they work together, and in teams, directly with NSA technical professionals on mission-critical, cyber-related problems.

The goals of the Cyber Summer Program are to:

  • Introduce our country’s future leaders in cyber-related fields to the Agency’s mission and share with them the excitement of working on problems of national importance.
  • Provide a deep understanding of the vital role that cybersecurity, engineering, mathematics, network security and information assurance majors to continue their studies and pursue careers in the cyber-related fields.
  • Provide solutions to current operational problems.

The students participating in the program work on a broad range of problems involving application of computer science and engineering. During the first weeks of the internship, they are broadly exposed to NSA’s cyber mission through a variety of lectures, classes and tours. The students are presented with a set of current mission-driven problems and choose which problems they will focus on for the summer. This outstanding work accomplished by each student will be presented to senior NSA leadership as well as documented in the CSP year-end report. Students learn and develop data analysis, network analysis and exploitation techniques. They will apply what they learn to obtain real-time solutions and experience the excitement of success built on hard work and innovation.

To be considered for CSP, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or employers familiar with your work

Cybersecurity Directorate Summer Intern Program (CSDIP)

Education: Undergraduate Juniors, Graduate Students, Doctoral Students
Academic Field: Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information System, Information Assurance, Computer Forensics, Systems Engineering, Network Engineering

The NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate Summer Intern Program (CSDIP) is an exciting opportunity for outstanding undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in a variety of technical fields to experience and contribute to the mission of NSA.

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The newest of NSA’s internship programs, CSDIP invites students in cybersecurity, computer science, computer engineering, information systems, information assurance, computer forensics, systems engineering and network engineering to participate in a 12-week program where they join the Cybersecurity Directorate (CSD) mission and work directly with NSA technical professionals on mission-critical cyber-related problems.

NSA Cybersecurity Directorate’s mission is to prevent and eradicate threats to National Security Systems (NSS) and critical infrastructure, with a focus on the Defense Industrial Base. This diverse team of problem solvers collaborate across industry and government to expose foreign cyber espionage, patch critical vulnerabilities, modernize encryption, and issue unique, timely, and actionable cybersecurity guidance. Here, you will have unique access to classified and unclassified data to solve hard problems and secure critical systems. If you enjoy creative mission outcomes, cybersecurity at NSA is the place for you!

The goals of the Cybersecurity Directorate (CSD) Summer Intern Program are to:

  • Introduce our country’s future cyber leaders to the CSD mission in cyber-related fields and share with them the excitement of working on problems of national importance
  • Provide a deep understanding of the vital role that cybersecurity, computers, computer engineering, information systems, information assurance, computer forensics, systems engineering and network engineering plays in enabling the Cybersecurity Directorate to tackle a diverse set of technical challenges
  • Provide solutions to current cyber related operational problems

To be considered for CSDIP, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation from STEM faculty members or employers familiar with your skills

Hawaii CAE Cyber Operations Summer Internship

Education: Undergraduate Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors; Graduate Students
Academic Field: Cybersecurity, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science

The Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-Cyber Ops) Summer Program is the NSA’s premier internship program for students enrolled in the cyber operations specialization at NSA-designated universities.

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Participants who have taken classes in a variety of cyber-related topics which are then applied to real-world, mission-related technical projects will complete a 12-week summer program in Hawaii. Interns will work on a broad range of problems involving computer science and engineering.

As a participant in the program:

  • You will learn about NSA’s unique mission and will be exposed to the broad scope of cyber studies and careers
  • You will gain a deep understanding of the vital role that cyber operations play in enabling NSA to work a diverse set of technical challenges
  • You will work on a classified project that will support a real mission

As an added bonus, this position is in Hawaii, so you will spend the summer in a tropical paradise unlike anything you can find stateside.

To be considered for CAE Cyber-Ops Hawaii, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts

COMPUTER SCIENCE, ENGINEERING & INFORMATION SYSTEMS


Installations & Logistics (I&L) / Data Center Facilities Management (DCFM) Intern Program

Education: Undergraduate Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors; Graduate Students
Academic Field: Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Cybersecurity, Business, Data Science, Interior Design, Logistics, Supply Chain Management

The I&L Intern Program is a 12-week program for students interested in project management, master planning, data analytics, engineering fields, architecture/interior design, and supply chain/business management operations.

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In addition to gaining valuable work experience, interns will gain substantial exposure to NSA’s mission operations through I&L’s supporting functions and tours of various sites. Interns will have the opportunity to interact with leaders on a daily basis and receive unparalleled mentorship and professional development. The internship will culminate in a final presentation to senior leadership, describing their project impact and experience at the NSA. By the end of the program, students will be skillful in their understanding of the infrastructure backbone of an intelligence agency.

