Summer Program for Operations Research Technology

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Fort Meade, MD

Summer Program for Operations Research Technology
Fort Meade, MD

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

The Summer Program for Operations Research Technology (SPORT) offers students the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge in the stimulating professional environment of one of the most advanced intelligence agencies in the world. SPORT interns spend the summer developing innovative solutions to unconventional problems.

As a SPORT intern you will work closely with full-time Operations Research analysts, applying the technical skills you’ve learned in graduate school to a challenging Agency operational problem of your choice. You will directly impact the Agency’s mission by applying scientific and quantitative methods to help NSA better understand and find solutions to problems that occur in its operational environments.You will also develop strong communication and leadership skills by interacting with and presenting your findings directly to your project customer, your fellow interns, and Senior Leadership.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
– Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level.
– Students receive paid annual leave and sick leave as well as paid federal holidays and team-building hours.
– Students may participate in agency-wide extracurricular activities, including tours of key NSA facilities and Intelligence Community offices.
– 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.

How To Apply – External
Applications must be submitted online on or before October 15th. Applications received after this deadline, as well as incomplete packets, will not be considered.

To be considered for SPORT, you must submit a complete application package that includes:

– Completed online application
– Official or unofficial transcript(s) from all universities attended for undergraduate or graduate degree programs (email to
– Resume (in addition to online application; emailed in separately to

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 transcripts in PDF format 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: When applying online, you may submit your resume by completing the online resume builder and/or attaching. Please email all other required documentation (resume, transcripts) 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 Summer Program for Operations Research Technology, please contact us at the or call us at 410-854-4726 or 1-844-ICHIRES.


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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