Colorado College Summer Internship Program

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Denver, CO

Colorado College Summer Internship Program
Denver, CO

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

Join our highly energetic, highly mobile and incredibly challenging team environment focused on the real-time protection of our troops in harm’s way while also providing high level policy makers with critical information for National-level decisions!

There are two positions offered for the NSA-Colorado Summer Internship:

Software Engineer Internship Positions ‘
– Analyze user/customer requirements related to software and/or software system design
-Build software prototypes
-Design, develop and debug software applications
-Troubleshoot and debug computer code


Target Analyst Internship Positions ‘
-Conduct analysis of metadata
-Conduct target analysis
-Conduct target research
About the Program

The Colorado Summer Internship Program is a 12-week internship for high-potential, full-time college students. This program offers students an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience while building knowledge and skills in fundamental aspects of the NSA mission. Internship positions are offered in multiple mission areas requiring a range of competencies to include but not limited to computer science, programming, and engineering.

Interns will be hired on a Temporary Appointment for a term no more than 12 weeks following the beginning of the internship. Interns must reapply yearly to participate in subsequent summers.
Not only is the mission incredibly rewarding, we consider ourselves an entrepreneur’s dream! You bring the talent and expertise and we will provide the challenge and opportunities! Opportunities to be part of real mission solutions and opportunities to lead those projects and brief leadership. Take charge of your professional development and experience a “once-in-a-lifetime” internship!

Application Deadline:
Applications are accepted August 1st – October 15th.

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
– Students who attend schools in excess of 75 miles from Denver, CO, are eligible for a round trip airfare ticket to and from school or mileage reimbursement up to the cost of a government-issued airline ticket.

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
– A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred
– Must be a college freshman, sophomore, or junior
– Prior military experience beneficial, but not required
– Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between the months of December 2019 and March 2020.
– Majors in Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Cyber, Political Science, Criminal Justice, English, History or related fields preferred.

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.

How To Apply – External
Applications must be submitted on or before 15 October. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered.
To be considered for this Colorado Summer Internship Program, applicants must submit a complete application package that includes:
– Official transcript (unofficial is acceptable if legible)
– A resume

To submit the online application, you must use our resume builder application tool.

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: Please email all required documentation (transcripts, resume) 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 Colorado Summer Intern Program, please contact us at the email address above or call 1-844-ICHIRES. 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 must submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package.

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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