Applicable areas of study include, but are not limited to:

  • Design/Planning
    • Architecture
    • Interior Design
    • Urban Development/City Planning
  • Engineering
    • Civil
    • Electrical
    • Power
    • Structural
    • Chemical
    • Fire Protection
    • Mechanical
    • Industrial
    • Control Systems
    • Environmental
    • Environmental Science
  • Business/Management
    • Accounting
    • Business Management
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • Project Management/Construction Management
    • Information Systems Management
    • Data Analytics
    • Data Visualization
    • Business Statistics
    • Operations/Supply Chain Management

Previous intern projects have included opportunities to:

  • Contribute to NSA construction and renovation projects that support facility operations and maintenance through infrastructure planning, design development, standards application and project management services
  • Monitor NSA’s 24/7 operations at the Facilities Control Center with a team of control systems specialists, including experts on fire alarms, SCADA and electrical systems
  • Coordinate master plans for the new campus under construction, back by quantifiable cost-benefit analysis
  • Troubleshoot mechanical and electrical system deficiencies through control management systems with a team of senior engineering and optimizing functionality for successful future operations.

DCFM

The Data Center Facility Management (DCFM) Intern Program provides students with real world exposure to data center facility management and technology. Participants will gain experience through a hands-on approach to manage a data center. Position in this program will be available at NSA Washington -Ft. Meade, NSA Texas-San Antonio, and NSA Utah – outside of Salt Lake City.

DCFM is a dynamic field created to govern the facilities and complex engineering frameworks that support massive parallel computing systems. DCFM involves an unprecedented integrated approach that combines power and HVAC engineering disciplines with information technology. All of these branches of knowledge join together to help create a safe and secure environment where parallel computing systems and their infrastructure can operate at peak efficiency with optimal potential for future expansion. DCFM also ensures that efficient and forward-thinking practices are implemented during the design, construction, installation and maintenance projects that occur regularly within the walls of an operating data center.

Applicable areas of study include, but are not limited to:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical/Power Engineering
  • Industrial Control Systems
  • Information Technology/Networking

Previous intern projects have included:

  • Research of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) tools, which are software-based programs to better manage most aspects of a data center
  • Creation of sever room layouts to optimize efficiency of a data center
  • Collection and analysis of power space and cooling data for NSA Data Center new system installations
  • Use of 6 Sigma Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tool to better understand how certain factors affect the IT environment
  • Design of a new-zero data center facility with the latest industry power and cooling infrastructure technology

To be considered for I&L/DCM, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume

Science of Security Summer Intern Program (SOS)

Education: Undergraduate Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors; Graduate Students
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Cybersecurity, Engineering, Information Technology, Mathematics, Psychology

NSA’s Science of Security (SoS) Summer Internship Program offers paid research internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate-level university students pursuing STEM degrees.

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The 12-week program starting mid-May/June offers interns the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with full-time NSA researchers on innovative cybersecurity research and technology. NSA/CSS Research Directorate (RES) is home to a highly technical and talented workforce that performs cutting-edge research and creates breakthroughs in mathematics, computer science, engineering, cybersecurity, physics, neuroscience and linguistics that lead to creative solutions to NSA's most challenging problems.

To be considered for SoS, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • One page essay on applicant research experience and/or interests
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member or research mentor who can speak to experience

Summer Intern Program for Science and Technology (SIPST)

Education: Undergraduate Sophomores or Juniors
Academic Field: Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Data Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Network Engineering, Software Engineering, Telecommunications

The Summer Intern Program for Science and Technology (SIPST) is a full-time, 12-week summer internship program open to college sophomores and juniors who are concentrating their studies in the disciplines of computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, network engineering, software engineering or telecommunications.

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The SIPST participants have an opportunity to work with leading computer scientists and engineering on the nation’s toughest cyber problems while enhancing their skills in assignments related to their major. The students work closely with a project mentor on a specific, mission-focused problem while learning in an exciting high-tech environment.

To be considered for SIPST, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts

Computer Science Intern Program (CSIP)

Education: Undergraduate Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors; Graduate Students and Doctoral Students
Academic Field: Computer Science

The Computer Science Intern Program (CSIP) is an intense and exciting 12-week immersive internship open to select college undergraduate and graduate students majoring in computer science or closely related disciplines.

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Interns are assigned to projects that contribute to NSA’s mission. Projects culminate in a short presentation and technical paper. 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

Preference will be given to applicants who have successfully completed the following courses:

  • Data Structures
  • Discrete Mathematics or Discrete Structures
  • Calculus I and Calculus II

Candidates are also expected to have taken courses in two or more of the following areas:

  • Computer Organization and Assembly Language
  • Principles of Programming Languages
  • Software Design and Development
  • Operating Systems
  • Compiler Theory
  • Computer Architecture
  • Database Management Systems
  • Computer Graphics
  • Automata Theory and Formal Languages
  • Software Engineering
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks
  • Vulnerability Discovery
  • Principles of Computer Security
  • Computer Network Security
  • Information Retrieval
  • Human Language Technologies
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Parallel and Distributed Processing
  • Signal Processing
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Linear Algebra

To be considered for CSIP, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance (SIPIA)

Education: Undergraduate Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors; Graduate and Doctoral Students
Academic Field: Cybersecurity, Computer Sciences, Information Technology, Information Assurance, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, etc.

The Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance (SIPIA) is a 12-week summer program accelerating participants’ careers in the field of Information Assurance (IA) by offering hands-on technical experience while working for NSA.

