2019 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 meaningful to your career goals, enable you to explore the fascinating 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. This program 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.
One Mission One Team!
From day one, you will be part of a team of experienced intelligence analysts who will supervise and mentor you. After participating in an IA orientation, you will receive extensive training which you will be able to apply under the guidance of your fellow analysts. These projects are in direct support of NSA's effort to provide a complete SIGINT picture to U.S. policymakers, military commanders, and other members of the Intelligence Community.
Specific skills obtained include:
- Gaining sound knowledge of the fundamental concepts of modern digital communications and network analysis.
- Gaining skills in advanced analytic tools and techniques
- Acquiring a working knowledge of the structure and processes of the IC through immersion in Signals Intelligence topics, projects and meetings.
- Graining skills in conducting independent and original research, document results, and communicate findings to help satisfy customer requirements.
- Obtaining skills in systematically applying logic, creativity and judgement to the evaluation and use of intelligence.
- 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 online interview and other applicable processing between June 2018 and March 2019.
- Major studies areas of consideration:
- International Affairs/Politics/Relations
- Intelligence/Security Studies
- Regional Studies
- The following minors and certificate programs are also highly sought:
- Computer Science
- Computer Networking
- 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 2019 in order to process. Students studying abroad during the spring 2019 semester cannot be processed.
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
Applications for the 2019 program are accepted 15 May - 15 October 2018.
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 www.intelligencecareers.gov on or before 15 October 2018. 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 summer_IA@nsa.gov:
- Current Resume
- Official transcript (unofficial is acceptable if legible)
- List of current fall semester courses and proposed spring course schedule
- When applying online, you may only submit your resume to www.intelligencecareers.com.
- A copy of your Resume, Transcript, and current and proposed course work must be emailed to Summer_IA@nsa.gov by the application deadline.
If you have questions about the IA Program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or you may also call (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.
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.