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NSA offers a wide selection of opportunities for high school, college and graduate students in a variety of career fields. Take advantage of NSA’s student programs to learn more about NSA, deepen your knowledge of your career field, and maybe even collect a pay check. We offer internships, scholarships, co-op programs and more. 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!



Continue to check the NSA Careers site for the latest in job openings. They are continually changing!





Do you have to be a U.S. citizen to apply? 

Yes. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for NSA employment.


 What about dual citizenship? 

Individuals who hold dual citizenship are not precluded from applying for positions at NSA. Dual citizenship may raise questions about foreign preference or loyalty, and will need to be resolved before a clearance can be granted. These concerns can vary from case to case and will be addressed on an individual basis.


 I am interested in more than one career field. Should I submit a resume for each position that interests me? 

You can submit a resume for each position or use the same resume. Your skills/qualifications will be matched against all available openings. 


How long will my resume stay on file? 

Resumes are kept for six months. 


How long is the typical application process? 

There is no "typical" application process time, however, an applicant should expect that the process is considerably longer than normally experienced in private industry because every applicant is required to have a Top Secret/Special Intelligence clearance. 


What can I expect during the hiring process? 

The National Security Agency's hiring process addresses both employment suitability and security reliability issues. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for NSA employment. To obtain the security clearance for NSA employment, applicants must satisfy the criteria found in Executive Order 12968 and Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) Number 704. The hiring process includes, but is not limited to, psychological screening, a polygraph interview (view our polygraph brochure* and video, The Truth About the Polygraph), and an extensive background investigation. Additionally, all applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. We strongly recommend all responses to questions posed by representatives of the National Security Agency at any time during employment processing be complete, candid and truthful. 


What more should I know about security? 

NSA is a member of the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC). We process and adjudicate security clearances based on federal law, executive orders, and DoD and IC directives. Our best word of advice is to be completely candid during the security process. Your cooperation in this regard will help ensure that the process goes more smoothly and quickly. This begins with completing all the security forms accurately and honestly. 


How long does a clearance take? 

The clearance process can be lengthy. Each applicant is unique in terms of life experience and background. Factors include the location and number of investigative interviews required (i.e., a person with several employers and residences will likely take longer to investigate than a person with only one residence or employer during the period of investigation). 


What does a background investigation entail? 

The background investigation helps determine the applicant's honesty, trustworthiness, reliability, discretion and unquestioned loyalty to the United States. During the background investigation, previous and current employment, education, and residence are verified; and interviews are conducted with knowledgeable sources, such as friends, neighbors, supervisors and co-workers. In addition, credit and police checks are conducted to ensure the applicant meets the standards for access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. Personal interviews are conducted to review the completed security forms and discuss the topics necessary to help NSA adjudicate the applicant's eligibility for a security clearance. 


What can I tell my family and friends about my application process with NSA? 

We request that you use discretion when discussing your application for employment. You may tell family members or close friends, otherwise we ask that you simply state that you have applied for a government position with the DoD. We also suggest that you refrain from discussing details of your employment processing on social networking sites. Who can I contact if I have questions regarding the application and hiring process? You may contact the NSA Customer Care line at 1-866-NSA-HIRE (1-866-672-4473) or email customercare@NSA.gov.




High School Student Programs



The Stokes Educational Scholarship Program, formerly known as the Undergraduate Training Program, facilitates the recruitment of individuals, particularly minority high school students, who have demonstrated skills critical to NSA. Stokes is open to high school seniors planning on majoring in computer science or computer/electrical engineering.

As an NSA employee with the Stokes Program, you will attend college full-time, receive up to $30,000 per year for tuition and mandatory fees, and work during the summers at NSA for 12 weeks in areas that are related to your course of study. You'll acquire real-world experience and receive a year-round salary. You must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale each semester/quarter in the freshman year and a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale each semester/quarter after the freshman year. If selected as a program participant, you are required to work in your area of study for NSA after your college graduation for at least one-and-one-half times the length of study. If you leave NSA employment earlier, you must reimburse the government for your tuition.