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SI IA hosts rising juniors and seniors pursuing bachelor’s degrees as well as students pursuing master’s and doctorate degrees in the technical fields listed below. Interns will be involved in projects that enable the cyber mission force through current analysis, expertise, training and tools. Interns will be involved in IA projects, including protecting and defending the nation’s information systems networks and outmaneuvering cyber adversaries. To participate in this program, students must return to school for at least one semester following the internship.

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

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Networking
  • Cyber and Information Security
  • Computer Technology/Computer Information Technologies
  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems Security
  • Information Assurance
  • Computer and Information Systems
  • Network System Administration
  • Computer Engineering
  • Cybersecurity Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering/Electronics Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • System/Network Administration and Operations
  • Systems Security Engineering
  • Information Assurance Systems and Project Acquisition
  • Cryptography
  • Computer Engineering
  • Threat and Vulnerability Assessment, including Risk Management
  • Cybersecurity
  • Operations of Computer Emergency Response Teams
  • Information Assurance Training, Education and Management
  • Computer Forensics/Cyber Forensics/Digital Forensics
  • Defensive Information Operations
  • And related degrees

To be considered for SIPIA, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

Signals Intelligence Collection Program (SICP)

Education: Undergraduate Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Data Science, Physics, Information Systems, Political Science, Area Studies, International Relations, History, Telecommunications

NSA’s SICP provides outstanding college students the opportunity to support NSA as a salaried intern during their college summers.

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The SICP selects students pursuing computer science, computer engineering or related STEM degrees who would work on projects involving the development, production and modification of tools, software applications and/or hardware.

SICP also looks for computer-savvy students who can apply their learning and skills to assist in technical development or operational scenarios but may not be pursuing an overly technical degree or curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to leverage their skills to support the development of collection strategies across a vast architecture, implement mission initiatives in accordance with lawful compliance, manage collection tasks and understand critical mission data flows. Interns are mentored by experienced SIGINT professionals who conduct SIGINT collection operations and/or build and modify state-of-the-art collection capabilities. SICP interns will also have the opportunity to discover various career paths they could pursue in the future as full-time NSA employees. Finally, the friendships and networks interns build during their tour can last a lifetime.

Student applications will be evaluated based on the various projects or assignment requirements submitted by the sponsoring NSA organizations. Depending on the type of project/assignment for which you are considered, learning and proficiency in a number of technical disciplines plus your interview results will be evaluated during the selection process. The list below contains examples of some of the skills that could be required, depending on the project/assignment for which the intern is selected:

  • High- and low-level programming language skills and examples of experience such as C, C++, Java, Python, JavaScript, R, Assembly, etc.
  • Web development experience using such tools as: HTML, CSS, PHP, etc.
  • Engineering skills involving Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) development, Hardware Descriptive Language (HDL) syntax, VHDL, or Verilog experience, Digital Logic Design and Verification (State Machines, Pipelining, Test Benches, etc.)
  • Programming on Linux OS, Windows, OS X, Android, iOS, etc.
  • Basic experience with repository source control systems such as SVN, GIT, Beanstalk, etc.
  • Knowledge of refactoring analytics.
  • Data analytics and algorithm development; use of Apache Hadoop/Pig; statistical modeling; datamining/analysis; network modeling; and similar tools for big data
  • Familiarization with cloud, containerization and big data technologies, using tools such as AWS, Ansible, MS Azure, Puppet, Docker, Kubernetes, etc.
  • Working knowledge and competencies in telecommunications, computers, networks and the internet
  • Computer skills (some programming) in combination with background in political science, international relations, area studies, geospatial studies, telecommunications, economics, etc.

To be considered for SICP, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

NSA Colorado College Summer Internship Program

Education: Undergraduate Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors
Academic Field: Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Cybersecurity, Political Science, Criminal Justice, English, History

The Colorado Summer Internship Program is a 12-week internship for high-potential, full-time college students.

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This program offers students an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience while building knowledge and skills in fundamental aspects of the NSA mission. Internship positions are offered in multiple mission areas requiring a range of competencies to include but not limited to computer science, programming and engineering.

There are two positions offered for the NSA Colorado Summer Internship (NSAC):

Software Engineer Internship positions:

  • Analyze user/customer requirements related to software and/or software system design
  • Build software prototypes
  • Design, develop and debug software applications
  • Troubleshoot and debug computer code

Target Analyst Internship positions:

  • Conduct analysis of metadata
  • Conduct target analysis
  • Conduct target research

To be considered, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

NSA Texas Summer Intern Program

Education: Undergraduate Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors
Academic Field: Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, etc.

The Texas Summer Intern Program is a 12-week internship for high-potential, full-time college students.

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This program offers students an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience while building knowledge and skills in fundamental aspects of the NSA mission. Internship positions are offered in multiple mission areas requiring a range of competencies to include, but not limited to, computer science, programming and engineering.

Ideally, candidates with the following knowledge/skills/abilities will fit well into various internship positions at NSA Texas.

