COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM
* Applications and resumes for the Cooperative Education Program are now being accepted online. Deadline to apply is 31 October 2018.
Cooperative Education students gain valuable experience while playing a meaningful role in the development of our nation's secure communications or in the production of foreign intelligence. Programs are available for students majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Cyber Security. Right from the start, you will be involved in real life projects and will have full use of NSA labs, equipment, and advanced technologies. These areas will offer you increasing challenges and satisfying learning experiences, since our mission demands that we work on the cutting edge of technology.
Computer Science majors 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.
Students in the Computer or Electrical Engineering fields will be involved in the design, development, testing, and evaluation of electronic communications systems. These multi-disciplinary assignments will reach to such rapidly advancing areas as optics, lasers, acoustics, and microprocessors.
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.
As a participant in NSA's Co-op Program, you will earn a competitive salary and enjoy many benefits. You will operate under a rotational program, alternating semesters of full-time work at NSAW (Baltimore/Washington area) with full-time study from entry into the program until graduation. New Co-Ops will begin work in either January or August only. We require a minimum of 52 weeks of Co-op work experience prior to graduation. During your 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. Qualifications include a major in Computer Science or Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering or Cyber Security in a four-year program. Community college students majoring in one of the above listed majors with the intent to pursue a four-year program are also eligible to apply. A 3.0 GPA is preferred. For Engineering, the college or university must be ABET accredited.
Only applicants that meet the following qualifications will be considered:
- You must be a U.S. citizen.
- You must be eligible to be granted a security clearance.
- You must be a second semester college freshman or a college sophomore
- Preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- You must be majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Cyber Security
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salaries are determined by the percentage of credits completed toward a degree. Each 20% 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 $33,487- $45,972 annually. The salaries aforementioned include a locality based comparability payment.
How To Apply - External
To apply for this position, please click the 'Apply Now' button located at the top or bottom of this page.
A resume must be built with your application in order to be eligible for employment with the Cooperative Education Program. Please include all college level education in your build-a-resume.
Unofficial transcripts will be required for the purpose of verifying GPA and major. Unofficial transcripts may be sent to COOP_Office@nsa.gov. If your Registrar is capable of directly sending electronic transcripts, please have them sent directly to you and then email the transcripts to COOP_Office@nsa.gov as an attachment. Please do not send HTML transcripts accessible via a website or text versions thereof. Official transcripts will be required prior to an official employment offer. Submit your official transcripts to:
National Security Agency
Office of Recruitment and Staffing
9800 Savage Road, Suite 6779
Ft. George Meade, MD 20755-6779
Attn: Cooperative Education Program, A334
All positions in the National Security Agency are in the excepted service.
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.
* Incomplete applications are not considered.
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.
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.