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Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-Cyber Ops) Summer Intern Program - 30001036
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National Security Agency | Fort Meade, MD
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The Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-Cyber Ops) Summer Program is the National Security Agency's (NSA) premier outreach program for students enrolled in the Cyber Operations specialization at NSA-designated universities. Selectees will be invited to participate in a 12-week summer program to gain knowledge of specific cyber-related topics and apply educational knowledge to address various real world mission-related technical challenges. Participants in the program will work on a broad range of problems involving applications of computer science and engineering.

The goals of the CAE in Cyber Operations Summer Program are to:

- Introduce our country's future leaders in cyber-related fields to the Agency's mission and share the excitement of working on problems of national importance.
- Provide a deep understanding of the vital role that computer science and engineering play in enabling the Agency to tackle a diverse set of technical challenges.
- Encourage undergraduate and graduate computer science and engineering majors to continue cyber- related studies and careers.
- Afford participants the opportunity to provide solutions to current operational problems.

During the summer program, participants are broadly exposed to NSA's cyber mission through a variety of cyber-related topics and hands-on labs. They work on mission driven problems throughout the summer and will participate in a CAPSTONE activity focused on specific real-world technical problems. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to conduct data analysis and contribute to exploitation techniques and will apply that learning to developing real-time solutions and experiencing the excitement of success built on hard work and innovation. The outstanding work accomplished by the participants will be documented in the CAE-Cyber Ops Summer Program year-end report.
- Must be a U.S. citizen.
- Must have knowledge/experience in networking, Operating Systems, and Programming (preferably C and some Assembly).
- Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance.
- Prefer a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in Cyber Operations specializations programs.
- Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between the months of December 2018 and March 2019.
- Must be a college sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student with at least one semester remaining after the internship.
- Must be majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or a related discipline and completed courses in C programming, assembly programming, networking, and operating systems. Equivalent experience will be considered in lieu.

Selection priority will be given to students from designated CAE-Cyber Ops institutions in pursuit of the Cyber Operations specializations, but students working on Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering programs from other institutions are also welcome to apply. 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 as well; however, they must be enrolled in a graduate program for Fall 2019. In addition, students who have scored well in the various annual Cyber-related Competitions are also invited to apply.
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.
- 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 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 at intelligencecareers.gov on or before October 31st. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered.

To be considered for CAE in Cyber Operations Summer Program, your application must include:

- Official transcripts through the current academic year.
- A resume.
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or employers familiar with your work.

To submit the online application, you must use our resume builder application tool - you cannot upload a resume. For step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application, please refer to the application guide at intelligencecareers.gov/nsa, click Job Search/Apply, and look under the Need Help section.

Transcripts may be issued directly by the Registrar, or issued to you by the Registrar, then sent with your application materials. Only originals via post, photocopies of originals via post, or scanned copies of originals via email (PDF format only) will be accepted. If your Registrar is capable of directly sending electronic transcripts, please have them sent directly to you and then email the transcripts to Summer_CAE_Cyber@nsa.gov as an attachment. Please do not send html transcripts accessible via a website or text versions thereof.
IMPORTANT: When applying online, you may only submit your resume by completing the online resume builder. Please email all other required documentation (e.g., Transcripts, Letters of Recommendation, etc.) to Summer_CAE_Cyber@nsa.gov.

**Applications are not complete, and offers will not be extended, without all requested documentation. If you have applied to multiple positions, you MUST follow the instructions on each posting and send your requested documents to each program separately. Documents will NOT be shared between programs.

If you have questions about the Cyber Operations Summer Program, please contact us at the email 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 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.

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.