Texas Summer Intern Program

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San Antonio, TX

Texas Summer Intern Program
San Antonio, TX

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

How would you like to spend your summer developing technological solutions that contribute to the security of our nation? Where can you work and see that your efforts are supporting the broader Intelligence Community and our Armed Forces? Does the prospect of applying your skills to the NSA/CSS mission spark your interest? If so, you may be the next intern to join NSA/CSS Texas!

The Texas Summer Intern Program is a 12-week internship for high-potential, full-time college students. This program offers students an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience while building knowledge and skills in fundamental aspects of the NSA mission. Internship positions are offered in multiple mission areas requiring a range of competencies to include but not limited to computer science, programming and engineering.

Interns will be hired on a Temporary Appointment for a term no more than 12 weeks following the beginning of the internship. Interns must reapply yearly to participate in subsequent summers.

Ideally, candidates with the following knowledge/skills/abilities will fit well into various internship positions at NSA Texas (As there are various positions covered by this ad, not all of the following are required for any one position. If you have any of the following skills, you should apply to this ad.

-Knowledge of modern telecommunications and information systems technologies to include one or more of the following; router/firewall/proxy administration, Microsoft Windows internals, Unix/Linux internals and network security implementation & practices.

-Knowledge/experience with software design and development. Familiarity with Software Engineering processes/practices is a plus. The ability to assimilate new concepts and technologies quickly and follow development methodologies is critical.

-Experience or familiarity with one or more of the following is recommended: object-oriented programming; Wiki or other collaborative technologies;
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux, CentOS; Languages: MEAN (MySQL-MongoDB/Express/Angular/Node), Java, PHP, Javascript, Python, C++, SQL; client/server applications development; Agile Development Methods.

-Prior experience in the following areas is highly desirable, but not required: basic TCP/IP networking (including subnetting and routing), computer and networking system installations ‘ hardware and software, system troubleshooting, hardware repair, operating system provisioning, and operating system troubleshooting.

-Highly desired skills and experience include: Active Directory, VMware vSphere Architecture, Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp, Windows/ Redhat Enterprise Linux, Solarwinds/Network Node Manager and Cisco Switching/Routing concepts. Additionally, experience with storage management and technologies such as FiberChannel, iSCSI, NFS/CIFS, NetApp, EMC, and IBM arrays are favorable.

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.
– Daily transportation to and from work is not provided. Students participating in the program are highly encouraged to bring a vehicle.
– Students who attend schools in excess of 75 miles from San Antonio, TX, 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.

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.
– A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.
– Must be a college freshman, sophomore or junior.
– Prior military experience beneficial, but not required.
– Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between the months of December 2019 and March 2020.
-Must have personal transportation to the location of the internship. There are no bus stops within a reasonable distance to the site.
– Majors in Computer Science, Engineering, Math or related fields preferred.

How To Apply – External
Applications must be submitted online at www.intelligencecareers.gov before October 15th. Applications received after the deadline will NOT be considered.

To be considered for NSAT Summer Intern Program, you must submit a complete application package that includes:

– Official transcript (unofficial is acceptable if legible)
– Current resume

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 Summer_NSAT@nsa.gov as an attachment. Please do not send html transcripts accessible via a website or text versions thereof.

IMPORTANT: Please email all required documentation (transcript, resume) to Summer_NSAT@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 NSAT Summer 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.


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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