Summer Strategic Communications Intern Program (SSCIP)

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Fort Meade, MD

Summer Strategic Communications Intern Program (SSCIP)
Fort Meade, MD

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

The Summer Strategic Communications Intern Program is for students enrolled in one or more of the following areas of study: writing, editing, journalism, public relations, marketing or advertising, social media; visual arts, television production, motion picture production, or 3-D animation; graphics or photography.

This Program supports the Strategic Communications organization’s role of providing accurate and timely information on NSA’s signals intelligence and cybersecurity missions and accomplishments to a variety of audiences using state-of-the-art messaging products. Candidates will be considered for internships in one of the following areas:

– Corporate Communications, Messaging & Public Affairs: responsible for communications and major initiatives directed to both the worldwide NSA workforce and external audiences.
– Multimedia production: videography and/or animation to support corporate video production.
– Graphic Design: creating original artwork ranging from project graphics, cartooning, web graphic images, storyboarding and presentation graphics.
– Photography
– Museum collections management, archives or conservation.

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.

– Must be a U.S. citizen.
– Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance.
– Must be a college junior, senior or graduate student with at least one semester remaining.
– Applicants must have completed 2 years of study in a discipline related to the assignment of interest. Fields include, but are not limited to, writing, editing, journalism, public relations, marketing or advertising, social media; visual arts, television production, motion picture production, or 3-D animation; museum management, archives or conservation.
– A cumulative GPA point average of 3.0 is preferred.
– Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between the months of October 2019 and March 2020.
– Must possess strong written and oral communication skills

How To Apply – External
Applications must be submitted online before October 15th. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

To be considered for Strategic Communications Intern Program, your application should include:

– Official transcripts.
– A resume.
– An example of your work, appropriate to your area of interest, will be required as part of the interview process (i.e. writing sample, web link to video, portfolio of graphic art).

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 originals via post, photocopies of originals via post, 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 as an attachment. Please do not send html transcripts accessible via a website or text versions thereof.

IMPORTANT: Please email all 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 Strategic Communications Intern Program, please contact us at the email above or call 1-844-ICHIRES. You may also e-mail 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 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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