Benefits

  • Tuition and mandatory fees of up to $30,000 per year at the college of your choice 
  • Housing and travel entitlements available during summer employment (if the distance between NSA and the school exceeds 75 miles) 
  • Year-round salary 
  • Guaranteed continued employment with NSA after graduation 
  • Annual leave, sick leave and paid federal holidays 
  • Health and life insurance 
  • Participation in federal retirement plans 

Qualifications for High School Students 

  • You must major in computer science or computer/electrical engineering and meet the following requirements: 
  •  Must be a U.S. citizen. 
  • Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance. 
  • Unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred. Must be high school senior at the time of application.
  •  A minimum SAT/college board score of 1200 (600 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, 600 Math)or ACT of 25 Demonstrated leadership abilities 
  • Computer Science NSA computer scientists work in such areas as applications programming, computer security and graphics, and the design and implementation of software involving database management systems, real-time systems, networking and distributed processing systems. Computer or 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. 
  • How to Apply 

Program applications will be accepted between September 1st and October 31st each year. Applications must be submitted online and postmarked before October 31st. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packets, will not be considered. To apply for the Stokes Educational Scholarship Program, applicants must first: 

Submit a resume online during open season by visiting the National Security Agency Careers page. Under "Basic Job Search," type in the keywords "Stokes Educational Scholarship Program" and click on "Search." Select "Stokes Educational Scholarship Program" and click "Apply Now." Follow the directions as prompted. Once your resume has been submitted online, please submit the following by mail: Letter of recommendation from a teacher/counselor/advisor who can attest to your academic ability One-page essay entitled, "I want a career at NSA because..." An official transcript from your high school which indicates your unweighted cumulative GPA and class rank (if applicable) Photocopy of your SAT/ACT or college board scores (required for all high school students) Three (3) pages of supplemental information, if desired. This information can be anything that would enhance your application, such as an original essay, etc. All resumes must include the following information: Name Full address Phone number Email address Date of birth High school Unweighted GPA Preferred college major (CS, CE, EE) Honors or AP courses Highest SAT score for math and verbal ACT scores (if taken) College boards (applicable in Puerto Rico) Class size and rank (if applicable) Extracurricular activities School activities Leadership positions held Submit your completed application package to: National Security Agency, 9800 Savage Rd., Suite 6779 Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6779 Attention: MB3, Stokes Program





The National Security Agency's (NSA) Gifted and Talented Program is open only to high school seniors. The program is designed for students who have demonstrated an aptitude for engineering, math and science.

Students work full time for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer following their senior year of high school.

Salary

All G&T students are GG 02/01.

Benefits

Annual leave, sick leave and paid federal holidays.

Work Schedule

If accepted into the program, students are to work 40 hours per week for 10 - 12 weeks during the summer months following their senior year of high school.

*Please note: Housing & travel are not available for this program.

Qualifications

Must be a U.S. citizen.

Must be eligible for a security clearance.

Unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher is preferred.

Must be a high school senior who will have completed at least an AP/IB level physics and calculus course, and either a computer science, computer programming or an engineering course by completion of their senior year.

Must have scored at least 1200 on the SAT or 25 on the ACT.

Must be at least 16 years of age at the time of hire.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted Sept. 1st - Oct. 31st of each year. Online applications must be submitted and hardcopy materials postmarked by Oct. 31st. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered.

To submit a resume during open season, visit the National Security Agency Careers page . Under "Basic Job Search," in the keywords field, please type "Gifted and Talented" and click "Search." Select "Gifted and Talented Program" and click "Apply Now." Follow directions as prompted.

Students must also mail the following:

  • Resume
  • Two teacher recommendations from a physics, calculus, computer science or engineering teacher (no more than one typewritten page by each)
  • Official transcript from high school (inclusive of the final 11th grade year)
  • Verification of SAT or ACT Scores (at least 1600 on SAT or 25 on the ACT)
  • A one-page typewritten response to "Why am I interested in STEM?"

Submit to:

National Security Agency

Office of Recruitment

9800 Savage Road

Ft. George Meade, MD 20755-6779

Attn: MB3, G&T Program





NSA offers high school students a High School Work Study Program and a Vo-Tech Program. High School Work Study is designed for students who are enrolled in either business or technical computer classes, and who plan to participate in a school-sponsored work experience program during senior year. Vo-Tech is for students who are enrolled in printing/graphic arts or manufacturing classes, and who plan to participate in a school-sponsored work experience program during senior year. The programs require no less than 20 hours a week and no more than 32 hours during the school year.  

Whether you're gifted in business, printing/graphic arts or computers, NSA provides on-the-job training specific to your skill set. Spend your senior year gaining valuable work experience with NSA while earning a salary.

About the High School Work Study Program

The High School Work Study Program is designed for high school students who are enrolled in either business or technical computer classes, and who plan to participate in a school-sponsored work experience program during their senior year.

About the Vo-Tech Program

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

Nature of the Program

When hired, employment is guaranteed from September-June of your senior year, with the possibility of an extension through late August. Your temporary, part-time employment category requires a Monday-Friday duty schedule of no more than 32 hours and no less than 20 hours per week.

Training

You'll enhance your educational requirements with on-the-job training and continued participation in work experience at school during your senior year.

Salary

Students will earn a wage consistent with a GGD 01/01 job classification.

Benefits

You will earn sick and annual leave in proportion to time actually worked (at a rate of one hour of leave per 20 hours worked). You will also receive paid federal holidays.

