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High School Work Study Program – Alaska (N1213850)

Anchorage, AK
Pay Plan: GG, Grade: 01/1 to 01/10
Open: 2023-08-18, Close: 2023-10-31


The National Security Agency’s (NSA) High School Work Study (HSWS) Russian Program and Morse Code Program application is open only to high school juniors who plan to participate in a school-sponsored Work Experience Program during their senior year.

**Program is subject to change**


To apply, students must check with their High School Work Experience Coordinator to determine the school’s application process as well as specific course requirements for their school.

Job Summary
The High School Work Study (HSWS) Program is currently a highly competitive program designed for high school students who plan to participate in a paid part-time internship during their senior year. Students have the opportunity to gain work experience in business, computer, engineering, manufacturing, construction, graphic arts, Chinese language and Russian language, and Morse Code. The program provides hands-on work experience from August 2024 to July 2025 for 4 hours per day/20 hours per week Monday-Friday with a security clearance, part-time salary, paid leave, and the opportunity for permanent employment upon successful completion of the program.

– Must be 16 years of age by 31 December 2023
– Must be eligible to be granted a Security Clearance.
– Must be a U.S Citizen
– Unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher is preferred
– Must be a High School Junior
– Must have reliable transportation
– Must complete or be enrolled in a higher level Russian course prior to the completion of the junior year.
– Must complete or be enrolled in a higher level Computer Science course prior to the completion of the junior year.
– Students interested in the HSWS Program at the NSA Alaska (NSAA) must reside within commuting distance of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska.

Available Positions within the HSWS Program (Anchorage, AK Only):

Russian – Students who are currently enrolled in advanced Russian courses (Russian 4 or higher). They will be required to use their Russian language skills to perform daily duties. Students need to be excelling in both their Russian reading, writing and listening skills. In addition, students should be recommended by the school’s lead Russian language instructors.

Morse Code – Students who are currently enrolled in Computer Science courses. They will use their technical knowledge to perform daily duties to include operations from the Signals Analysis discipline with a primary focus on international Morse code communications and using a wide range of systems and equipment to execute operations.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Students will be on a Grade and Step Scale. All work studies are a Grade 01 Step 01. High School Work Study students are on a part-time schedule and make approximately $15.00 per hour in Alaska.

Students will earn Annual Leave and Sick Leave at a rate of one hour of Annual Leave and one hour of Sick Leave for every twenty hours worked.

Students are to work a Monday – Friday work schedule. All students must work a minimum of 4 hours each day, 5 days a week, Monday through Friday. Report times are between the hours of 10:30 am and 12:30 pm with core work hours from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. The maximum number of hours a student may work per week is 32 hours.

How to apply
Online applications must be submitted by 31 October 2023. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packets, will not be considered.

Students must also submit the following material via email to HS**@uw*.gov by 31 October 2023:

(1) One Student Evaluation form, which can be found on the High School Work Study Program section on
(2) Official transcript from High School, which MUST include their junior year work in progress courses for both first and second semester.
(3) Resume- Must include the relevant courses completed or in progress as well as the position (Russian Language or Morse Code) to which you are applying.

You may call NSAA HSWS point of contact for specific questions regarding the program: NSAA HR Department: 907-552-3284, or, NSA Alaska Chief of Staff: 907-551-3812.

To apply for this position, please click the ‘Apply’ button located at the top right of this posting. After completing the application for the first time, or reviewing previously entered information, and clicking the ‘Submit’ button, you will receive a confirmation email. Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from no*****@in*****************.gov.

***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Additionally, the Federal Government requires all personnel to be fully vaccinated at the time of employment, subject to exceptions as required by law.

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.

You may be asked a series of questions depending on the position you apply for. Your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application and will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Be sure to elaborate on experiences in your resume. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing.

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.