  • Knowledge of modern telecommunications and information systems technologies to include one or more of the following: router/firewall/proxy administration, Microsoft Windows internals, Unix/Linux internals and network security implementation & practices.
  • Knowledge/experience with software design and development. Familiarity with software engineering processes/practices is a plus. The ability to assimilate new concepts and technologies quickly and follow development methodologies is critical.
  • Experience or familiarity with one or more of the following is recommended: object-oriented programming; Wiki or other collaborative technologies; operating systems: Windows, Linux, CentOS; languages: MEAN (MySQL-MongoDB/Express/Angular/Node), Java, PHP, Javascript, Python, C++, SQL; client/server applications development; agile development methods.
  • Prior experience in the following areas is highly desirable, but not required: Basic TCP/IP networking (including subnetting and routing), computer and networking system installations hardware and software, system troubleshooting, hardware repair, operating system provisioning, and operating system troubleshooting.
  • Highly desired skills and experience include: Active Directory, VMware vSphere Architecture, Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp, Windows/Redhat Enterprise Linux, Solarwinds/Network Node Manager and Cisco switching/routing concepts. Additionally, experience with storage management and technologies such as FiberChannel, iSCSI, NFS/CIFS, NetApp, EMC, and IBM arrays are favorable.

To be considered, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

NSA Hawaii Technical Summer Intern Program

Education: Undergraduate Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors
Academic Field: Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, etc.

The NSA Hawaii Technical Summer Intern Program is a 12-week internship for high potential, full-time college students.

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Internships are offered in multiple mission areas requiring a range of competencies, including computer science, programming, engineering and analysis.

As a participant, you will gain hands-on work experience while building knowledge and skills in fundamental aspect of the NSA mission. Plus, this position is in Hawaii, so you will spend your summer in a tropical paradise unlike anything you can find stateside.

Candidates with the following will be a perfect fit:

  • Knowledge or experience with software design and development. Familiarity with software engineering processes and practices is beneficial.
  • Experience of familiarity with one or more of the following is recommended: object-oriented programming; Linux and Windows operating systems; languages: Java, JavaScript libraries (Ext JS, Angular, etc.), C++, Python, SQL and NoSQL based Data Stores; client/server applications development; agile development methods
  • Experience with project management
  • Knowledge or experience in system administration, network administration and/or requirements analysis

The ideal candidates will be self-motivated and possess the interpersonal skills necessary for teamwork and collaboration. Strong research skills are essential.

To be considered, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

NSA Georgia Summer Internship Program

Education: Undergraduate Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors; Graduate Students
Academic Field: Computer Science, Engineering, Cybersecurity

How would you like to spend your summer developing technological solutions that contribute to the security of our nation?

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Does the prospect of applying your skills to the NSA/CSS mission spark your interest? If so, then join a team of highly skilled, motivated and passionate professionals who lead the cryptologic enterprise and are ready for the changes in our environment.

The NSA Georgia Summer Internship offers students an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience while building knowledge and skills in fundamental aspects of the NSA mission. Take charge of your professional development and experience a once-in-a-lifetime internship opportunity.

NSA Georgia sponsors a variety of internships for college students of all levels. We accept internship applications for the following areas:

  • Science & Technology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical & mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Intelligence and Security
  • Information Assurance
  • Information Technology

To be considered, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

ANALYSIS


Summer Language Program (SLP)

Education: Undergraduate Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors; Graduate Students and Doctoral Students
Academic Field: Any

The Summer Language Program is a 12-week internship intended for high-potential, full-time undergraduate and graduate students.

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Foreign language proficiency combined with a wide array of majors and minors will be considered for this program, which can be a one-summer or two-summer internship.

The SLP is hiring students with proficiency in Arabic, Chinese and Russian. Individuals with skills in less common languages are also encouraged to apply. Languages may change from year to year based on the agency’s projected hiring needs.

The SLP includes:

  • A language mentor assigned from NSA’s language analysis team
  • Hands-on operational experience
  • Relevant job-specific briefings
  • Job-specific training and customized language training

To be considered for SLP, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

Intelligence Analysis Summer Program

Education: Undergraduate Juniors and Graduate Students
Academic Field: International Affairs/Relations, Intelligence Studies, Regional Studies

Are you looking for an opportunity that will provide innovative professional work experiences that are meaningful to your career goals, enable you to explore the fascinating world of intelligence and give you the opportunity to serve your country?

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Look no further than NSA. Our Intelligence Analysis Summer Internship offers the opportunity for training in a multi-faceted cryptologic discipline. This program offers full-time paid internships for undergraduate and master’s degree students each year. It is an intensive 12-week program that gives rising college seniors or graduate- level students the opportunity to build knowledge and skills in the intelligence analysis field.

Interns will obtain:

  • Knowledge of the fundamental concept of modern digital communications and network analysis.
  • Skills in advanced analytic tools and techniques.
  • Knowledge of the structure and processes of the IC through immersion in signals intelligence topics, projects and meetings.
  • Skills in conducting independent and original research, documenting results and communicating findings to help satisfy customer requirements.
  • Skills in systematically applying logic, creativity and judgement to the evaluation and use of intelligence.

