Sep 25, 2023

NSA Summer Internship - STEM (MD)

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA
Education Information Technology

Job Description

The United States has experienced profound changes that impact the way the NSA conducts its mission. NSA's Computer Scientists face technical challenges well beyond the wildest imaginations of most people. NSA's mission requires persistent engagement to anticipate and understand complex threats in real-time, on a global scale. From Counter-Terrorism to Combat Support to Cybersecurity, NSA's Computer Science community creates novel, cutting-edge solutions that advance science and underpin every aspect of our foreign intelligence and cybersecurity mission. The explosion of internet communications has created a need for the Cybersecurity mission as well. The NSA Cybersecurity mission is to prevent and eradicate threats to National Security Systems 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. With the ever-accelerating technological advances and growing system complexity, NSA also needs Engineers to integrate systems, reduce the cost to operate and maintain systems & to design, develop, construct and test electronic hardware and software processing components. These components are typically subsystems of communication, collection, processing or analysis systems. In addition to the above, we also invite exceptional students to put their skills to the test solving problems in mathematics, cryptology, communications technology, statistics, and data science in support of the national security mission. This program 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. These problems involve applications of abstract algebra, geometry, number theory, analysis, probability, statistics, combinatorics, graph theory and algorithms. State of the art computing resources are available, as well as computational software packages, such as Python, R, Sage, Magma, MATLAB and MAPLE, in addition to a variety of statistics packages. Please apply through this vacancy if you are interested in any of the following internships: - Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-Cyber Ops) Summer Intern Program - Computer Science Intern Program (CSIP) - Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis Summer Program (CASA) - Cyber Summer Program (CSP) - Cybersecurity Directorate Summer Intern Program (CSDIP) - Director's Summer Program (DSP) - Graduate Math Program (GMP) - Installations & Logistics (I&L) / Data Center Facilities Management (DCFM) Intern Program - Research Experience Student Program (RESP) - Science of Security (SoS) Intern Program - Security & Counterintelligence Summer Intern Program (SCSIP) - Signal Intelligence Collection Program (SICP) - Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance & Engineering (SIPIA) - Summer Intern Program for Science & Technology (SIPST) - Summer Program for Operations Research Technology (SPORT) ***PLEASE NOTE: You can find descriptions for each program listed above at the following link:

Join students from across the country and lend your knowledge to national security in one of NSA's over 30 summer internship programs. These 12 week paid programs run from mid-May to mid-August and are open to undergraduate freshman up to Ph.D. students depending on internship requirements. These internships are open to a wide variety of majors and give students the opportunity to work directly with mission-critical problems and experience the excitement of working directly in NSA spaces.

To be accepted into the NSA Summer Internship - STEM, candidates must: - Be a U.S. citizen; - Be eligible to be granted a TS/SCI/TK security clearance after successfully completing a background investigation that includes passing a Full-Scope Polygraph and a Psychological Evaluation; - Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for all college work completed; - Be a currently enrolled college student (undergraduate, graduate or doctorate program) at time of application; - Be available and in the U.S. for operational and technical interviews and other applicable processing, both in-person and via telephone/internet, between the months of November 2023 and March 2024; - Be pursuing a major in: - Computer Science or related field, such as: - Computer Engineering - Mathematics - Data Science - Physics - Information Systems - Cybersecurity - Artificial Intelligence - Engineering or closely related field, such as: - Industrial Engineer - Systems Engineer - Computer Network Engineer - Computer Engineer - Electrical Engineer - Civil Engineer - Mechanical Engineer - Software Engineer - Mathematics or closely related field, such as: - Data Science - Statistics ***PLEASE NOTE: Other majors may be considered, however the majors listed above are preferred and highly recommended. ***Please Note: You may be required to complete an Unproctored Internet Testing (UIT) requirement measuring cognitive ability, motivation, and English proficiency.

- Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level. - Receive annual leave, sick leave and paid federal holidays. - Participation in agency-wide extracurricular programs. - Students who attend school in excess of 75 miles from their duty location 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. Travel reimbursement will not be provided to our location in Hawaii. - 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 for Summer Interns stationed at Fort Meade, MD upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from Fort Meade, MD.

To apply for this position, please click the `Apply' button located at the top right of this posting. After completing the application for the first time, or reviewing previously entered information, and clicking the `Submit button, you will receive a confirmation email. Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from ***PLEASE NOTE: To be considered for our Summer Internships, your application package is not considered complete until the following items have been emailed to in addition to your online application: - Official transcript (unofficial will be accepted if legible) - At least two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty members or supervisors who can speak directly to your educational background - PDF copy of your current resume - Cover Letter (Optional) listing your interest in NSAs Summer Internships ***IMPORTANT: This is a skills-based ad, not an ad for a specific internship. This means that you could be contacted and/or considered for more than one specific internship. ***PLEASE NOTE: Applications are accepted 1 September - 15 October, however, selections for this program are made on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as practical to allow sufficient time for review and security clearance processing. CONTACT INFORMATION: If you have any questions about NSA Summer Internships, please contact us at or call us at 410-854-4726. Please note that you may be asked a series of questions depending on the position you apply for. Your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application and will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Be sure to elaborate on experiences in your resume. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing. U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph. Reasonable accommodations may be provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. Please visit our Diversity link for more information. The NSA is committed to cultural diversity in its workplace. This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

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The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.