Fort Meade, MD
Director’s Summer Program (DSP)/Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis Summer Program (CASA SP)
Fort Meade, MD
Opening:1128495 (Posted: 2019-05-01 – Closing: 2019-10-15)
Applicants applying to this job opening will be considered for the Director’s Summer Program and the Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis Summer Program.
Director’s Summer Program (DSP)
The DSP is the National Security Agency’s (NSA’s) premier outreach effort to the nation’s most outstanding undergraduate mathematics majors. Each summer, we invite about two dozen exceptional students to collaborate with each other and with NSA Mathematicians on problems critical to the intelligence gathering and information assurance missions of the agency. The students participating in this program work on a wide range of problems involving applications of abstract algebra, geometry, number theory, analysis, probability, statistics, combinatorics, graph theory, algorithms, computer science. Throughout the summer, students develop mathematical theory, apply what they learn to obtain real-time solutions, and experience the success built on hard work and innovation. State-of-the-art computing resources are available to all students, as well as a variety of computational algebra and statistics packages.
The DSP is seeking students who have distinguished themselves in undergraduate research or national mathematics competitions. Admission to this program is highly competitive. Applicants should have demonstrated superior mathematical aptitude. One full year of upper level mathematics (abstract algebra or analysis) is strongly recommended. Some computer programming experience is desirable. The program runs for 12 weeks, from the end of May to the middle of August.
Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis Summer Program (CASA SP)
The CASASP gives undergraduate mathematicians and computer scientists a chance to contribute to mission-essential technical operations at the National Security Agency (NSA). The CASA mission is to transform collected data into a format analysts can readily consume for intelligence purposes by analyzing signals and protocols, and overcoming security measures. Each summer we invite twelve students to learn, use, and further NSA’s tradecraft as they work on operational problems of national importance.
CASASP begins with classified briefings on modern cryptography and operational projects which will form the basis for research throughout the summer. Problems involve applications of math, statistics, computer science, reverse engineering, and software development. We work with data from many sources, analyze a wide range of technologies, and provide access to cutting-edge computing resources. Results are integrated into production systems to provide new capabilities to our organization.
The CASASP runs from the end of May through the middle of August and is open to students majoring in mathematics, computer science, or a related field. Applicants should have at least one year of mathematics beyond calculus. Some programming experience is expected (C, C++, Java, or Python). If you possess imagination, initiative and intellectual curiosity, apply for the CASASP.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
– Students are paid a 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 Ft. Meade, MD, 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.
– 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 is NOT guaranteed.
– Subsidized housing accommodations are available upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from NSA main HQs campus.
The Director’s Summer Program (DSP) and the Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis Summer Program (CASASP) are paid 12-week programs that run from the end of May through mid-August each year. The DSP is looking for students who have distinguished themselves in undergraduate research or national mathematics competitions. At the beginning of the summer, students are presented with introductory lectures on modern cryptography and a set of problems that NSA mathematicians are actively investigating. Each student chooses one of these problems as the focus of their research. The CASASP gives undergraduate mathematicians and computer scientists a chance to contribute to mission-essential technical operations at the National Security Agency (NSA). The CASA mission is to transform collected data into a format analysts can readily consume for intelligence purposes by analyzing signals and protocols, and overcoming security measures. Each summer we invite students to learn, use, and further NSA’s tradecraft as they work on operational problems of national importance.
Mandatory Qualification Reqs
Qualifications for both the DSP and CASA SP are:
– Must be a U.S. citizen.
– Must be an undergraduate student, preferably majoring in mathematics or computer science. Other majors with a strong background in math or computer science may apply. Students who are completing their degree after the fall or spring semester are also eligible to apply.
– Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance.
– Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between the months of October 2019 and April 2020.
How To Apply – External
Applications must be submitted online. The application period is May 1, 2019 – September 30, 2019. Late applications will continue to be accepted through October 15, 2019. Admissions are on a rolling basis and applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible to allow sufficient time for security processing and review of their application. Letters of recommendation and transcripts being mailed MUST be postmarked by 15 October. Applications received after the October 15th deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered. Please note that you will receive a confirmation email once your online application has successfully been submitted.
To be considered, you must submit a complete application package that includes:
– A resume.
– Two letters of recommendation (LORs) from faculty members who can speak directly to your mathematics/technical background (Professors may email LORs directly to MathSummer@nsa.gov or mail to the address below).
– Transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended through the current academic year, to include transferred credit.
To apply for this position, please click the ‘Apply’ button located at the top right of this posting. After completing the application for the first time, or reviewing previously entered information, and clicking the ‘Submit’ button, you will receive a confirmation email. Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from email@example.com.
Transcripts can be unofficial or official and can be attached to the application or sent via email, mail, or fax. If sent via email please have your College or University send to MathSummer@nsa.gov. Alternatively, you can email a scanned PDF copy as an attachment in your application materials. If sent by mail, transcripts must be postmarked no later than October 15th, 2019. If you are faxing transcripts, please make clean photocopies and then fax the photocopies as some of the security features can render faxes of official transcripts unreadable.
IMPORTANT: It is also requested that you submit a soft copy of your current resume/CV via email to MathSummer@nsa.gov. Please email the requested documentation to MathSummer@nsa.gov, via fax at (443) 634-4390 or by mail at the following address:
National Security Agency
9800 Savage Road, Suite 6844
Fort Meade, MD 20755-6844
Attn: R1, DSP/CASA SP
Applications are not complete without the requested documentation.
If you have questions about the Director’s Summer Program or Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis Summer Program, please contact us at the address above or call 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also e-mail Summer_Interns@nsa.gov 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.
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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