About the Business Management & Acquisition (BM&A) Summer Internship
Are you looking for an opportunity that will provide professional work experiences that are significant and meaningful to your career and academic goals; enable you to explore the fascinating and unique world of intelligence; and give you the opportunity to serve your country? If so, look no further than the National Security Agency (NSA). NSA's BM&A Summer Intern Program offers training and experience within a multi-faceted business organization for business majors and/or those interested in applying their math knowledge to financial challenges. This 12-week program offers full-time paid internships to rising college seniors as well as graduate level students to provide the opportunity to build knowledge and skills in a variety of disciplines within the business field. Along the way we will provide an opportunity to attend various operational tours to fully appreciate what the NSA does in defense of our nation.
Your Contribution to the Community/Mission
The National Security Agency employs a wide variety of business professionals who play a critical role through budgetary and contract activities that support our nation's security every day. BM&A relies on the skills of our acquisition, finance, and accounting professionals to support the internal infrastructure of a federal agency comparable in size and budget to Fortune 100 companies. Based on your major and skillset, you will be assigned as an intern to one of these BM&A organizational missions to apply your skills and gain experience:
Programming and Resources provides sound and accountable financial management, information, and decision-making support to enable NSA to be fully responsive to external oversight requirements. They ensure optimization of resources through corporate oversight of all funds, budget and program build processes as well as the associate execution process.
Audit, Accounting and Financial Services provides sound and accountable audit, accounting, and financial management services, information, and decision support, and enables NSA/CSS to be fully responsive to and compliant with external oversight requirements.
The Contracting Group acquires the supplies and services required to perform the many missions of NSA and each of its directorates. This includes planning, executing and administering contracts and agreements with industry, academia and other organizations across the globe.
Business Analysis and Optimization provides financial and business analysis, cost analysis/estimation, and business intelligence in support of the NSA/CSS resource and investment decision-making processes.
Portfolio offices provide professional program management support to customers in Operations. The program managers work every day within the very heart of the Agency's most complex, exciting, and impactful programs and directly with operations leaders.
The Program Executive Office/Business Contract Management Group provides Portfolio Management, Business Financial Management and Contract Management support to various NSA Directorates and their missions.
As an NSA summer intern, you will work directly with seasoned BM&A business professionals in these organizations on activities like those below that ultimately impact Agency decisions and operations:
- Developing negotiation positions and/or negotiating multimillion dollar contracts
- Developing the Agency's annual budget
- Acquiring products and services from industry partners
- Providing financial support in execution of the Agency's budget and for major acquisition programs
- Analyzing financial, performance, and requirements data for business decision making
Specific skills obtained may include:
- Gaining sound knowledge of the fundamental concepts of Government planning, programming, budgeting and execution
- Preparing and processing contractual agreements
- Using Agency Business IT systems and tools
- Gaining a working knowledge of the Agency's acquisition processes
- Learning fundamentals of cost and price analysis of proposals
- Using financial principles to identify trends in data
*Program may be subject to change.*
- 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
- 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 NOT guaranteed.
- Subsidized housing accommodations are available upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from NSA main HQs campus
Join students from across the country and lend your knowledge to national security in one of NSA's over 25 summer internship programs. This 12 week paid program runs from May/June to August/September and is open to students entering their final year of an undergraduate degree program or a graduate level student. This internship is open to students working towards degrees in Finance/Accounting, Marketing, Economics, Operations Research, Industrial Engineering, Statistics, Data Analytics, or Mathematics. The program gives students the opportunity to work directly with mission-critical problems and experience the excitement of working directly in NSA spaces.
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance
- 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 fall term immediately following the internship
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred
- Must be available for the entire 12-week program
- Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between December 2020 and March 2021
- Strong preference for these majors:
- Operations Research
- Industrial Engineering
- Data Analytics
Applications must be submitted online at NSA.gov on or before October 31st. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered.
To be considered for Business Management & Acquisition Summer Program, your application should include:
- Official transcript (unofficial is acceptable if legible).
- A resume
- List of current fall semester courses and proposed spring course schedule
To submit the online application, you must use our resume builder application tool.
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 [Click Here to Email Your Resumé] as an attachment. Please do not send html transcripts accessible via a website or text versions thereof.
IMPORTANT: Please email all required documentation (resume, transcripts, fall courses) to [Click Here to Email Your Resumé] .
**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.
Applications are not complete without the requested documentation.
If you have questions about the BM&A Summer Program, please contact us at the address above or call 1-844-ICHIRES. You may also e-mail [Click Here to Email Your Resumé] 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.
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.