Civil Liberties, Privacy and Transparency (CLPT) Summer Intern Program

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Fort Meade, MD

Civil Liberties, Privacy and Transparency (CLPT) Summer Intern Program
Fort Meade, MD

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

Are you looking for a unique opportunity to learn about The National Security Agency (NSA) mission while also directly contributing to NSA’s civil liberties and privacy efforts? Would you like to join a team that promotes meaningful government transparency while helping NSA achieve the right balance between privacy and national security? During your tour in NSA’s Civil Liberties, Privacy and Transparency (CLPT) Office you will see firsthand how fundamental privacy principles influence decision making at NSA on a daily basis. The NSA CLPT Summer Intern Program offers exposure to a variety of cryptologic disciplines and civil liberties and privacy processes. The intensive 12-week program runs from mid-May through mid-August for select undergraduate and master’s degree students entering the final year of an undergraduate or graduate degree program. This program permits summer interns to actively participate in or support on-going CLPT activities under the guidance of NSA professionals responsible for the following activities:

– Identifying and documenting existing Agency Civil Liberties and Privacy (CLP) activities.
– Identifying and making recommendations regarding improvements to existing gaps in CLP protections.
– Identifying topics for and providing input to external reports on activities.
– Creating written and briefing material suitable for both internal executive-level as well as public audiences.
– Establishing or coordinating mechanisms to ensure NSA complies with appropriate Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) regulations and standards to ensure that protection of civil liberties and privacy is incorporated into NSA policies and procedures.
– Managing or preparing, as appropriate, mandatory and adhoc internal and external reports.

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
– Interns are hired on a temporary appointment and are not eligible for health insurance, life insurance, or Thrift Savings Plan benefits.
– 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 be eligible to be granted a security clearance
– Must be a full-time undergraduate student entering the final year of an undergraduate degree program or a graduate level student
– Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 is desired; 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 December 2019 and March 2020 or earlier.

– Major studies areas of consideration:
— International Affairs/Politics/Relations
— Intelligence/Security Studies
— Regional Studies
— Economics
— Psychology
— Decision/Information/Statistics/Data Science
— Note: Minors/Certificate programs or multiple courses in computer science, networking, technology, information assurance or telecommunications 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 at the following link:

How To Apply – External
Applications must be submitted online on or before October 15th. Applications received after the deadline and incomplete packets will not be considered.

To be considered for the CLPT Summer Intern Program, submit a complete application package that includes:

– Online application submitted through
– Current resume
– Official transcript (unofficial is acceptable if legible)
– List of current fall 2019 semester courses and proposed spring 2020 course schedule
– One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or employer 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, 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: When applying online, you may only submit your resume by completing the online resume builder. Please email all other required documentation to

**Applications are not complete without the 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 Human Resources Summer Intern Program, please 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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