Available High School Work Study Program Positions

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

Computer Aide - Operate our data processing equipment, often the most sophisticated equipment on the market

Available Vo-Tech Positions

Printing/Graphic Arts - Use software to create agency brochures, pamphlets, etc.

Manufacturing - Use industrial assembly machines

Available Model Shop Positions

Machining, sheet metal, fabrication, welding, woodworking, injection molding, and painting and plating

Job Placement After Graduation

NSA cannot guarantee permanent full- or part-time employment after completing the work-study program; however, should a permanent vacancy exist, every effort will be made to place you in one of those positions.

Qualifications

Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance.

Must be a U.S. citizen.

An unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher is preferred.

Must have an interest and aptitude in business computing and office technology.

Must be a high school junior enrolled in either business or technical computer classes or printing/graphic arts or manufacturing classes (as stated above) with plans to participate in a school-sponsored work experience program throughout your senior year.

Must be 16 years of age by Aug. 31st following your junior year.

Must have reliable transportation for getting to and from work.

Making the Grade

You must meet the standards of performance on the job.

You must maintain an unweighted 2.5 GPA throughout your junior and senior years.

If absent from school, you must be absent from work.

You must achieve satisfactory evaluations from both your work supervisor and work experience coordinator.

You must complete the program year, graduate and receive your high school diploma.

Employment may be terminated if your personal conduct warrants such action.

How to Apply

  • Applications are accepted Sept. 1st through Oct. 31st of your junior year. All applicants MUST apply online and follow the instructions below.
  • To submit a resume during open season, visit the National Security Agency Careers page .
  • Under "Basic Job Search," type in keywords "High School Work Study Program," and click on "Search." Select "High School Work Study Program" and click "Apply Now." Follow the directions as prompted.
  • Applicants must also send in the following to complete your application packet:
  • Hardcopy resume (must include the relevant courses completed or in progress as well as the position to which you are applying - Office Assistant, Computer Aide, Vo-Tech or Model Shop).
  • One Teacher Recommendation Form*
  • One Student Evaluation Form*
  • Official transcript from high school

* The forms are available for use with Adobe Acrobat Reader. The latest, free version of Acrobat Reader is available for download at Adobe.

Submit your completed application package to:

National Security Agency

Office of Recruitment

9800 Savage Road

Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6779

Attn: HSWS Program, MB3

Applications must be postmarked by Oct. 31st to be considered. All applications that are received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packets, will not be considered for employment. Check with your high school work experience coordinator (typically in the business/computer/guidance department) to determine if NSA is scheduled to visit your school during the fall semester.




Undergraduate Student Programs



You 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.

Electrical or Computer Engineering Majors

Students in the electrical or computer engineering fields 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

Computer science majors 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

Cyber professionals in the Intelligence Community work as part of a team 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.

Community College students majoring in computer science, computer or electrical engineering or cybersecurity with the intent to complete a four-year degree are also eligible to apply for the Co-Op program. A GPA of 3.0 is preferred.

Salary

Salaries are highly competitive and determined by the percentage of credits completed toward a degree. Each 20 percent block of credits completed with at least a 3.0 GPA will allow you to be promoted to the next grade. Grades range from GGD-03/05 to GGD-07/01, which equates to $31,821 - $43,684 annually. These salaries include a locality-based comparability payment.

Benefits

Annual leave, sick leave and paid federal holidays

Subsidized housing accommodations are available if school is located in excess of 75 miles from NSA main HQs campus.

Tuition assistance - one technical course per semester

Qualifications

Must be a U.S. citizen.

Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance.

Must be a second semester college freshman or sophomore to apply.

A GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.

Must be majoring in electrical engineering, computer engineering or computer science, or cybersecurity.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online between Feb. 1st - March 31st and/or Sept. 1st - Oct. 31st. Applications received after these deadlines, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered. New Co-Op students will begin work in either January or August only.

To submit a resume during open season, visit the National Security Agency Careers page . Under "Basic Job Search," type in keywords "Cooperative Education," and click on "Search." Select "Cooperative Education" and click "Apply Now." Follow directions as prompted.





In the Computer Science Intern Program (CSIP), you will gain first-hand experience in critical work at NSA, while making a valuable contribution to national security. And you’ll be earning a salary too! As a CSIP intern, you will have the opportunity to apply your computer science skills to NSA hardware and software systems.

