Research Experience for Students Program (RESP)

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Fort Meade, MD

Research Experience for Students Program (RESP)
Fort Meade, MD

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

The Research Experience for Students (RES) Program is a National Security Agency (NSA) Research Directorate opportunity for highly skilled undergraduates who are sophomores, juniors, or seniors with a background in computer science or electrical/computer engineering, machine learning, data science, and mathematics. Graduate students studying similar subjects will be considered in an as needed basis. Students will be afforded the opportunity to gain hands-on summer research experience in areas spanning the cyber security, SIGINT, and cyber operations facets of NSA’s mission. The RES provides an opportunity for exceptional students to work directly with NSA Researchers on real-world, mission-critical problems while in a state-of-the-art laboratory environment. This is an opportunity to work with recognized intelligence experts taking on the emerging technological challenges of NSA. Successful students, who maintain security clearance eligibility and progress towards their terminal degrees, will be offered the opportunities to continue the experience through successive summers within the Research Directorate.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
– Students are paid a salary commensurate with their education level.
– Receive annual and 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.

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 available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between the months of October 2019 and March 2020
– Applicants should have demonstrated superior computing, networking or telecommunications aptitude and problem-solving skills. Evidence of successful work on an independent research project in networking, computer science, engineering, or related area is desirable.
– Applicants must be pursuing a degree in and intending to work computer science or electrical/computer engineering, machine learning, data science, and/or mathematics.

How To Apply – External
Applications must be submitted online. The application period is August 1, 2019 – 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 or supervisors who can speak directly to your background in computer science or electrical/computer engineering, machine learning, data science, and mathematics (Professors/supervisors may email LORs directly to or mail to the address below).
– Transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended through current academic year, to include transferred credits

To submit the resume, you must use our resume builder and include the following information under the respective section (you are given the option to also upload your resume):

Work Experience
– Past and current employment
– Volunteer work
– Extracurricular activities
– School activities

Education History
– Current college/university, current major, expected degree (Bachelors, Masters, PhD) and graduation date, overall GPA
– Previous degrees, college/university attended, major, graduation date, overall GPA (if applicable)

Job Training
– Enter relevant training courses you have taken or will be taking through the Spring 2019 semester

Licenses and Certifications
– List any relevant licenses and certification (excluding drivers license)

– List any relevant foreign languages (computer languages should be listed under resume supplemental details)

Resume Supplemental Details
– This is the “catch all” block. Anything you want us to know that is not already captured, include here (i.e., computer languages, research experience, published papers, talks at conferences, eagle scout, etc.)


Transcripts can be unofficial or official and can be sent via email, mail, or fax. If sent via email please have your College or University send to 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: When applying online, you must complete the online resume builder and are given the option to also upload your resume. It is also requested that you submit a soft copy of your current resume/CV via email to Please email the requested documentation to or by mail at the following address:

National Security Agency
9800 Savage Road, Suite 6779
Fort Meade, MD 20755-6779
Attn: A334, Student Programs

Applications are not complete without the requested documentation.
If you have questions about the RES Program, please contact us at the address above or call 1-866-NSA-HIRE. 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.

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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