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NSA Student Programs

Internships

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!

 

Summer Internship ads are now open through October 31st! Apply Now

COMPUTER SCIENCE, COMPUTER/ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING & INFORMATION SYSTEMS

CAE-Cyber Operations Summer Intern Program

Education: College Sophomores, Juniors; Graduate Students
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Cybersecurity

This internship is NSA’s premier outreach program for students enrolled in the Cyber Operations specialization at NSA-designated universities. You will gain knowledge of specific cyber-related topics and apply that knowledge to address various real-world mission-related technical challenges. You will work on a broad range of problems involving applications of computer science and engineering.

Colorado College Summer Internship Program

Education: College Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Graduate Students
Academic Field: Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Cybersecurity, Political Science, Criminal Justice, English, History

Students will gain hands-on work experience while building knowledge and skills in fundamental aspects of the NSA mission. Internship positions are offered in software engineering and target analysis.

Computer Science Intern Program (CSIP)

Education: College Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Graduate and Ph.D. Students
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Cybersecurity

As a CSIP intern, you will apply your computer science skills to NSA hardware and software systems. Interns are assigned to projects that contribute to NSA’s mission and culminate in a short presentation and technical paper.

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Cyber Summer Program (CSP)

Education: College Juniors, Graduate and Ph.D. Students
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Cybersecurity, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Engineering (other)

The Cyber Summer Program (CSP) is NSA’s premier program for the best undergraduate and graduate computer science, engineering, mathematics, network security and information assurance students in the country. You will work on a broad range of problems of your own choosing, involving applications of computer science and engineering. You will learn and develop data analysis, network analysis and exploitation techniques and apply that knowledge to obtain real-time solutions for mission-critical cyber-related problems.

Hawaii Summer Technical Intern Program

Education: College Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Graduate Students
Academic Field: Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics

Students will gain hands-on work experience while building knowledge and skills in fundamental aspects of the NSA mission. Internship positions are offered multiple mission areas requiring a range of competencies including computer science, programming, engineering and analysis.

NSA Georgia Summer Internship Program

Education: College Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Graduate Students; Students pursuing an advanced degree in the term immediately following the internship
Academic Field: Computer Science

Students will gain hands-on work experience while building knowledge and skills in fundamental aspects of the NSA mission. Internship positions are offered in science and technology, applied mathematics, computer/systems engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, computer science, computer forensics, cyber intelligence and security, information assurance, information technology and information security.

Signals Intelligence Collection Program (SICP)

Education: College Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors; Graduate students
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Telecommunications, Social Sciences, Liberal Arts

Computer competence is required, but students who are majoring in social sciences are also welcome to apply for this internship, where they will apply computer, technical, analytic, communication, problem solving and/or critical thinking skills to NSA’s signals intelligence (SIGINT) mission. You will devise strategies, find solutions to complex challenges, design and write computer programs; test hardware and software; build and secure websites; analyze and display data; discern the best methods of collection; develop accesses; analyze and conclude results, and/or develop processing techniques that satisfy foreign intelligence requirements.

Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance (SIP IA)

Education: College Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors; Graduate and Ph.D. Students
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Engineering (other), Cybersecurity, Mathematics

Interns will be involved in projects that enable the cyber mission force through current analysis, expertise, training and tools. You will be involved in information assurance (IA) projects, including protecting and defending the nation’s information systems networks, and outmaneuvering cyber adversaries.

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Summer Intern Program for Science and Technology (SIP ST)

Education: College Sophomores and Juniors
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Engineering (other)

This program is open to college juniors who are concentrating their studies in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, network engineering, software engineering or telecommunications. You will work with leading computer scientists and engineers on the nation’s toughest cyber problems while enhancing your skills in assignments related to your major. You will work closely with a project mentor on a specific, mission-focused problem while learning in an exciting, high-tech environment.

Summer Program for Operations Research Technology (SPORT)

Education: Graduate and Ph.D. Students
Academic Field: Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Cybersecurity, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Engineering (other)

Interns will work side-by-side with analysts in NSA’s Enterprise Operations Research Division to apply state-of-the-art scientific and quantitative methods, which employ applied mathematics and data science techniques, to develop innovative solutions to current agency, operational “hard” problems and unconventional problems exclusive to the Intelligence Community.