About the Program

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. 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:

  • Information Retrieval
  • Big Data
  • 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

Application Deadline
Applications are accepted Sept. 1st - Oct. 31st each year.
Salary
Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level.
Benefits
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.
Daily transportation to and from work is not provided. Students participating in the program are highly encouraged to bring a vehicle. Carpooling with other students MAY be available but is NOT guaranteed.
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.
GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.
Must be a college junior, senior, or graduate student with at least one semester remaining.
Must be a computer science major or closely related discipline.
Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between December and March.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online on or before Oct. 31st. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered.
To submit a resume online during open season, click any "Apply Online" link. Under "Basic Job Search," type in keywords "Computer Science Intern Program" and click on "Search." Select Computer Science Intern Program and click "Apply Now." Follow directions as prompted.
To be considered for CSIP, you must submit a complete application package that includes:

  • Official transcript (unofficial is acceptable if legible)
  • A resume. A well-written resume will include:
  • Your contact information.
  • Current and past degree seeking programs to include:
  • Major
  • Cumulative GPA
  • Anticipated graduation date
  • Degree Concentration
  • Lists of relevant courses taken, including the current semester’s course list.
  • Computer languages known (indicate skill level – i.e. beginner, advanced, fluent, etc.)
  • Awards, honors, and recognitions
  • Relevant experiences or projects
  • Relevant work experiences


Transcripts
Transcripts may be issued directly by the Registrar, or issued to you by the Registrar, then sent with your application materials. Only originals via post, photocopies of originals via post, scanned copies of originals via email (PDF formal only) will be accepted. If your Registrar is capable of directly sending electronic transcripts, please have them sent directly to you and then email the transcript as an attachment. Please do not send html transcripts accessible via a website or text versions thereof.
IMPORTANT: When applying online, you may submit only your resume. Please email all other required documentation to Summer_CSIP@nsa.gov

  • **Applications are not complete without the requested documentation. If you have applied to multiple positions, you MUST follow the instructions on each posting and send your requested documents to each program separately. Documents (including transcripts) will NOT be shared between programs.




The Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations Summer Intern Program (CAE-Cyber Ops Summer Intern Program) is the National Security Agency's (NSA) premier outreach program for students enrolled in the Cyber Operations specialization at NSA-designated universities. 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 Intern 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 students to continue cyber-related studies and careers; and
  • Afford participants the opportunity to provide solutions to current operational problems

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted Sept. 1st - Oct. 31st each year.

Salary

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

Benefits

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.

Daily transportation to and from work is not provided. Students participating in the program are highly encouraged to bring a vehicle. Carpooling with other students MAY be available but is NOT guaranteed.

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.

GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred

Must be a college sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student with at least one semester remaining after the internship.

Must be majoring in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or a related discipline and have completed courses in C programming, assembly programming, networking and operating systems. Equivalent experience will be considered in lieu.

Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between December and March.

Selection priority will be given to students from designated CAE-Cyber Ops institutions in pursuit of the cyber operations specializations, but students working on computer science, electrical engineering or computer engineering programs from other institutions are also welcome to apply. The program is highly competitive, and is intended primarily for undergraduate students between their junior and senior years, but exceptional freshmen and sophomores also will be considered. Graduate students and graduating seniors will be considered too, but they must be enrolled in a graduate program for fall 2015. In addition, students who have scored well in the various annual cyber-related competitions are also invited to apply.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online on or before Oct. 31st. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered.

To submit a resume online during open season, click any "Apply Online" link. Under "Basic Job Search," type in keywords "CAE in Cyber Operations Summer Intern Program" and click on "Search." Select CAE in Cyber Operations Summer Intern Program and click "Apply Now." Follow directions as prompted.

To be considered for the CAE in Cyber Operations Summer Intern Program, your application must include:

Official transcripts through the current academic year

Two letters of recommendation from faculty members

A resume. A well-written resume will include:

Your contact information.

Current and past degree seeking programs to include:

Major

Cumulative GPA

Anticipated graduation date

Degree Concentration

Lists of relevant courses taken, including the current semester’s course list.

Computer languages known (indicate skill level – i.e. beginner, advanced, fluent, etc.)

Awards, honors, and recognitions

Relevant experiences or projects

Relevant work experiences

Transcripts

Transcripts may be issued directly by the Registrar, or issued to you by the Registrar, then sent with your application materials. Only originals via post, photocopies of originals via post, scanned copies of originals via email (PDF formal only) will be accepted. If your Registrar is capable of directly sending electronic transcripts, please have them sent directly to you and then email the transcript as an attachment. Please do not send html transcripts accessible via a website or text versions thereof.

IMPORTANT: When applying online, you may submit only your resume. Please email all other required documentation (e.g., Transcripts, Letters of Recommendation, etc.) to Summer_CAE_Cyber@nsa.gov.

**Applications are not complete, and offers will not be extended, without the requested documentation. If you have applied to multiple positions, you MUST follow the instructions in each posting and send your requested documents to each program separately. Documents (including transcripts) will NOT be shared between programs.

