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Intelligence Analysis Summer Program

About the Program
NSA's Intelligence Analysis Summer Program offers rising college seniors the opportunity to receive training in a multi-faceted cryptologic discipline. This experience involves their research, analysis, and presentation of their findings, in conjunction with experienced NSA mentoring to increase NSA insight into high-priority intelligence targets. Their findings become part of NSA's effort to provide the fullest possible signals intelligence (SIGINT) picture to U.S. policy makers, military commanders, and other intelligence community members. They gain practical and theoretical knowledge of NSA, the SIGINT process, and the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC).

NSA's Intelligence Analysis Summer Program is an intensive 12-week program that runs from the end of May through mid-August for undergraduates entering the final year of an undergraduate degree program (juniors at the time of application).

The program consists of formal classroom instruction, workshops, and agency facilities tours related to these multiple cryptologic disciplines including technical research and topical analysis. Participants conduct extensive independent research of current foreign intelligence issues and use numerous databases and current analytic tools/tradecraft. They prepare the results of their analysis in a variety of formats and deliver a final project report to the sponsoring analytic organization.

Specific skills gained include:

  • Understanding modern digital communications
  • Analyzing network structure
  • Developing background on intelligence topics
  • Using advanced tools in multiple operating system environments
  • Advanced query techniques within extensive classified and unclassified databases
  • Understanding the structure and processes of NSA and the U.S. intelligence community
  • Conducting independent research and coordinating results with analysts in other disciplines across NSA's intelligence production organizations
  • Preparing and presenting SIGINT findings to help satisfy executive branch customer requirements.

Application Deadline
Applications are accepted September 1st - November 15th each year.

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


  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance
  • Must be a full time undergraduate student entering the final year of an undergraduate degree program (juniors at the time of application)
  • Students attending schools designated by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (IC CAE) in National Security Studies and designated as IC Scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. IC CAE schools are listed at the following link:
  • Applicant must be available for the entire 12 week length of the program.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is preferred
  • Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between the months of December 2013 and March 2014.
  • Major studies areas of consideration:
    • International Affairs/Politics/Relations
    • Intelligence/Security studies
    • Regional studies
    • Political Science (international topics)/Affairs
    • Note: Minors/Certificate programs or multiple courses in computer science, networking, technology, or telecommunications areas are highly sought.

How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online on or before November 15th. Applications received after the deadline and incomplete packets will not be considered.

To submit a resume online during an open season, click on any "Apply Online" link. Under "Basic Job Search," type keywords "Intelligence Analysis Summer Program" and click on "Search." Select "Intelligence Analysis Summer Program" and click "Apply Now." Follow the directions as prompted.

To be considered for the Intelligence Analysis Summer Program, submit a complete application package that includes:

  • Current Resume
  • Official transcript (unofficial is acceptable if legible)
  • List of current fall semester courses and proposed spring course schedule

IMPORTANT: When applying online, you may only submit your resume. Please email the requested documentation to or by mail at the following address:
National Security Agency
Office of Recruitment
P.O. Box 1661, Suite 6779
Fort Meade, MD 20755-6779
Attn: MB3, Intelligence Analysis Summer Program


If you have questions about the Intelligence Analysis Summer Intern Program, please contact us at the address above or call 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also email or call (410) 854-4726.

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Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Aug 23, 2013 | Last Reviewed: Aug 23, 2013