Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-Cyber Ops) Summer Intern Program

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Fort Meade, MD

Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-Cyber Ops) Summer Intern Program
Fort Meade, MD

Posted: 2019-08-01 – Closing: 2019-10-15

The Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-Cyber Ops) Summer Program is the National Security Agency’s (NSA) premier outreach program for students enrolled in the Cyber Operations specialization at NSA-designated universities. Selectees will be invited to participate in a 12-week summer program to gain knowledge of specific cyber-related topics and apply educational knowledge to address various real world mission-related technical challenges. Participants in the program will work on a broad range of problems involving applications of computer science and engineering.

The goals of the CAE in Cyber Operations Summer Program are to:

– Introduce our country’s future leaders in cyber-related fields to the Agency’s mission and share the excitement of working on problems of national importance.
– Provide a deep understanding of the vital role that computer science and engineering play in enabling the Agency to tackle a diverse set of technical challenges.
– Encourage undergraduate and graduate computer science and engineering majors to continue cyber- related studies and careers.
– Afford participants the opportunity to provide solutions to current operational problems.

During the summer program, participants are broadly exposed to NSA’s cyber mission through a variety of cyber-related topics and hands-on labs. They work on mission driven problems throughout the summer and will participate in a CAPSTONE activity focused on specific real-world technical problems. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to conduct data analysis and contribute to exploitation techniques and will apply that learning to developing real-time solutions and experiencing the excitement of success built on hard work and innovation. The outstanding work accomplished by the participants will be documented in the CAE-Cyber Ops Summer Program year-end report.

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.
– 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 NOT guaranteed.
– Subsidized housing accommodations are available upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from NSA main HQs campus.

Position Summary
Join students from across the country and lend your knowledge to national security in one of NSA’s over 25 summer internship programs. These 12 week paid programs run from mid-May to mid-August and are open to undergraduate freshman up to Ph.D. students depending on internship requirements. These internships are open to a wide variety of majors and give students the opportunity to work directly with mission-critical problems and experience the excitement of working directly in NSA spaces.

– Must be a U.S. citizen.
– Must have knowledge/experience in networking, Operating Systems, and Programming (preferably C and some Assembly).
– Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance.
– Prefer a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in Cyber Operations specializations programs.
– Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between the months of December 2019 and March 2020.
– Must be a college sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student with at least one semester remaining after the internship.
– Must be majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or a related discipline and completed courses in C programming, assembly programming, networking, and operating systems. Equivalent experience will be considered in lieu.

Selection priority will be given to students from designated CAE-Cyber Ops institutions in pursuit of the Cyber Operations specializations, but students working on Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering programs from other institutions are also welcome to apply. The program is highly competitive and is intended primarily for undergraduate students between their junior and senior year but exceptional freshman and sophomores will also be considered. Graduate students and graduating seniors will be considered as well; however, they must be enrolled in a graduate program for Fall 2020. In addition, students who have scored well in the various annual Cyber-related Competitions are also invited to apply.

How To Apply – External
Applications must be submitted online at on or before October 15th. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered.

To be considered for CAE in Cyber Operations Summer Program, your application must include:

– An online application through
– Official transcripts through the current academic year.
– A resume.
– Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or employers familiar with your work.

Transcripts may be issued directly by the Registrar, or issued to you by the Registrar, then sent with your application materials. Only originals via post, photocopies of originals via post, or scanned copies of originals via email (PDF format only) will be accepted. If your Registrar is capable of directly sending electronic transcripts, please have them sent directly to you and then email the transcripts to as an attachment. Please do not send html transcripts accessible via a website or text versions thereof.

IMPORTANT: Please email all other required documentation (e.g., Transcripts, Letters of Recommendation, etc.) to in addition to submitting an online application.

**Applications are not complete, and offers will not be extended, without all requested documentation. If you have applied to multiple positions, you MUST follow the instructions on each posting and send your requested documents to each program separately. Documents will NOT be shared between programs.

If you have questions about the Cyber Operations Summer Program, please contact us at the email address above or call 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also e-mail or 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.

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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