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Summer Language Program (30000144)
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National Security Agency | Fort Meade, MD
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Summer Language Program
Undergraduate and graduate students will learn to analyze foreign communications for vital intelligence missions by apprenticing with experienced language analysts.  Geopolitical, cultural, and technical knowledge may be used to understand both overtly stated meaning and subtly implied intent as you scan, translate, and transcribe foreign communications, then report critical information to U.S. government customers. 

About The Program
The Summer Language Program is a 12-week internship intended for high-potential full-time college upperclassmen and graduate students.  Foreign language proficiency combined with a wide array of majors and minors will be considered for this program, which can be a one-summer or two-summer internship.  The program may begin after your sophomore year, and if mutually agreeable, continue the summer after your junior year.   Likewise, the program may begin the summer after your junior year and continue the summer between your senior year and your first year of graduate school.  The program may also take place in the summers between years of graduate study.   Participation during a second summer is encouraged but not required.   At the end of your internship, an offer may be extended for you to join NSA in a full-time position after graduation.

The 2018 Summer Language Program is hiring students with proficiency in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, and Russian.  The languages may change from year to year based on the Agency's projected hiring needs.

The Summer Language Program Includes:
- A language mentor assigned from NSA's language analysis team.
- Hands-on operational experience.
- Relevant job-specific briefings.
- Job-specific training and customized language training.
- Must be a U.S. citizen.
- Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance.
- Must have at least one semester or quarter of college study remaining at the conclusion of the summer internship.
- Must have language proficiency in one of the advertised foreign languages.
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred.
- A 3.5 average GPA in language/area studies courses is preferred.
- Must be available for an operational interview, language testing, and other applicable processing at some point between June 2017 and January 2018. Must be physically in the United States as of January 2018 in order to process.  Students studying abroad during the spring 2018 semester cannot be processed.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Application Deadline
Applications for the 2018 Summer Language Program are accepted 15 May - 15 Oct 2017.

Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level.

Benefits and Housing
Interns will receive the following benefits:
- Annual leave, sick leave, and paid federal holidays.
- Participation in agency-wide extracurricular programs.
- Students may be eligible for transportation to and from school.
- Subsidized housing accommodations may be available upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from NSA main headquarters campus.

NOTE:  Daily transportation to and from work is not provided.  Students participating in the program are encouraged to bring a vehicle.  Carpooling with other interns MAY be available but is NOT guaranteed.

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.