Applicants applying to this job opening will be considered for the Director's Summer Program and the Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis Summer Program.
Director's Summer Program (DSP):
The Director's Summer Program (DSP) is a highly competitive program that seeks to reach the nation's most outstanding undergraduate mathematics majors. Each summer, we invite exceptional undergraduate students to put their skills to the test solving problems in mathematics, cryptology and communications technology in support of the national security mission. These problems often involve applications of abstract algebra, geometry, number theory, analysis, probability, statistics, combinatorics, graph theory, algorithms, and computer science. State-of-the-art computing resources are available to all students. Computational algebra packages, including Mathematics, MATLAB, Magma and MAPLE are available, in addition to a variety of statistics packages.
The DSP is looking for students who have distinguished themselves in undergraduate research or national mathematics competitions. At the beginning of the summer, students are presented with introductory lectures on modern cryptography and a set of problems that Agency Mathematicians are actively investigating. Each student chooses one or two problems as the focus of his or her research. Throughout the summer, students are mentored by Agency experts, collaborate to solve challenging problems, and present their work in both technical talks and papers, which are internally published at NSA.
About the Program:
The DSP is a 12-week program that runs from the end of May through mid-August each year and is open to students majoring in mathematics. Computer science and Physics majors with either a minor in math or a strong math curriculum may also apply. Applicants should have demonstrated superior mathematical aptitude. One full year of upper level mathematics (abstract algebra or analysis) is strongly recommended. Some computer programming experience is desirable.
Applications are accepted May 1, 2020 - October 15, 2020. Admissions are on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as is practical to allow sufficient time for security processing and review of their application.
The application period runs from 1 May - 15 October 2020. 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.
Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis Summer Program (CASA SP):
The Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis Summer Program (CASASP) gives undergraduate mathematicians and computer scientists a chance to contribute to mission-essential technical operations at the National Security Agency (NSA). Our mission is to transform collected data into a format analysts can readily consume for intelligence purposes by analyzing signals and protocols, and overcoming security measures. Each summer we invite twelve students to learn, use, and further NSA's tradecraft as they work on operational problems of national importance. If you possess imagination, initiative and intellectual curiosity, apply for the CASASP.
About the Program
The CASASP runs from the end of May through the middle of August and is open to students majoring in mathematics, computer science, or a related field. Some programming experience is desirable. CASASP begins with classified briefings on modern cryptography and on operational projects which will form the basis for research throughout the summer. Problems involve applications of math, statistics, computer science, reverse engineering, and software development. We work with data from many sources, analyze a wide range of technologies, and provide access to cutting-edge computing resources. Results are integrated into production systems to provide new capabilities to our organization.
Applications are accepted May 1, 2020 - October 15, 2020.
Early Acceptance Incentive:
The CASASP will fill up to 1/3 of the available positions via an early acceptance incentive.
All applications that are complete as of July 31, 2020 will be reviewed for early acceptance. Candidates will be notified in early September regarding whether they will move forward for further processing in accordance with the early acceptance timeline.
Any candidates not selected for early acceptance will remain in the candidate pool and will be re-evaluated after the October 15th application deadline. Note that candidates who applied early, but were not selected for the early acceptance timeline, may submit updated application materials (e.g. updated transcripts and resumes) up through the October 15th deadline.
Please note, this is a current description of the internships as of the date this advertisement was written. Please monitor the website for any changes to the program description or status.
- Students are paid a 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 is NOT guaranteed.
- Subsidized housing accommodations are available upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from NSA main HQs campus.
The Director's Summer Program (DSP) and the Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis Summer Program (CASASP) are paid 12-week programs that run from the end of May through mid-August each year. The DSP is looking for students who have distinguished themselves in undergraduate research or national mathematics competitions. At the beginning of the summer, students are presented with introductory lectures on modern cryptography and a set of problems that NSA mathematicians are actively investigating. Each student chooses one of these problems as the focus of their research. The CASASP gives undergraduate mathematicians and computer scientists a chance to contribute to mission-essential technical operations at the National Security Agency (NSA). The CASA mission is to transform collected data into a format analysts can readily consume for intelligence purposes by analyzing signals and protocols, and overcoming security measures. Each summer we invite students to learn, use, and further NSA's tradecraft as they work on operational problems of national importance.
Qualifications for both the DSP and CASA SP are:
- Must be a U.S. citizen.
- Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance.
- Must be an undergraduate student majoring in Mathematics, Computer Science, or Physics. Other majors with either a minor in math or a strong math curriculum may apply. Students that are completing their degree after the fall or spring semester are also eligible to apply.
- Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between October 2020 and April 2021.
Applications must be submitted online on or before October 15th, 2020. 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.
To submit a resume online during open season, click any "Apply Online" link. Under "Basic Job Search," type in keywords "Director's Summer Program" or "Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis Summer Program" and click on "Search." Select "Director's Summer Program/Cryptanalysis and Signals Analysis Summer Program" and click "Apply Now." Follow the directions as prompted.
To be considered, you must submit a complete application package that includes:
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty members who can speak directly to your mathematics background.
- Transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended through current academic year, to include transferred credits.
- A resume. A well-written resume will include:
- Your contact information
- Current and past degree seeking programs to include:
- Cumulative GPA
- Anticipated graduation date
- Degree concentration
- Lists of relevant courses taken, including the current semester's course list
- Computer languages known (indicate skill level ' i.e. beginner, advanced, fluent, etc.)
- Awards, honors, and recognitions
- Relevant experiences or projects
- Relevant work experiences
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 [Click Here to Email Your Resumé]. 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, 2020. 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. It is also requested that you submit a soft copy of your current resume/CV via email to [Click Here to Email Your Resumé]. Please see job posting between May 1st and October 15th for the email and postal addresses to send transcripts and letters of recommendation.
**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 (including transcripts) will NOT be shared between programs.
If you have questions about the Director's Summer Program, please contact us at 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also e-mail [Click Here to Email Your Resumé].
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.