Cyber Summer Program

Internship
Fort Meade, MD
Areas of Interest: Vulnerability Assessment and Management
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Overview


 
The Cyber Summer Program (CSP) is the National Security Agency's (NSA) premier outreach effort to the very best undergraduate and graduate computer science, engineering, mathematics, network security and information assurance students in the country. Each summer we invite up to 24 exceptional students to participate in a 12-week program where they work together, and in teams, directly with NSA technical professionals on mission-critical cyber-related problems.

The goals of the Cyber Summer Program are to:
  • Introduce our country's future leaders in cyber-related fields to the Agency's mission and share with them the excitement of working on problems of national importance, 
  • Provide a deep understanding of the vital role that computer science, engineering, mathematics, network security and information assurance plays in enabling the Agency to tackle a diverse set of technical challenges, 
  • Encourage bright undergraduate computer science, engineering, mathematics, network security and information assurance majors to continue their studies and pursue careers in the cyber-related fields, 
  • Provide solutions to current operational problems. 

The students participating in the program work on a broad range of problems involving applications of computer science and engineering. During the first weeks of the summer internship, they are broadly exposed to NSA's cyber mission through a variety of lectures, classes and tours. The students are presented with a set of current mission-driven problems and choose which problems they will focus on for the summer. The outstanding work accomplished by each student will be presented to Senior NSA leadership as well as documented in the CSP year-end report. Students learn and develop data analysis, network analysis and exploitation techniques, apply what they learn to obtain real-time solutions, and experience the excitement of success built on hard work and innovation. All the students find the work at NSA very exciting and challenging.

Qualifications
  • Must be a U.S. citizen 
  • Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance 
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred 
  • Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between the months of December 2017 and March 2018
  • Must be a college junior, senior, or graduate student with at least one semester remaining 
  • Must be majoring in computer science, engineering, mathematics, network security or information assurance major or a closely related discipline
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

How to Apply - External

Applications must be submitted online at NSA.gov on or before October 31st. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered.

To be considered for Cyber Summer Program, your application should include:
  • Official transcript (unofficial is acceptable if legible).
  • A resume 
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or employers familiar with your work 

To submit the online application, you must use our resume builder application tool - you cannot upload a resume. For step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application, please refer to the application guide at intelligencecareers.gov/nsa, click Job Search/Apply, and look under the Need Help section.

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, 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_Cyber@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_Cyber@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. 

Applications are not complete without the requested documentation.

If you have questions about the Cyber Summer Program, please contact us at the email address above or call 1-866-NSA-HIRE.  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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