Computer Science Intern Program with NSA

Applications must be submitted online on or before October 31st.

Job Details

Job Title:  Computer Science Intern Program (CSIP)

Agency:  National Security Agency (NSA)

JET Job Family:  Student Programs

Location:  Fort Meade, MD

Job ID:  30001034

Regular/Temporary:  Regular

Full/Part Time:  Full-Time


The Computer Science Intern Program (CSIP) is an intense and exciting 12-week immersive internship open to select college undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Computer Science or closely related disciplines. Interns are assigned to projects that contribute to NSA's mission. Projects culminate in a short presentation and technical paper. Projects are typically in the areas of:
  • Big Data
  • Information Retrieval
  • Information Visualization
  • Computer and Network Security
  • Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence
  • Human Language Technology/Computational Linguistics
  • Ontology/Taxonomy and Graphical Analysis
  • Information Query and Question Answering
  • Knowledge and Data Representation, Distillation, and Sharing
  • Knowledge and Database Crawling
  • Software Agent Planning and Control
  • Signal Processing
  • Architecture & Systems


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.
  • Must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking college or university program with at least one semester remaining following the internship. Or, for those students about to graduate from one degree program, it is necessary to clearly state future plans demonstrating continued academic pursuits in the term immediately following the internship.
  • Must provide transcripts covering academic qualifications described above.
  • Must major in Computer Science or a very closely related discipline.
  • Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between the months of December 2018 and March 2019.
Additional Qualification: 

Preference will be given to applicants who have successfully completed the following courses:

  • Data Structures
  • Discrete Mathematics or Discrete Structures
  • Calculus I and Calculus II

Candidates are also expected to have taken courses in two or more of the following areas:

  • Computer Organization and Assembly Language
  • Principles of Programming Languages
  • Software Design and Development
  • Operating Systems
  • Compiler Theory
  • Computer Architecture
  • Database Management Systems
  • Computer Graphics
  • Automata Theory and Formal Languages
  • Software Engineering
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks
  • Vulnerability Discovery
  • Principles of Computer Security
  • Computer Network Security
  • Information Retrieval
  • Human Language Technologies
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Parallel and Distributed Processing
  • Signal Processing
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Linear Algebra

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 on or before October 31st. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered.

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

  • Official transcript (unofficial is acceptable if legible).
  • A resume.

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, 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 emailed to If your Registrar is capable of directly sending electronic transcripts, please have them sent directly to you and then email the transcript as an attachment. There should be no security restrictions on the emailed transcript, e.g., no password or security certificates that require an internet connection to verify the certificate. If the electronic transcript that the Registrar sends you has those types of security restrictions, please print it, scan the printed copy, preferably to PDF, and email the scanned copy. 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 to

**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 Computer Science Intern Program, please contact us at the email address above or call 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also e-mail 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.

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