To be considered, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

Civil Liberties, Privacy and Transparency (CLPT) Summer Intern Program

Education: Undergraduate Juniors and Graduate Students
Academic Field: International Affairs/Relations, Intelligence Studies, Regional Studies, Economics, Psychology, Data Science

Are you looking for a unique opportunity to learn about the NSA’s mission while also directly contributing to NSA’s civil liberties and privacy efforts?

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Would you like to 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, Privacy and Transparency (CLPT) Office, you will see first-hand how fundamental privacy principles influence decision making at NSA daily.

This internship offers exposure to a variety of cryptologic disciplines and civil liberties and privacy processes. The intensive 12-week program runs from mid-May through mid-August for select undergraduate and master’s degree students entering the final year of an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Interns will actively participate in or support on-going CLPT activities under the guidance of NSA professionals responsible for the following activities:

  • Identifying and documenting existing agency Civil Liberties and Privacy (CLP) activities.
  • Identifying and making recommendations regarding improvements to existing gaps in CLP protections.
  • Identifying topics for and providing input to external reports on activities.
  • Creating written and briefing material suitable for both internal executive-level as well as public audiences.
  • Establishing or coordinating mechanisms to ensure NSA complies with appropriate Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) regulations and standards to ensure that protection of civil liberties and privacy is incorporated into NSA policies and procedures.
  • Managing or preparing, as appropriate, mandatory and ad hoc internal and external reports.

To be considered for the CLPT program, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

WORKFORCE SUPPORT


Office of the Inspector General Summer Intern Program

Education: Undergraduate Juniors and Graduate Students
Academic Field: Accounting, Information Technology, Cybersecurity

Are you looking for an opportunity that will provide innovative professional work experiences that are significant and meaningful to your career and academic goals, enable you to explore the fascinating and unique world of intelligence, and give you the opportunity to serve your country?

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Look no further that the NSA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Audit Division.

NSA’s OIG Audit Division Summer Intern Program offers the opportunity for training and experience in auditing multiple disciplines (e.g. program performance, cybersecurity and financial statements). The OIG offers full-time paid internships for undergraduate and master’s degree students each year. It is a 12-week program that gives rising college seniors or graduate-level students a wide variety of 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 the U.S. taxpayer.

You will receive training and be part of the audit team from day one. You will be assigned a supervisor and sponsor to help you quickly learn and acclimate. During your first few days on the team, you will participate in an overview to become familiar with various business functions at NSA and within the Intelligence Community (IC). Throughout the 12-week period, you will have the opportunity to work on IG audits that provide meaningful recommendations for programmatic change within the agency and influence the direction of the IC and DoD.

The NSA/CSS core missions are to protect U.S. national security systems and to produce foreign signals intelligence information. In 1961, the NSA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) permanently instituted the IG function. The NSA OIG has the authority to conduct inspections, audits, investigations, special inquiries and other reviews of programs and operations at NSA/CSS.

As an NSA summer intern, you will work within an audit team evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of NSA programs. The specific audit responsibilities include:

  • Assess and evaluate internal controls within the context of the audit objective;
  • Identify and evaluate criteria to measure performance and evaluate compliance;
  • Conduct interviews within the context of an audit or evaluation;
  • Gather and analyze audit evidence and compare observed results to specified requirements in the criteria;
  • Identify problems and develop recommendations to improve the agency’s efficiency and effectiveness; and
  • Write work papers and reports outlining results and findings from audits and evaluations

To be considered for the OIG program, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

Summer Strategic Communications Intern Program (SSCIP)

Education: Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors; Graduate Students
Academic Field: Writing, Editing, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Social Media, Visual Arts, Television Production, Animation, Museum Management, Archives

The Summer Strategic Communications Intern Program is for students enrolled in one or more of the following areas of study: writing, editing, journalism, public relations, marketing or advertising, social media, visual arts, television production, motion picture production, or 3-D animation; graphics or photography.

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The program supports the Strategic Communications organization’s role of providing accurate and timely information on NSA’s signals intelligence and cybersecurity mission and accomplishments to a variety of audiences using state-of-the-art messaging products. Candidates will be considered for internships in one of the following areas:

  • Corporate communications, messaging & public affairs: responsible for communications and major initiatives directed to both the worldwide NSA workforce and external audiences.
  • Multimedia production: videography and/or animation to support corporate video production.
  • Graphic design: creating original artwork ranging from project graphics, cartooning, web graphic images, storyboarding and presentation graphics.
  • Photography
  • Museum collections management, archives or conservation

To be considered for SSCIP, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

Security & Counterintelligence Summer Intern Program (SCSIP)

Education: Undergraduate Sophomores, Juniors and Graduate Students
Academic Field: Communications, Political Science, International Relations, Sociology, History, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Computer Science, Computer Forensics

This program brings college students into the Security & Counterintelligence (S&CI) world for internships during the summers between their sophomore and senior years.

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Interns will actively participate in or support on-going S&CI mission activities in areas such as personnel security investigations, adjudications, physical security and access control, anti-terrorism/force protection, and/or counterintelligence programs. Interns will work directly under the guidance of veteran security professionals responsible for protecting NSA personnel, facilities, and operations worldwide. In the process, they will gain an understanding of how the S&CI group supports and interacts with the larger NSA/CSS enterprise as well as counterpart organizations across the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense.

