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NSA 2024 Summer Internship – Linguists (N1215199)

Fort George G. Meade Complex, MD
Pay Plan: GG, Grade: 04/1 to 09/10
Open: 2023-09-01, Close: 2023-10-15

The NSA Summer Internship Program offers students exciting, impactful professional work opportunities (with pay and benefits!) to grow their knowledge of the Intelligence Community and federal government while advancing NSA’s two primary missions: 1) Collecting, analyzing, and producing signals intelligence; and, 2) Providing cybersecurity solutions and guidance to protect critical national infrastructure. These summer internship opportunities are open to all students who are pursuing education and degree programs that are NOT in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) studies and will allow those selected to train and participate in various operational tours to learn how NSA conducts its mission while working alongside subject matter experts to help protect and defend the Nation from foreign adversaries.

NSA has a critical need for individuals fluent in languages other than English to support NSA’s foreign language analysis mission. Foreign language proficiency combined with a wide array of majors and minors are eligible to be considered for this program. In 2024, NSA is specifically seeking students with proficiency in Chinese, Farsi, and Russian. Individuals with fluency in other languages are also encouraged to apply.

Please apply through this vacancy if you are interested in any of the following internships:

– Behavioral Health and Life Services Summer Program (BHLS)
– Business Management & Acquisition (BM&A) Summer Intern Program
– Civil Liberties, Privacy and Transparency Summer Program (CLPT)
– Human Capital Management (HCM)
– Industrial and Organizational Psychology Summer Program (IOP)
– Installations & Logistics (I&L) Summer Intern Program
– Intelligence Analysis Summer Program (IA)
– Office of Reasonable Accommodation & Accessibility Summer Program (ORAA)
– Office of the Inspector General Summer Intern Program (IG)
– Security & Counterintelligence Summer Intern Program (SCSIP)
– Summer Language Program
– Summer Strategic Communication Summer Intern Program (SSCIP)

***PLEASE NOTE: You can find descriptions for each program listed above at the following link:

Job Summary
Join students from across the country and lend your knowledge to national security in one of NSA’s over 30 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.

To be accepted into the NSA Summer Internship – Non STEM, candidates must:

– Be a U.S. citizen;
– Be eligible to be granted a TS/SCI/TK security clearance after successfully completing a background investigation that includes passing a Full-Scope Polygraph and a Psychological Evaluation;
– Preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for all college work completed;
– Be a currently enrolled college student (undergraduate, graduate or doctorate program) at time of application;
– Be available and in the U.S. for operational and technical interviews and other applicable processing, both in-person and via telephone/internet, between the months of November 2023 and March 2024;

Be pursuing a major in:
o Accounting
o Architecture
o Archives or Conservation
o Building Automation/HVAC
o Business Administration
o Communications/Public Affairs
o Computer Science
o Construction Management
o Criminal Justice
o Cybersecurity
o Data Analytics
o Data Science
o Economics
o English
o Finance
o Graphic Design
o Health Education
o Health Promotion & Wellness
o History
o Homeland Security
o Hospitality
o Human Resources
o Industrial and Organizational Psychology
o Information Technology
o Intelligence Studies
o Interior Design
o International Affairs
o International Politics
o International Relations
o Logistics
o Marketing
o Multimedia Production
o Nutrition & Dietetics
o Operations Research
o Photography
o Pre-Law
o Psychology
o Public Policy
o Regional Studies
o Rehabilitation Counseling or similar counseling degree program
o Security Studies
o Sign Language Interpretation
o Sociology
o Supply Chain Management

– Minors/Certificate programs in computer science, networking, technology, information assurance or telecommunications areas are highly sought.

– For NSAs foreign language program, no specific major is required, but the following language proficiencies are recommended:
o Arabic
o Mandarin Chinese
o Russian
o South Asian
o Farsi
o African Languages

***PLEASE NOTE: Other majors may be considered, however the majors listed above are preferred and highly recommended.

***Please Note: You may be required to complete an Unproctored Internet Testing (UIT) requirement measuring cognitive ability, motivation, and English proficiency.

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 school in excess of 75 miles from their duty location 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. Travel reimbursement will not be provided to our location in Hawaii.
– 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 is NOT guaranteed.
– Subsidized housing accommodations are available for Summer Interns stationed at Fort Meade, MD upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from Fort Meade, MD.

How to apply
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: To be considered for our Summer Internships, your application package is not considered complete until the following items have been emailed to Su***********@uw*.gov in addition to your online application.

– Official transcript (unofficial will be accepted if legible)
– At least two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty members or supervisors who can speak directly to your educational background
– PDF copy of your current resume
– Cover Letter (Optional) listing your interest in NSA’s Summer Internships

***IMPORTANT: This is a skills-based ad, not an ad for a specific internship. This means that you could be contacted and/or considered for more than one specific internship.

***PLEASE NOTE: Applications are accepted 1 September – 15 October, however, selections for this program are made on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as practical to allow sufficient time for review and security clearance processing.

CONTACT INFORMATION: If you have any questions about NSA Summer Internships, please contact us at Su***********@uw*.gov or call us at 410-854-4726.

Please note that 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.

U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. 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. Reasonable accommodations may be provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. Please visit our Diversity link for more information.

The NSA is committed to cultural diversity in its workplace.

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.