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Intelligence Analysis Summer Program - NSA

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Fort Meade, Maryland
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2018 Intelligence Analysis Summer Internship for Undergraduate and Graduate Students


About The IA Summer Internship

Are you looking for an opportunity that will provide innovative professional work experiences that are significant and meaningful to your career and academic goals, enable you to explore the fascinating and unique world of intelligence, and give you the opportunity to serve your country? Look no further than the National Security Agency (NSA). NSA's Intelligence Analysis (IA) Summer Internship offers the opportunity for training in a multi-faceted cryptologic discipline. The IA Summer Internship offers full-time paid internships for undergraduate and master's degree students each year. It is an intensive 12-week program that gives rising college seniors or graduate level students the opportunity to build knowledge and skills in the intelligence analysis field.

You Are Part Of The Team! One Mission One Team!

You will receive training and be part of the team from day one. You will be assigned a supervisor and mentor to help you quickly learn and acclimate. During your first two weeks on the team, you will participate in the IA Internship orientation to become familiar with various policies, practices, procedures and key players at NSA and the IC.

Your Contribution to the Community/Mission

As an NSA summer intern, you will participate in training and an apprenticeship to senior NSA analysts on vital strategic intelligence targets pertaining to special and ongoing projects. The projects and the accompanying analysis supports NSA's effort to provide a complete SIGINT picture to U.S. policy makers, military commanders, and other Intelligence Community (IC) members and partners.


Specific Skills Obtained Include

  • Gaining sound knowledge of the fundamental concepts of modern digital communications, particularly in the context of mobile communication systems.
  • Implementing network structure analysis or Analyzing network structures.
  • Using advanced analytic tools and techniques.
  • Executing advanced query techniques.
  • Gaining a working knowledge of the structure and processes of the IC by being immersed in signals intelligence/intelligence topics, projects, conferences, and meetings.
  • Conducting independent and original research, and documenting and communicating findings to help satisfy customer requirements.
  • Applying logic, analysis, creativity, judgment and systematic approaches to gather, evaluate and use information/intelligence.


Qualification Criteria
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance.
  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student entering the final year of a degree program or a graduate level student.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 preferred; Strong candidates with a slightly lower GPA will be considered on a case by case basis as space allows.
  • Must be available for the entire 12-week program.
  • Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between May 2017 and March 2018.
  • Major studies areas of consideration:
  • International Affairs/Politics/Relations
  • Intelligence/Security Studies
  • Regional Studies
  • Decision/Information/Data Science
  • Note: Majors/Minors/Certificate programs or multiple courses in computer science, networking, cyber security, physics, technology, telecommunications and geography areas are highly sought
  • Students attending schools designated by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (IC CAE) in National Security Studies and designated as IC Scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. IC CAE schools are listed on our Institutions Page.
  • Must be physically in the United States as of January 2018 in order to process. Students studying abroad during the spring 2018 semester cannot be processed.


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.


Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Application Deadline

Applications for the 2018 program are accepted 15 May - 15 October 2017.



The NSA internship is a PAID internship. Students will earn a competitive salary commensurate with their education level.


Benefits and Housing

Interns Will Receive The Following Benefits
  • Annual leave, sick leave and paid federal holidays.
  • Participation in agency-wide extracurricular programs.
  • Round trip airfare ticket to and from school, or mileage reimbursement up to the cost of a government-issued airline ticket for students who attend schools in excess of 75 miles from Ft. Meade, MD.
  • Subsidized housing accommodations are available upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from NSA main HQs campus.
  • Interns are hired on a temporary appointment, and are not eligible for health insurance, life insurance, or Thrift Savings Plan benefits.


How To Apply - External

Applications must be submitted online at on or before 15 October 2017. Applications received after the deadline and incomplete packets will not be considered.


To Submit a Resume Online During An Open Season
  • Press on the 'Job Search/Apply' Tab at the top of the page.
  • Select 'National Security Agency.'
  • To apply, click the arrow next to the words, 'Ready to Apply?'
  • In the search box, type keywords 'Intelligence Analysis Summer Program.'
  • Click on 'Search' and select 'Intelligence Analysis Summer Program.'
  • Click 'Apply' and follow the directions as prompted.



To be considered for the Intelligence Analysis Summer Program, submit a complete application package that includes (all documents in one email) to [email protected]
  • Current Resume
  • Official transcript (unofficial is acceptable if legible)
  • List of current fall semester courses and proposed spring course schedule


As part of your application process and in an effort to better understand your ability to meet specific Mission needs, you will be asked to complete a set of online tests. The tests require a broadband internet connection (dial-up may affect performance) and can be completed at home or any other private, suitable location, 24 hours a day/7 days a week, and in less than 90 minutes. You will receive an email with testing login information after submitting your application, so please use a current email address when you apply.


  • When applying online, you may only submit your resume to
  • A copy of your Resume, Transcript, and current and proposed course work must be emailed to [email protected] by the application deadline.



If you have questions about the IA Program, please email [email protected] or you may also call 1-866-NSA-HIRE or (410) 854-4726.




U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. 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.


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.


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.


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