Questions

If you have questions about the CAE in Cyber Operations Summer Intern Program, please contact us at 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also email Summer_Interns@nsa.gov or call (410) 854-4726.





The Cryptanalysis and Exploitation Services Summer Program (CES SP) is open to undergraduate students majoring in mathematics, computer science, or a major with a strong background in math and computer science. A background in both math and computer science is desired. CESSP provides an opportunity for students to work directly with National Security Agency analysts on real, mission-critical cryptanalysis problems.  

As a CES SP participant, you will develop a deep understanding of the vital role that mathematics and computer science play in tackling a diverse set of technical challenges at NSA. You'll also experience firsthand the excitement of working on problems of national importance. If you possess imagination, initiative and intellectual curiosity, apply for the CES SP.

About the Program

The CES SP runs from the end of May through the middle of August and is open to students majoring in mathematics or computer science. These programs afford the opportunity to "earn while you learn" by providing hands-on experience during a 12-week paid work assignment. Assignments are based on the student's experience and academic status. These intense programs give the brightest mathematics and computer science students in America's colleges and universities the chance to put their problem-solving skills to the test and receive valuable work experience at the same time. Students participating in the programs have the opportunity to learn cryptomathematical theory and to apply the theory to operational problems. At least one year of post-calculus math and/or statistics and one year of computer science training are strongly recommended prior to application.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted August 1st - October 15th each year.

Salary

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

Benefits

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.

Daily transportation to and from work is not provided. Students participating in the program are highly encouraged to bring a vehicle. Carpooling with other students MAY be available but is NOT guaranteed.

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 an undergraduate student majoring in mathematics or computer science. Other majors with a strong background in math and computer science may apply. Students who are completing their degree after the fall or spring semester are also eligible to apply.

Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between November and March.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online on or before Oct. 15th. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered.

To submit a resume during open season, visit the National Security Agency Careers page . Under "Basic Job Search," type in keywords "Cryptanalysis and Exploitation Services Summer Program" and click on "Search." Select "Cryptanalysis and Exploitation Services Summer Program" and click "Apply Now." Follow directions as prompted.

To be considered, you must submit a complete application package that includes:

A resume

Two letters of recommendation from faculty members who can speak directly to your mathematics or computer science background

Transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended through current academic year, to include transferred credits

Transcripts

Transcripts may be issued directly by the registrar, or issued to you by the registrar, then sent with your application materials. Only originals via post, photocopies of originals via post, scanned copies of originals via email (PDF format only), or fax copies of originals will be accepted. Should you choose to fax your transcripts, please make clean photocopies first, then fax the photocopies, as the security features can render faxes of actual transcripts unreadable. If your registrar is capable of directly sending electronic transcripts, please have them sent directly to you and then email the transcript as an attachment. Please do not send html transcripts accessible via a website or text versions thereof.

IMPORTANT: When applying online, you may submit only your resume. Please see job posting between August 1st and October 15th for the email and postal addresses to send transcripts and letters of recommendation.

**Applications are not complete without the requested documentation. If you have applied to multiple positions, you MUST follow the instructions on each posting and send your requested documents to each program separately. Documents (including transcripts) will NOT be shared between programs.

Questions

If you have questions about the Cryptanalysis and Exploitation Services Summer Program, please contact us at 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also email Summer_Interns@nsa.gov or call (410) 854-4726.





How would you like to spend your summer solving technical problems that are critical to the security of the United States? Your work can directly support the United States Intelligence Community, national level policy decisions, and our Armed Forced around the world.

Does the prospect of applying your computer science, engineering, physics and math skills to the National Security Agency’s signals intelligence mission spark your interest? If so, you may be the next Signals Intelligence Collection (SICP) Program intern to join NSA.  

About the Program

The SICP brings college students into the world of signals intelligence for compensated internships during the summers after their freshman, sophomore and junior years. The program permits students to actively participate in on-going operations to collect, analyze, and process data that is used to help satisfy high priority national intelligence requirements. As a SCIP intern, you will work directly under the guidance of NSA officer managing specific signals collection operations. Interns will use and build on their computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering, physics and math skills to satisfy intelligence requirements. In addition, you will have the opportunity to discover various career opportunities for future permanent positions at NSA.

The SICP runs from the end of May through the middle of August. A background in both math and/or computer science is desired. These programs afford the opportunity to “earn while you learn" by providing hands-on experience during the 12-week paid work assignment. Assignments are based on the student’s experience and academic status. This intense 12-week program gives the brightest math and computer science students the chance to put their problem-solving skills to the test and to receive valuable work experience at the same time.

SICP Interns will be hired on a Temporary Appointment for a term no more than 12 weeks following the beginning of the internship. A subsequent application is required. Interns must reapply yearly to participate in subsequent summers.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted September 1st - October 31st each year.