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Texas Summer Intern Program

Education: College Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Graduate Students
Academic Field: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Engineering, Mathematics, International Relations/Studies, Data Science

Students will gain hands-on work experience while building knowledge and skills in fundamental aspects of the NSA mission. Internship positions are offered multiple mission areas requiring a range of competencies to include but not limited to computer science, computer programming, networking and engineering, math, cybersecurity, telecommunications, geography, international affairs/politics/relations, intelligence/security studies and others.

 

MECHANICAL/CIVIL ENGINEERING & ARCHITECTURE

Installation & Logistics (I&L) Summer Intern Program/Data Center Management Intern Program

Education: College Sophomores and Juniors
Academic Field: Logistics, Business, Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Engineering (other), Architecture, Interior Design

Installation & Logistics (I&L) Summer Intern Program

This program is intended for students interested in project management and electrical, power, mechanical or civil engineering fields, and supply chain and business management operations. You will be directly involved with selected NSA facilities’ construction/renovation projects from planning and design through construction, commissioning, activation and occupancy. Working with mentors, you will also be involved in ensuring that projects run according to schedule, are cost effective and meet customer objectives. The internship will culminate in a final presentation to NSA senior leadership.

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MATHEMATICS

Director’s Summer Program (DSP)/Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis Summer Program (CASA SP)

Education: College Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors
Academic Field: Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Cybersecurity, Natural Sciences

Director’s Summer Program (DSP)

Application Period: May 1 – October 31

In this highly competitive program, undergraduate students will solve problems in mathematics, cryptology and communications technology in support of national security. These problems often involve applications of abstract algebra, geometry, number theory, analysis, probability, statistics, combinatorics, graph theory, algorithms and computer science. State-of-the-art computing resources are available to all students, who will be mentored by agency experts, collaborate to solve challenging problems, and present their work in both technical talks and papers, to be published internally at NSA.

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Graduate Mathematics Program (GMP)

Education: Graduate and Ph.D. Students
Academic Field: Mathematics

Application Period: May 1 – October 31

Mathematics and statistics graduate students will work directly with NSA mathematicians and statisticians on mission-critical problems involving math, statistics, data analysis, cryptology and communications technology. You will document your work in technical papers, which will be published internally at NSA. Students will have access to state-of-the-art computing resources and computational software packages such as Mathematica, MATLAB, Magma, MAPLE and S-PLUS.

Science of Security Summer Intern Program (SOS)

Education: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Graduate Students
Academic Field: Computer Sciences, Cybersecurity, Information Technology, Mathematics, Psychology

Application Period: May 1 – October 31

The National Security Agency (NSA) Science of Security (SoS) & Privacy Lablets Summer Internship Program is for undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at U.S. universities and colleges. The program provides an opportunity for exceptional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students to work directly with NSA SoS Champions on mission-critical hard problems and experience the excitement of the NSA research community first-hand.

 

POLITICAL SCIENCE, INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS & CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Intelligence Analysis Summer Internship Program

Education: College Juniors, Graduate Students
Academic Field: International Affairs, Political Science, Regional Studies, Information/Data Science

This program offers training in a multifaceted cryptologic discipline. You will apply logic, analysis, creativity, judgment and systematic approaches to gather, evaluate and use information/intelligence alongside experienced intelligence analysts who will supervise and mentor you. You will use advanced analytic tools and techniques and conduct research. Projects are in direct support of NSA’s effort to provide a complete Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) picture to U.S. policymakers, military commanders, and other members of the Intelligence Community.

Security & Counterintelligence Summer Intern Program (SCSIP)

Education: College Sophomores, Juniors; Graduate students
Academic Field: Criminal Justice, International Relations, Political Science, Computer Forensics, Cybersecurity

Interns will actively participate in or support ongoing security and counterintelligence (S&CI) mission activities in areas such as personnel security investigations, security clearance adjudications, physical security and access control, antiterrorism/force protection, and/or counterintelligence programs. You will work directly under the guidance of veteran security professionals responsible for protecting NSA personnel, facilities and operations worldwide and, in the process, gain an understanding of how the S&CI Directorate supports and interacts with the larger NSA/CSS enterprise and counterpart organizations across the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense.

