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National Security Agency (NSA) Summer Internship - Computer Science


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.

A world-class Computer Science cadre at NSA is vital to the security of the nation. The standards of reliability, repeatability, scale, speed and compliance that NSA hardware and software products must meet are daunting. The mission problems, questions, and threats fuel our constant drive for more robust solutions and the use of revolutionary technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning algorithms, high performance computing, big data analysis, anticipatory algorithms, predictive analytics, complex data modeling, advanced computing and network architectures, distributed systems and sensor networks, advanced systems and IT networks, and those we create along the way.

Computer Science internships at NSA run the entire spectrum of the field. Opportunities are available in systems software, mission applications software development, business applications and systems, advanced data management systems and analysis, development of advanced analytics environments, computing research, cybersecurity and encryption.

If you are familiar with NSA's individual internal programs, please apply to this advertisement if you are interested in the following internships:
- Summer Program for Operations Research Technology (SPORT)
- Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-Cyber Ops) Summer Intern Program
- Cyber Summer Program (CSP)
- Cybersecurity Directorate Summer Intern Program (CSDIP)
- Hawaii CAE Cyber Operations Summer Internship
- Installations & Logistics (I&L) / Data Center Facilities Management (DCFM) Intern Program
- Summer Intern Program for Science & Technology (SIP/ST)
- Computer Science Intern Program (CSIP)
- Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance & Engineering (SIP/IA)
- Signal Intelligence Collection Program (SICP)
- Graduate Math Program (GMP)
- Director's Summer Program (DSP) / Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis Summer Program (CASASP)
- Science of Security (SoS) Intern Program
- Security & Counterintelligence Summer Intern Program
- NSA Colorado Summer Intern Program
- NSA Texas Summer Intern Program
- NSA Hawaii Technical Summer Intern Program
- NSA Georgia Summer Intern Program

While the majority of positions available are at Ft. Meade, MD, we have available positions at our other U.S. sites: Hawaii, Colorado, Texas & Georgia. Please indicate in your online application if you are interested in any of these field sites.

Job Summary

NSA is in search of Computer Science professionals to solve complex problems, test innovative approaches and research new solutions to storing, manipulating, and presenting information. We are looking for you to apply your computer science expertise to projects that seek to create new standards for the transformation of information. If you want to develop technologies and tools and be a part of cutting edge innovations; join our team of experts! Help protect national security interests as part of the world's most advanced team of computer science professionals!


To be accepted into the NSA Summer Internship - Computer Science, 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. Those entering their final year of a degree program cannot be considered unless they are immediately entering graduate school in the Fall of 2022;
- 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 2021 and March 2022;
- Be pursuing a major in Computer Science or field related to, such as: Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Data Science, Physics, Information Systems, Cybersecurity, etc.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

- 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 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. 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 upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from NSA's main HQs campus. Housing accommodations are NOT provided for any of our field sites.

How to apply

***IMPORTANT: If you are interested in a specific internal program listed above, please indicate the name of the program(s) within the `Other Professional Details' or `Cover Letter' section of your profile.

***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

CONTACT INFORMATION: If you have any questions about NSA Summer Internships, please contact us at or call us at 410-854-4726.

DCIPS Disclaimer

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.