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Computer Science Development Program

In the Computer Science Intern Program (CSIP), you will gain first-hand experience in critical work at NSA, while making a valuable contribution to national security. And you'll be earning a salary too!

As a CSIP intern, you will have the opportunity to apply your computer science skills to NSA hardware and software systems.

Application Deadline
Applications are accepted September 1st - October 31st each year.

About the 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. Areas of interest include:

  • Information retrieval
  • Information visualization
  • Natural language processing
  • Information extraction
  • 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
  • Automatic speech recognition
  • Machine translation (speech to text, language to language)
  • Signal processing
  • Architecture & systems

Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level.

  • Receive vacation time, sick leave and federal holidays
  • Students who attend schools in excess of 75 miles from Fort 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.
  • Housing accommodations can be arranged upon request
  • Participation in agency-wide extracurricular programs


  • 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 a college junior, senior or graduate student with at least one semester remaining
  • Must be majoring in computer science or a closely related discipline

How to Apply
Applications must be submitted on or before October 31st. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered.
To submit a resume online during open season, click any “Apply Online” link. Under “Basic Job Search,” type in keywords “Computer Science Intern Program” and click on “Search.” Select “Computer Science Intern Program” and click “Apply Now.” Follow the directions as prompted.
To be considered for CSIP, you must submit a complete application package that includes:

  • A resume*
  • Official transcripts

*A well-written resume will include your contact information and current and past degree seeking programs with descriptions that include: major, GPA, attendance dates, anticipated graduation date, degree objective, lists of relevant courses taken, including the current semester's course list, awards, honors, and recognitions, as well as any relevant experiences and projects.
For additional information, please e-mail or call 410-854-4726.

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Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Nov 03, 2010 | Last Reviewed: Nov 03, 2010