To be considered for SCSIP, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

Industrial and Organizational Psychology Intern Program

Education: Graduate and Doctoral Students
Academic Field: Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Spend your summer at NSA further developing your I/O technical skills.

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As an intern working in the HR Strategy and Program Design unit at NSA, you’ll learn to apply scientific and quantitative methods to address a wide range of human capital issues.

The Industrial and Organizational Psychology Intern Program is a 12-week internship for graduate students enrolled in an M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. program in industrial and organizational psychology or a related field. The program is designed to provide individuals the opportunity to 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. Through the work, the HR Strategy and Program Design unit is working to better understand people, organizations and the impact of management practices.

To be considered, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

Well-Being Services Summer Intern Program

Education: Undergraduate Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors; Graduate Students
Academic Fields: Health Promotion & Wellness, Health Education, Nutrition & Dietetics

The Well-Being Services Summer Intern Program is an intense and exciting 12-week internship open to select college undergraduate or master-level students majoring in health promotion & wellness, health education, nutrition & dietetics or related fields.

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Interns will gain practical health promotion experience within the Office of Occupational Health Environmental and Safety Services (OHESS).

We seek candidates who can demonstrate a variety of skills and abilities including:

  • Interpersonal relationship and team building skills
  • Program design, implementation, and evaluation
  • Organizational skills for project places and events
  • Public speaking
  • Assistance with meditation and stress reduction programs
  • Assistance with health promotion and wellness special programming
  • Partnering with clinical staff to select appropriate health education materials
  • Judgment and insight to develop updates to our wellness web pages
  • Research for cause/benefit analysis and return on investment for wellness programs
  • Research topics and craft health tips for distribution to the agency workforce

To be considered, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

Office of Reasonable Accommodations and Accessibility Intern Program (ORAA)

Education: Undergraduate Juniors and Graduate Students
Academic Field: Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling, Psychology, Sign Language Interpretation

The NSA Office of Reasonable Accommodations and Accessibility Intern Program has several intense and exciting 12-week internships open to select master’s and bachelor-level sign language interpreting and counseling/psychology students.

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Reasonable Accommodation Case Manager

Interns will gain practical experience within workplace accommodations and will gain a broad understanding of the reasonable accommodation process and implementation by working alongside experienced sign language interpreters and reasonable accommodation experts.

Specific skills obtained for the Reasonable Accommodation Case Manager Intern position include:

  • Gaining sound knowledge of the fundamental concepts of the reasonable accommodation process, from initial request for accommodations through implementation of the approved accommodations
  • Collaboration skills by working directly with employees, management and resources available at NSA
  • Enhancement of ADA and section 504 and 508 knowledge and compliance requirements
  • Enhancement of counseling skills to aid employees and managers in the accommodation process
  • Training/presentation skills by facilitating briefings on working with persons with disabilities for various offices and staff at NSA.

Specific skills obtained for the Sign Language Interpreter Intern position include:

  • Gaining sound knowledge of the fundamental concepts of interpreting and managing communication within highly technical and dynamic work environments
  • Collaboration skills by working directly with employees, management and resources available at NSA
  • Enhanced understanding of NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct and how it applies in the workplace setting
  • Develop professional/personal skills that enable a skillful navigation through the diverse interpreting needs presented by the NSA community

To be considered, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

Human Resources Intern Program

Education: Undergraduate Juniors and Graduate Students
Academic Field: Human Resources, Business, Economics, Data Science

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable paid work experience as an HR summer intern at NSA.

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The NSA Human Resources Group works with agency leadership to recruit and retain a highly skilled technical workforce. We invite you to spend your summer in an intense, exciting and educational 12-week internship open to select college graduates and undergraduates majoring in human resources (Alternative majors such as business, marketing or psychology with a minor or concentration in human resources are also acceptable). You will acquire practical HR experience while putting your intelligence and creativity to work in the U.S. Intelligence Community for the world’s technology leader.

You will be assigned in one of these specialty areas: total compensation, HR strategies, recruitment and staffing, HR benefits and employee services, HR information systems, HR data analytics or global HR service delivery.

Interns in the HR People Analytics unit will learn how to use HR data to deliver consultation and analysis to customers across the agency to help them gain a better understanding of their workforce. You will have the opportunity to be exposed to many parts of the agency and to interact with personnel at all levels. The People Analytics unit develops data models, conducts predictive analytics, produces a wide variety of analytic reports, and develops fascinating insights related to our hiring process. We look for teammates who want to learn how to help others to leverage workforce-based information to enable better decision making, and who demonstrate curiosity about information and data. Exposure to business intelligence tools such as Cognos, Tableau, PowerBI, Python, R, MS Excel, etc. is beneficial, but not expressly required.

