The Graduate Mathematics Program (GMP) is a summer program for currently enrolled graduate students. The GMP provides an opportunity for exceptional mathematics and statistics graduate students to work directly with National Security Agency (NSA) Mathematicians and Statisticians on mission-critical problems and experience the excitement of the NSA technical community first-hand. The participants in this program work on a wide range of problems involving mathematics, statistics, data science, cryptology, and communications technology. Participants document their work in technical papers which are internally published at the Agency. State-of-the-art computing resources are available to GMP participants. Computational software packages such as Python, R, Sage, Magma, MATLAB, and others are also available.
- Students are paid a salary commensurate with their education level.
- Receive annual and 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 Graduate Math Program (GMP) is a highly competitive program for exceptional mathematics and statistics graduate students. It is a 12-week paid work assignment that runs from the end of May through the middle of August. This program provides students with the opportunity to work directly with NSA Mathematicians and Statisticians on mission-critical problems and experience the excitement of the NSA Mathematics Community first-hand.
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance
- Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between the months of October 2021 and March 2022
- Applicants should have demonstrated superior mathematical or statistical aptitude and problem-solving skills. Evidence of successful work on an independent project in pure or applied mathematics, statistics, or computer science is desirable. Applicants may be at any stage in their graduate careers. Computer programming experience is desirable.
Applications must be submitted online. The application period is May 1, 2021 - September 30, 2021. Late applications will continue to be accepted through October 15, 2021. Admissions are on a rolling basis and applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible to allow sufficient time for security processing and review of their application. Letters of recommendation and transcripts being mailed MUST be postmarked by 15 October. Applications received after the October 15th 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 be considered, you must submit a complete application package that includes:
- A resume
- Two letters of recommendation (LORs) from faculty members or supervisors who can speak directly to your mathematics or statistics background (Professors/supervisors may email LORs directly to [Click Here to Email Your Resumé] or mail to the address below).
- Transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended through current academic year, to include transferred credits
To submit the resume, you must use our resume builder and include the following information under the respective section (you are given the option to also upload your resume):
- Past and current employment
- Volunteer work
- Extracurricular activities
- School activities
- Current college/university, current major, expected degree (Bachelors, Masters, PhD) and graduation date, overall GPA
- Previous degrees, college/university attended, major, graduation date, overall GPA (if applicable)
- Enter relevant training courses you have taken or will be taking through the Spring 2022 semester
Licenses and Certifications
- List any relevant licenses and certification (excluding drivers license)
- List any relevant foreign languages (computer languages should be listed under resume supplemental details)
Resume Supplemental Details
- This is the "catch all" block. Anything you want us to know that is not already captured, include here (i.e., computer languages, research experience, published papers, talks at conferences, eagle scout, etc.)
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, 2021. 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.
IMPORTANT: When applying online, you must complete the online resume builder and are given the option to also upload 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 email the requested documentation to [Click Here to Email Your Resumé], via fax at (443) 634-4390 or by mail at the following address:
National Security Agency
9800 Savage Road, Suite 6844
Fort Meade, MD 20755-6844
Attn: R1, GMP
Applications are not complete without the requested documentation.
If you have questions about the Graduate Mathematics Program, please contact us at the address above or call 1-866-NSA-HIRE. 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 must submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package.
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.