Intelligence Analysis Summer Program

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Fort Meade, MD

Intelligence Analysis Summer Program
Fort Meade, MD

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

2020 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 (IA) 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:
– Knowledge of the fundamental concepts of modern digital communications and network analysis.
– Skills in advanced analytic tools and techniques
– Knowledge of the structure and processes of the IC through immersion in Signals Intelligence topics, projects and meetings.
– Skills in conducting independent and original research, document results, and communicate findings to help satisfy customer requirements.
– Skills in systematically applying logic, creativity and judgement to the evaluation and use of intelligence.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Application Deadline
Applications for the 2020 program are accepted 1 August – 15 October 2019.

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.
– 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.

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.

Qualification Criteria
– 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 August 2019 and March 2020.
– 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
– Cybersecurity
– Telecommunications
– Geography
– 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 2020 in order to process. Students studying abroad during the spring 2020 semester cannot be processed.

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 online at on or before 15 October 2019. Applications received after the deadline and incomplete packets will not be considered.

To be considered for the Intelligence Analysis Summer Program, submit a complete application package that includes (all documents in one email) to
– Current Resume
– Official transcript (unofficial is acceptable if legible)
– List of current fall semester courses and proposed spring course schedule

– An online application at is also required.
– A copy of your Resume, Transcript, and current and proposed course work must be emailed to by the application deadline.

If you have questions about the IA Program, please email 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.

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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