To be considered, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

Business Management & Acquisition Summer Intern Program

Education: Undergraduate Juniors and Graduate Students
Academic Field: Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Business Administration, Economics, Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics

Are you looking for an opportunity that will provide professional work experiences that are significant and meaningful to your career and academic goals, enable you to explore the fascinating and unique world of intelligence, and give you the opportunity to serve your country? If so, look no further than NSA.

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Our BM&A Summer Intern Program offers training and experience within a multi-faceted business organization for business majors and/or those interested in applying their math knowledge to financial challenges. This 12-week program offers full-time paid internships to rising college seniors as well as graduate-level students to provide the opportunity to build knowledge and skills in a variety of disciplines within the business field. Along the way we will provide an opportunity to attend various operational tours to fully appreciate what the NSA does in defense of our nation.

Interns will work directly with seasoned BM&A business professionals on activities that ultimately impact agency decisions and operations such as:

  • Developing negotiation positions and/or negotiating multimillion dollar contracts
  • Preparing the agency’s annual budget
  • Acquiring products and services from industry partners
  • Providing financial support in execution of the agency’s budget and for major acquisition programs
  • Analyzing financial, performance and requirements data for business decision making

Specific skills obtained may include:

  • Gaining knowledge of the fundamental concepts of Government planning, programming, budgeting and execution
  • Preparing and processing contractual agreements
  • Using agency business IT systems and tools
  • Gaining a working knowledge of the agency’s acquisition processes
  • Learning fundamentals of cost and price analysis of proposals
  • Using financial principles to identify trends in data

To be considered for the BM&A program, please email the following documentation to summerinterns@uwe.nsa.gov along with your online application:

  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

Cooperative Education Program - STEM

Education: College Sophomores, Freshmen (Second Semester)
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Cybersecurity

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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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 (technical track)
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.

Cooperative Education Program – Hawaii

Education: College Sophomores, Freshmen (Second Semester)
Academic Field: Chinese Language and Studies, Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Cybersecurity

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 (technical track)
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.

Cooperative Education Program – Language

Education: College Sophomores, Freshmen (Second Semester)
Academic Field: Foreign Language

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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Programs are available for students majoring in a language-focused major including Russian, Korean, Farsi, Arabic or Chinese. Right from the start, you will be involved in real life projects and will have full use of NSA labs, equipment and advanced technologies.

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.

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program

Education: High School Seniors
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Foreign Language

The Stokes Educational Scholarship Program is a tremendous opportunity to gain valuable experience in your field while attending college and earning a degree. The Stokes Program is open to high school seniors, particularly minority students, planning to major in computer science, computer/electrical engineering, or Chinese or Russian languages.

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With the Stokes Program, you will attend college full-time, then work during the summer at NSA’s HQ in Fort Meade, Maryland, for a minimum of 12 weeks in areas related to your course of study. You will acquire real world experience and receive a salary year-round. Best yet, after you graduate college, you won’t have to go through the job search hassle - a position will be waiting for you in your area of study in the exciting world of NSA.*

Computer Science

NSA computer scientists work in areas such 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

The challenges and experiences in these areas range from pure and applied research, design, development and testing to project management and systems analysis. You will be involved in projects that focus on communication systems, computer security and networking, microprocessor applications, software engineering and optics.

Foreign Language

NSA is accepting applications from students who are proficient in Chinese or Russian.

*By participating in the Stokes Educational Scholarship Program, you are agreeing to work for NSA for at least 1.5 times the length of study upon graduation.

Benefits

  • Tuition and mandatory fees up to $30,000 per year
  • Year-round salary while attending college
  • Housing and travel entitlements during summer employment (if the distance between NSA and the school exceeds 75 miles)
  • Paid time off / health & life insurance / federal retirement plan

Minimum Qualifications

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must be eligible to be granted a security clearance.
  • Applicants should have a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • You must be a high school senior at the time of application.
  • You MUST be majoring in Computer Science, Computer/Electrical Engineering or Chinese or Russian language.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, program requirements have changed. In lieu of SAT/ACT test scores and AP/IB exam scores, high school transcripts for technical majors must show a minimum of one physics or calculus course, and a combination of two courses (minimum) of computer science, computer programming or engineering. Language majors’ transcripts must show a minimum of 3 years of coursework in world language (preferably proficient Chinese or Russian language).
  • You must submit your online application during the application period.

Application package requirements for the Stokes Educational Scholarship package are:

  • Resume
  • One-Page Essay: "Why I want a career at NSA"
  • GPA minimum of 3.0 out of 4.0 scale (unweighted)
  • Official Transcripts from high school (and college for consideration).
  • Two letters of recommendation (both must be from teachers of technical or language courses who can attest to your academic ability)

Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP)

Education: Undergraduate, Graduate (MS or PhD)
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Cybersecurity, Engineering (other), Business

The Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP) is sponsored by the DoD Chief Information Office and administered by the National Security Agency (NSA).

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The objectives of the program are to:

  • promote higher education in all disciplines of cybersecurity,
  • enhance the Department’s ability to recruit and retain cyber and IT specialists,
  • increase the number of military and civilian personnel in the DoD with this expertise, and ultimately,
  • enhance the nation’s cyber posture.

