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Graduate Mathematics Program (GMP) - 30000821
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National Security Agency | Fort Meade, MD
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The Graduate Mathematics Program (GMP) is a summer program for students currently enrolled in a graduate program. The GMP provides an opportunity for exceptional mathematics and statistics graduate students to work directly with National Security Agency (NSA) Mathematicians and Statisticians on mission-critical problems and experience the excitement of the NSA technical community first-hand. The students participating in this program work on a wide range of problems involving mathematics, statistics, data analysis, cryptology, and communications technology. Students document their work in technical papers which are internally published at the Agency. State-of-the-art computing resources are available to GMP participants. Computational software packages such as Mathematica, MATLAB, Magma, MAPLE and S-PLUS are also available.
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance
- Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between the months of November 2018 and March 2019
- Applicants should have demonstrated superior mathematical or statistical aptitude and problem-solving skills. Evidence of successful work on an independent project in pure or applied mathematics, statistics, or computer science is desirable. Applicants may be at any stage in their graduate careers and working, or intending to work, in any area of mathematics or statistics. Computer programming experience is desirable.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
- Students are paid a salary commensurate with their education level.
- Receive annual and 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 is 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 on or before October 15th. The letters of recommendation and transcripts being mailed MUST be postmarked by 15 October 2018. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered. Please note that you will receive a confirmation email once your online application has successfully been submitted.

Early Acceptance Incentive:

The application period runs from 1 May - 15 October 2018.  However, the Agency will be making selections for early acceptance into the program on a rolling basis throughout the application period and anticipates filling approximately 1/3 of the available positions prior to the closing of the application period.

To be considered, you must submit a complete application package that includes:

- A resume
- Two letters of recommendation (LORs) from faculty members who can speak directly to your mathematics or statistics background (Professors may email LORs directly to MathSummer@nsa.gov or mail to the address below).
- Transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended through current academic year, to include transferred credits

To submit the resume, you must use our resume builder and include the following information under the respective section (you cannot upload a resume):

Work Experience
- Past and current employment
- Volunteer work
- Extracurricular activities
- School activities

Education History
- Current college/university, current major, expected degree (Bachelors, Masters, PhD) and graduation date, overall GPA
- Previous degrees, college/university attended, major, graduation date, overall GPA (if applicable)

Job Training
- Enter relevant training courses you have taken or will be taking through the Spring 2019 semester

Licenses and Certifications
- List any relevant licenses and certification (excluding drivers license)

- List any relevant foreign languages (computer languages should be listed under resume supplemental details)

Resume Supplemental Details
- This is the "catch all" block. Anything you want us to know that is not already captured, include here (i.e., computer languages, research experience, eagle scout, etc.)


Transcripts can be unofficial or official and can be sent via email, mail, or fax. If sent via email please have your College or University send to MathSummer@nsa.gov. Alternatively, you can email a scanned PDF copy as an attachment in your application materials. If sent by mail, transcripts must be postmarked no later than October 15th, 2018.  If you are faxing transcripts, please make clean photocopies and then fax the photocopies as some of the security features can render faxes of official transcripts unreadable. Please note that only originals via mail, scanned copies of originals (in PDF format) via email, faxed copies, and copies sent electronically by your College or University will be accepted.

IMPORTANT: When applying online, you may only submit your resume by completing the online resume builder. It is also requested that you submit a soft copy of your current resume/CV via email to MathSummer@nsa.gov. Please email the requested documentation to MathSummer@nsa.gov, via fax at (443) 634-4390 or by mail at the following address:

National Security Agency
9800 Savage Road, Suite 6844
Fort Meade, MD 20755-6844
Attn: R1, GMP

Applications are not complete without the requested documentation.
If you have questions about the Graduate Mathematics Program, please contact us at the address above or call 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also e-mail Summer_Interns@nsa.gov or call (410) 854-4726.


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 must submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package.
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.

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.