Science of Security Intern Program (SoS)

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Fort Meade, MD

Science of Security Intern Program (SoS)
Fort Meade, MD

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

Responsibilities
The National Security Agency (NSA) Science of Security (SoS) & Privacy Lablets Summer Internship Program is for undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at U.S. universities and colleges. The program provides an opportunity for exceptional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students to work directly with NSA SoS Champions on mission-critical hard problems and experience the excitement of the NSA research community first-hand.

Over the course of the summer, the students participating in this program will work on SoS five hard problems:
1. Resilient Architectures;
2. Scalability and Composability;
3. Security-Metrics-Driven Evaluation, Design, Development, and Deployment;
4. Policy Governed Secure Collaboration; and
5. Understanding and Accounting for Human Behavior.

Within each hard problem section are areas where there is extension into privacy and cyber-physical systems. Under the guidance of NSA SoS Champions, selected students will work in collaboration with ongoing cybersecurity and privacy research projects led by the below current six Lablets (https://cps-vo.org/group/sos/projects).
-Carnegie Mellon University
-International Computer Science Institute ‘ Berkeley
-North Carolina State University
-University of Illinois-Champaign
-University of Kansas
-Vanderbilt University

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 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 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.

Qualifications
‘ 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 November 2019 and March 2020.
‘ Applicants should have demonstrated superior STEM aptitude and problem-solving skills. Evidence of successful work on an independent STEM project is desirable. Applicants may be at any stage in their undergraduate or graduate careers and working, or intending to work, in any STEM area.
‘ Desired majors include, but not restricted to, the following: computer science, cybersecurity, engineering, human behavior, information technology, math, and psychology.

How To Apply – External
Applications must be submitted online on or before October 15th. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packets, will not be considered.
To be considered for the Science of Security Intern Program, you must submit a complete application package that includes:
– Official transcripts (unofficial is acceptable if legible).
– A resume.

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

Transcripts:

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, or 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 Summer_interns@nsa.gov 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 Summer_interns@nsa.gov.

**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 Science of Security Intern Program, please contact us at the email address above or call 1-844-ICHIRES. You may also e-mail Summer_Interns@nsa.gov or call (410) 854-4726.

***PLEASE NOTE:
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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