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Summer Program for Operations Research Technology - 30001046
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National Security Agency | Fort Meade, MD
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Job Description

Would you like a summer position that allows you to develop innovative solutions to unconventional problems?  The SPORT internship offers students the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge in the stimulating professional environment of one of the most advanced intelligence agencies in the world. 


As a SPORT intern you will work closely with full-time Operations Research analysts, applying the technical skills you've learned in graduate school to a challenging Agency operational problem of your choice.  By applying scientific and quantitative methods to help NSA better understand and find solutions to problems that occur in its operational environments, you will directly impact the Agency's mission. You will also develop strong communication and leadership skills by interacting with and presenting your findings directly to your project customer, your fellow interns, and Senior Leadership
To apply, you must be enrolled in an M.S. or Ph.D. program in the fields of study listed below or closely associated fields of study.  Analysts typically draw on such diverse disciplines as:

- Operations Research
- Modeling and Simulation
- Industrial Engineering
- Systems Engineering
- Computer Network Engineering
- Computer Science
- Management Science
- Data Science and Big Data Analytics
- Probability and Statistics
- Applied Mathematics

Other qualifications include:

- Must be a U.S. citizen.
- Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance.
- Must be enrolled in an M.S. (combined BS/MS also accepted) or Ph.D. program in the above named programs or a closely associated program and have the requisite skills to do operations research modeling. (Non-negotiable qualification.  Undergraduate students or individuals who are not enrolled in graduate school will not be accepted.)
- Must be returning to graduate school for at least one semester following the internship summer.
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 in all graduate course work or above is preferred.
- Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between the months of December 2018 and March 2019.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
- Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level.
- Students receive paid annual leave and sick leave as well as paid federal holidays and team-building hours.
- Students may participate in agency-wide extracurricular activities, including tours of key NSA facilities and Intelligence Community offices. 
- 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 on or before October 31st. Applications received after this deadline, as well as incomplete packets, will not be considered.

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

- Completed online application
- Official or unofficial transcript(s) from all universities attended for undergraduate or graduate degree programs.
- Resume (in addition to online application; emailed in separately)

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, 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_SPORT@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 (resume, transcripts) to Summer_SPORT@nsa.gov.

**Applications are not complete without the 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 Summer Program for Operations Research Technology, please contact us at the Summer_Interns@nsa.gov or call us at 410-854-4726 or 1-844-ICHIRES.


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.