DoD is working with universities across the country, known as National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE), to develop and expand cyber-related curricula. Interested students need to apply directly with participating institutions – the list of institutions designated as CAEs can be found at https://www.caecommunity.org/cae-map.

For additional information contact the DoD CySP Program Office at AskCySP@nsa.gov or you can visit: https://public.cyber.mil/cw/cdp/dcysp.


Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART)

Education: Undergraduate Graduate
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 .

The Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity (GFSD)

Education: Graduate
Academic Field: Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Engineering (other)

Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity (GFSD), formerly known as the National Physical Science Consortium, is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry and higher education. GFSD's goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in STEM fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool.

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As a member, 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 in late August and close around Dec. 1 each year. Visit the Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity website

Gifted and Talented Language Program

Education: High School Seniors
Academic Field: Foreign Language aptitude in Chinese, Russian, Korean, Farsi or Arabic

The National Security Agency’s (NSA) Gifted and Talented (G&T) Language Program is only open to high school seniors. The program is designed for high school students who have demonstrated an aptitude for language in Chinese, Russian, Korean, Farsi or Arabic. This program provides a tremendous opportunity to gain valuable experience in foreign language. This is a paid 12-week summer internship at NSA Washington in Fort Meade, Maryland, that runs from mid-May to mid-August following high school graduation.

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Qualifications:

  • Must be a U.S citizen
  • Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance
  • Must be a high school senior who will have completed an AP language course, in one of the qualified languages (or proctored examination results demonstrating equivalent) by completion of the senior year.
  • Unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Must be at least 16 years of age at time of hire
  • Plan to pursue language studies after graduation

Forms to submit with application:

  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation. One must be from a language teacher
  • Transcript

High School Work Study Program

Education: High School Juniors
Academic Field: Business, Computer Sciences, Applied Arts, Engineering (other), Graphic Arts, Manufacturing

The High School Work Study (HSWS) Program is a highly competitive program designed for high school students who plan to participate in a school sponsored work experience program during their senior year. Students are hired on as part-time employees from September to August of their senior year. Students can apply for the following positions:

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Positions are available based on requirements at each site. When applying, ensure the job opening is for your local site.

Administrative & Technical Students:

Office Assistant
  • Students who are enrolled in business courses (Microsoft Office Suite, Accounting, Business Management, Web Page Design and etc.). They will be required to perform basic administrative tasks - type, file, maintain records, answer phones and operate business equipment such as word processors and personal computers.

Computer Aide

  • Students who are enrolled in computer or Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-focused courses (Computer Science, Java Visual Basics, Programming and etc.). They will be required to operate and/or maintain data processing equipment, often the most sophisticated equipment on the market.

Vocational Students:

Model Shop
  • Mechanically skilled students that are willing to learn from subject matters experts in one of these related trades - machining, precision sheet metal, welding, woodworking, 3D printing, graphic design, sewing, and painting. Designed for high school students who are enrolled in either Printing/Graphic Arts or Manufacturing classes at a technical high school.

Vo-Tech

  • Self-starter students with good interpersonal, teaming and industrial skills, as well as basic computer skills (e.g., e-mail, web browsers, Microsoft Office Suite). Students will be required to assist with operating and maintaining printing, binding, and packaging equipment; operating computer graphics software across various computer platforms/experience in Adobe Creative Suite; and operating industrial/production equipment, machinery, and tools such as die cutters, laminators, air compressors, and soldering equipment. It requires the individual to perform a wide variety of assembly line tasks requiring excellent eye to hand coordination in the production of electronic assemblies, electronic media and printed products. Designed for high school students who are enrolled in Printing/Graphic Arts at a technical high school.

Installation & Logistics

  • Students who are mechanically inclined. They will be required to assist with installing and maintaining building architectural systems by building standard and executive style systems are repairing, altering or constructing replacement items from materials such as wood, plastic, or metal. Apply surface finish treatments such as painting or staining. Students may also perform sanitization, declassification, excess or destruction. Sanitize, declassify or destroy the material using common hand tools or devices such as hammermills, pulverizers, incinerators, degaussers, or paper pulping equipment. Dispose of material through donation, recycling, reutilization, or resale. Designed for high school students who are enrolled in Construction, Engineering, Project Management or Manufacturing at a technical high school.

Language Students:

Chinese
  • Students who are currently enrolled in advanced Chinese courses (Chinese 5 or higher). They will be required to use their Chinese language skills to perform daily duties. Students need to be excelling in their Chinese reading, writing and listening skills. In addition, students should be recommended by the school’s lead Chinese language instructors.

Russian

  • Students who are currently enrolled in advanced Russian courses (Russian 4 or higher). They will be required to use their Russian language skills to perform daily duties. Students need to be excelling in both their Russian reading, writing and listening skills. In addition, students should be recommended by the school’s lead Russian language instructors.

Application Process:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be junior at local high school
  • Must be 16 years old by December 31 of high school junior year
  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Preferred unweighted 2.5 GPA
  • Enrolled in at least two courses pertaining to desired position
  • Reliable transportation
  • Minimum 4 hours per day / 5 days a week (Monday-Friday)

Forms Needed