Salary

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

Benefits

Receive 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.

Daily transportation to and from work is not provided. Students participating in the program are highly encouraged to bring a vehicle. Carpooling with other students MAY be available but is NOT guaranteed.

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.

GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.

Must be a college freshman, sophomore or junior.

Prior military experience beneficial, but not required.

Students majoring in technical fields such as computer science, electrical and computer engineering, physics or math are preferred.

Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between December and March.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted on or before October 31st. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered.

To submit a resume online during open season, click any "Apply Online" link. Under "Basic Job Search," type in keywords "Signals Intelligence Collection Program" and click on "Search." Select "Signals Intelligence Collection Program" and click "Apply Now." Follow the directions as prompted.

To be considered for the Signals Intelligence Collection (SIC) Program, you must submit a complete application package that includes:

Official transcript (unofficial is acceptable if legible)

Two letters of recommendation (LORs) from faculty members who can speak directly to his or her technical background.

A resume. A well-written resume will include:

Contact information

Current and past degree-seeking programs to include:

Major

Cumulative GPA

Anticipated graduation date

Degree concentration

Lists of relevant courses taken, including the current semester’s course list

Computer languages known (indicate skill level – i.e. beginner, advanced, fluent, etc.)

Awards, honors and recognitions

Relevant experiences or projects

Relevant work experience

Volunteer work

Extracurricular activities

School activities

Transcripts

Transcripts may be issued directly by the Registrar, or issued to you by the Registrar, then sent with your application materials. Only originals via post, photocopies of originals via post, scanned copies of originals via email (PDF formal only) will be accepted. If your Registrar is capable of directly sending electronic transcripts, please have them sent directly to you and then email the transcript as an attachment. Please do not send html transcripts accessible via a website or text versions thereof.

IMPORTANT: When applying online, you may submit only your resume. Please email all required documentation to Summer_SIC@nsa.gov.

**Applications are not complete without the requested documentation. If you have applied to multiple positions, you MUST follow the instructions on each posting and send your requested documents to each program separately. Documents (including transcripts) will NOT be shared between programs.

Questions

If you have questions about the Signals Intelligence Collection (SIC) Program, please contact us at 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also email Summer_Interns@nsa.gov or call (410) 854-4726.





The Cyber Summer Program (CSP) is the National Security Agency's (NSA) premier outreach effort to the very best undergraduate and graduate computer science, engineering, mathematics, network security and information assurance students in the country. Each summer we invite up to 24 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 computer science, engineering, mathematics, network security and information assurance plays in enabling the agency to tackle a diverse set of technical challenges;

Encourage bright undergraduate computer science, engineering, mathematics, network security and information assurance majors to continue their studies and pursue careers in the cyber-related fields; and,

Provide solutions to current operational problems

About the Program

The students participating in the program work on a broad range of problems involving applications of computer science and engineering. During the first weeks of the summer 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. The 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, apply what they learn to obtain real-time solutions, and experience the excitement of success built on hard work and innovation. All the students find the work at NSA very exciting and challenging.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted September 1st - October 15th each year.

Salary

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

Benefits

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.

Daily transportation to and from work is not provided. Students participating in the program are highly encouraged to bring a vehicle. Carpooling with other students MAY be available but NOT guaranteed.

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.

GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.

Must be a college junior, senior, or graduate student with at least one semester remaining.

Must be majoring in computer science, engineering, mathematics, network security or information assurance, or another closely related discipline.

Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between December and March.

Clearance/Security Requirements

Applicants will be processed for a security clearance, and will be required to pass a psychological exam, lifestyle and counter intelligence polygraph, drug screening test, and complete a comprehensive history form that documents your foreign travel, educational background and employment history, among other areas.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online on or before October 15th. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered.

To submit a resume during open season, click any “Apply Online” link. Under "Basic Job Search," type in keywords "Cyber Summer Program" and click on "Search." Select Cyber Summer Program and click "Apply Now." Follow directions as prompted.

To be considered for the Cyber Summer Program, your application should include:

Official transcripts through the current academic year (unofficial is acceptable if legible).

Two letters of recommendation from faculty members

A resume. A well-written resume will include:

Your contact information

Current and past degree seeking program to include:

Major

Cumulative GPA

Anticipated graduation date

Degree concentration

Lists of relevant courses taken, including the current semester’s course list

Computer languages known (indicate skill level – i.e. beginner, advanced, fluent, etc.)

Awards, honors and recognitions

Relevant experience or projects

Relevant work experiences

Transcripts

Transcripts may be issued directly by the Registrar, or issued to you by the Registrar, then sent with your application materials. Only originals via post, photocopies of originals via post, scanned copies of originals via email (PDF format only) will be accepted. If your Registrar is capable of directly sending electronic transcripts, please have them sent directly to you and then email the transcript as an attachment. Please do not send html transcripts accessible via a website or text versions thereof.