Summer Language Program

Education: College Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors; Graduate and Ph.D. students
Academic Field: Foreign Language

Application Period: May 15 – October 31

Interns will learn to analyze foreign communications for vital intelligence missions by apprenticing with experienced language analysts. Geopolitical, cultural and technical knowledge may be used to understand both overtly stated meaning and subtly implied intent as you scan, translate and transcribe foreign communications, then report critical information to U.S. government customers. Foreign language proficiency combined with a wide array of majors will be considered. The 2020 Summer Language Program is hiring college students with proficiency in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, and Russian languages.

 

OTHER FIELDS

Business Management & Acquisition Summer Intern Program

Education: College Juniors
Academic Field: Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Economics, Business

NSA is a highly technical organization where integrated and timely mission and data-driven business decisions are made and implemented across the globe. NSA’s Business Management & Acquisition organization builds and defends a budget driven by agency priorities; effectively executes that budget to acquire and deliver capabilities; and continually uses performance data to inform processes and investment decisions.

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

Education: College Juniors, Graduate Students
Academic Field: International Affairs, Intelligence Studies, Regional Studies, Economics, Psychology, Data Science

Interns will 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 and Privacy Office, you will see first-hand how fundamental privacy principles influence decision making at NSA on a daily basis. You will work under the guidance of professionals responsible for identifying and documenting civil liberties and privacy activities, and more.

Well-Being Services Summer Intern Program

Education: College Sophomores and Juniors, Graduate and Ph.D. Students

This internship is open to select college undergraduate or master’s level students who are majoring in the field of health promotion and wellness, health education or related fields. You will gain practical health promotion experience within NSA’s Office of Occupational Health, Environmental and Safety Services (OHESS).

Human Resources (HR) Intern Program

Education: College Juniors, Graduate Students
Academic Field: Human Resources

Undergraduates majoring in Human Resources (HR) or an alternative major with a minor or concentration in HR may apply for this program. You will gain practical experience working in one of these specialty areas: total compensation, HR strategies, recruitment and staffing, benefits and employee services, HR information systems or global HR service delivery.

Industrial and Organizational Psychology Intern Program

Education: Graduate and Ph.D. students
Academic Field: Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Social Sciences

As an intern working in the HR Strategy and Program Design unit at NSA, you will learn how to apply scientific and quantitative methods to address a wide range of human capital issues. Graduate students enrolled in a program in I/O psychology or a related field will 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.

The Office of the Inspector General Summer Intern Program

Education: College Sophomores, Juniors; Graduate students
Academic Field: Accounting, Information Technology

Interns will receive training and experience in auditing multiple disciplines (e.g., program performance, cybersecurity and financial statements) as part of an audit team. The program gives rising college seniors or graduate level students 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 U.S. taxpayers.

Office of Reasonable Accommodations and Accessibility Intern Program (ORAA)

Education: College Juniors, Graduate Students
Academic Field: Counseling (Other), Sign Language Interpretation

NSA’s Office of Reasonable Accommodations and Accessibility has several internships open to select master’s level counseling students and select master’s and bachelor-level sign language interpreting students who will work alongside NSA’s experienced reasonable accommodation and sign language interpreters.   

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Summer Strategic Communications Intern Program (SSCIP)

Education: College Sophomores, Juniors; Graduate students
Academic Field: Communications, Applied Arts, Museum Studies

This program is designed for students enrolled in one or more of the following areas of study: writing, editing, journalism, public relations, marketing or advertising; visual arts, television production, motion picture production, or 3-D animation; graphics or photography. You will support the Strategic Communications organization’s role to provide accurate and timely information on NSA’s missions and accomplishments to a variety of audiences using state-of-the-art messaging products in one of the following areas: corporate communications, messaging and public affairs; multimedia production or creative imaging.

Fellowships

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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Co-op

NSA’s Co-op Program accepts applications twice a year. Ads will open February 1st – March 31st and September 1 – October 31. Apply Now

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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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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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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