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$30,456 to $42,209
Cyber Summer Program (1017163)
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National Security Agency | Fort George G. Meade, MD
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Job Description

The Cyber Summer Program (CSP) is the National Security Agency's premier outreach effort to the very best undergraduate and graduate computer science and engineering students in the country. Each summer we invite up to 16 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 and engineering plays in enabling the Agency to tackle a diverse set of technical challenges,
- Encourage bright undergraduate computer science and engineering majors to continue their studies and pursue careers in the cyber-related fields,
and, of course, to
- 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 and tours. The students are presented with eight current mission-driven problems and choose which problems they will focus on for the summer. The outstanding work accomplished by each student is documented in the CSP year-end report. Students learn and develop data 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.


- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Prefer a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance
- The program is highly competitive and is intended primarily for undergraduate students between their junior and senior year, but exceptional freshman and sophomores will also be considered. Graduate students and graduating seniors will be considered too, but they must be enrolled in a graduate program for the fall. In addition, students who have scored well in the various annual Cyber-related Competitions are invited to apply.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Housing: Housing accommodations can be arranged upon request.

Travel Reimbursement: Students who attend schools in excess of 75 miles from Fort Meade, MD are eligible for a round trip airline ticket to and from school, or mileage reimbursement up to the cost of a government issued airline ticket.

Salary: Students are paid a competitive salary based on their education. Salary range: $30,456 to $42,209. In addition, you will receive sick and vacation leave, Federal holidays, and the ability to participate in Agency-wide extracurricular programs.

About National Security Agency

The National Security Agency (NSA) is a world leader in Signals Intelligence. We carry out some of the nation’s most important and sensitive intelligence activities to secure information superiority for America and its allies. 

We have two primary missions. Our Information Assurance mission is the defense: it protects U.S. information by preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to our information systems. Our Signals Intelligence mission is the offense: collecting foreign signals and producing intelligence to give U.S. policy makers and warfighters the decision advantage. NSA also enables network warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.

At the nation’s top cryptologic organization, we employ the best and the brightest, who use their intelligence to solve some of the nation’s most difficult challenges. We are also the largest employer of mathematicians in the country, as well as one of the most important centers of foreign language analysis and research.