IMPORTANT: When applying online, you may submit only your resume. Please email the required documentation to Summer_Cyber@nsa.gov.

**Applications are not complete without the requested documentation. If you have applied to multiple positions, you MUST follow the instructions on each posting and send your requested documents to each program separately. Documents (including transcripts) will NOT be shared between programs.

Questions

If you have questions about the Cyber Summer Program, please contact us 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also email Summer_Interns@nsa.gov or call (410) 854-4726





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

SIP/ST participants have an opportunity to work with leading computer scientists and engineers 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.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted September 1st – October 31st each year.

Salary

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

Benefits

Receive 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.

Daily transportation to and from work is not provided. Students participating in the program are highly encouraged to bring a vehicle. Carpooling with other students MAY be available but is NOT guaranteed.

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.

GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.

Must be a college junior or have at least college junior status (high potential sophomores may also be considered) majoring in one of the following degrees:

Computer Science

Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Network Engineering

Software Engineering

Telecommunications

Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between December 2016 and March 2017.

Clearance/Security Requirements

Applicants will be processed for a security clearance, and will be required to pass a psychological exam, lifestyle and counter intelligence polygraph, drug screening test, and complete a comprehensive history form that documents your foreign travel, educational background and employment history, among other areas.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online on or before October 31st. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packets, will not be considered.

To submit a resume during open season, click any “Apply Online” link. Under "Basic Job Search," type in keywords "Summer Intern Program for Science and Technology" and click on "Search." Select "Summer Intern Program for Science and Technology" and click "Apply Now." Follow the directions as prompted.

To be considered for the SIP/ST, you must submit a complete application package that includes:

Official transcripts (unofficial is acceptable if legible)

A resume. A well-written resume will include:

Your contact information

Current and past degree seeking program to include:

Major

Cumulative GPA

Anticipated graduation date

Degree concentration

Lists of relevant courses taken, including the current semester’s course list

Computer languages known (indicate skill level – i.e. beginner, advanced, fluent, etc.)

Awards, honors and recognitions

Relevant experience or projects

Relevant work experiences

Transcripts

Transcripts may be issued directly by the Registrar, or issued to you by the Registrar, then sent with your application materials. Only originals via post, photocopies of originals via post, scanned copies of originals via email (PDF format only) will be accepted. If your Registrar is capable of directly sending electronic transcripts, please have them sent directly to you and then email the transcript as an attachment. Please do not send html transcripts accessible via a website or text versions thereof.

IMPORTANT: When applying online, you may submit only your resume by completing the online resume builder. Please email all other required documentation to Summer_SIPST@nsa.gov.

**Applications are not complete without the requested documentation. If you have applied to multiple positions, you MUST follow the instruction on each posting and send your requested documents to each program separately. Documents (including transcripts) will NOT be shared between programs.

Questions

If you have questions about the Summer Intern Program for Science and Technology, please contact us at 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also email summer_interns@nsa.gov or call 410-854-4726.





The SIP/IA is a 12-week summer program meant to help accelerate your career in the field of Information Assurance (IA) by working for NSA. SIP/IA hosts high potential students pursuing bachelor's (between junior and senior year), master's or Ph.D. technical degrees (listed below) that can contribute to the IA mission. 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.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted September 1st - October 31st each year, but please refer to the individual job listing for specific dates (see the How to Apply section below for additional details).

About the Program

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

System/network administration and operations

Systems security engineering

Information assurance systems and product acquisition

Cryptography

Threat and vulnerability assessment, including risk management

Cyber security

The operations of computer emergency response teams

Information assurance training, education, and management

Computer forensics

Defensive information operations.

Students must major in one of the following academic disciplines (with concentration in IA):

Biometrics

Computer/Electrical Engineering

Computer Science

Software Engineering

Cyber Security

Network Security

Operations Research

Information Assurance

Computer Forensics

Information Security and Risk Analysis

Salary

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

Benefits

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

Daily transportation to and from work is not provided. Students participating in the program are highly encouraged to bring a vehicle. Carpooling with other students MAY be available but is NOT guaranteed.

Subsidized housing accommodations are available upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from NSA main HQs campus.

Qualifications

Must be U.S. citizen

Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance

GPA of 3.2 or higher is preferred.

Must be a graduate or undergraduate student; undergraduate students must be in junior year or have reached college junior status.

Must have at least one semester remaining following the internship.

Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between December and March.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online between September 1st – October 31st. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packets, will not be considered.

To submit a resume during open season, click any “Apply Online” link. Under "Basic Job Search," type in keywords "Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance" and click on "Search." Select "Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance" and click "Apply Now." Follow directions as prompted.

To be considered for the Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance, your application should include:

Official transcripts (unofficial is acceptable if legible)

Online application should list all degrees, completed or currently in progress to include school name, major, minor, number of credits, estimated degree completion date and current GPA. (Please list current GPA for all degrees, completed or in progress.)

A resume. A well-written resume will include:

Your contact information

Current and past degree seeking program to include:

Major

Cumulative GPA

Anticipated graduation date

Degree concentration

Lists of relevant courses taken, including the current semester’s course list

Computer languages known (indicate skill level – i.e. beginner, advanced, fluent, etc.)

Awards, honors and recognitions

Relevant experience or projects

Relevant work experiences

In addition: To prevent delays in processing, please e-mail transcripts and resumes to Summer_Interns@nsa.gov and Summer_SIPIA@nsa.gov when you apply. Please list all schools attended/attending, current GPA and estimated completion dates on your resume.

Transcripts

Transcripts may be issued directly by the Registrar, or issued to you by the Registrar, then sent with your application materials. Only originals via post, photocopies of originals via post, scanned copies of originals via email (PDF format only) will be accepted. If your Registrar is capable of directly sending electronic transcripts, please have them sent directly to you and then email the transcript as an attachment. Please do not send html transcripts accessible via a website or text versions thereof.

Note: You may be required to submit an official transcript and a course listing. Please email all required documentation to Summer_SIPIA@nsa.gov. and Summer_Interns@nsa.gov.

**Applications are not complete without the requested documentation. If you have applied to multiple positions, you MUST follow the instruction on each posting and send your requested documents to each program separately. Documents (including transcripts) will NOT be shared between programs.

Questions

If you have questions about the Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance, please contact us at 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also email Summer_Interns@nsa.gov or call (410) 854-4726.





In the Graduate Mathematics Program (GMP), you'll collaborate with top mathematicians and statisticians in the country, solving problems critical to the success of our missions. You'll have the opportunity to learn and develop cryptomathematical theory and to apply the theory to operational problems.  

GMP participants work together on problems involving mathematics, statistical, data analysis, cryptology and communications technology. Students document their work in technical papers which are internally published at the agency. State-of-the-art computing resources are available.

About the Program

The GMP is a highly competitive program for exceptional graduate mathematics and statistics students. It is a 12-week paid work assignment that runs from the end of May through the middle of August. This program provides students with the opportunity to work directly with NSA mathematicians and statisticians on mission-critical problems and experience the excitement of the NSA mathematics community first-hand.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted August 1st - October 15th each year.

Salary

Students are paid a salary commensurate with their education level.

Benefits

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.

Daily transportation to and from work is not provided. Students participating in the program are highly encouraged to bring a vehicle. Carpooling with other students MAY be available but is NOT guaranteed.

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.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a mathematics or statistics graduate program where he or she has demonstrated superior mathematical or statistical aptitude and problem-solving skills. Evidence of successful work on an independent project in pure or applied mathematics, statistics or computer science is desirable. Applicants may be at any stage in their graduate careers and working or intending to work in any area of mathematics or statistics. Computer programming experience is desirable. Other majors with either a minor in math or strong math curriculum may apply.

Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between November and March.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online on or before October 15th. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered.

To submit a resume during open season, visit the National Security Agency Careers page . Under "Basic Job Search," type in keywords "Graduate Mathematics Program" and click on "Search." Select "Graduate Mathematics Program" and click "Apply Now." Follow the directions as prompted.

To be considered, you must submit a complete application package that includes:

A resume

At least two letters of recommendation from faculty members who can speak directly to your mathematics or statistics background

Transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended through current academic year, to include transferred credits

Transcripts

Transcripts may be issued directly by the registrar, or issued to you by the registrar, then sent with your application materials. Only originals via post, photocopies of originals via post, scanned copies of originals via email (PDF format only), or fax copies of originals will be accepted. Should you choose to fax your transcripts, please make clean photocopies first, then fax the photocopies, as the security features can render faxes of actual transcripts unreadable. If your registrar is capable of directly sending electronic transcripts, please have them sent directly to you, and then email the transcript as an attachment. Please do not send html transcripts accessible via a website or text versions thereof.

IMPORTANT: When applying online, you may submit only your resume. Please see job posting between August 1st and October 15th for the email and postal addresses to send transcripts and letters of recommendation. Applications are not complete without the requested documentation.

**Applications are not complete without the requested documentation. If you have applied to multiple positions, you MUST follow the instruction on each posting and send your requested documents to each program separately. Documents (including transcripts) will NOT be shared between programs.

Questions

If you have questions about the Graduate Mathematics Program, please contact us at 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also email Summer_Interns@nsa.gov or call (410) 854-4726.