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Cyber Summer Program (CSP)

The Cyber Summer Program (CSP) is the National Security Agency's premier outreach effort to the very best undergraduate and graduate computer science and engineering students in the country. Each summer we invite up to 16 exceptional students to participate in a 12-week program where they work together, and in teams, directly with NSA technical professionals on mission-critical cyber-related problems.

About the Program

The goals of the Cyber Summer Program are to:

  • Introduce our country's future leaders in cyber-related fields to the Agency's mission and share with them the excitement of working on problems of national importance,
  • Provide a deep understanding of the vital role that computer science and engineering plays in enabling the Agency to tackle a diverse set of technical challenges,
  • Encourage bright graduate computer science and engineering majors to continue their studies and pursue careers in the cyber-related fields,

and, of course, to

  • Provide solutions to current operational problems.

The students participating in the program work on a broad range of problems involving applications of computer science and engineering. During the first weeks of the summer internship, they are broadly exposed to NSA's cyber mission through a variety of lectures and tours. The students are presented with eight current mission-driven problems and choose which problems they will focus on for the summer. The outstanding work accomplished by each student is documented in the CSP year-end report. Students learn and develop data analysis and exploitation techniques, apply what they learn to obtain real-time solutions, and experience the excitement of success built on hard work and innovation. All the students find the work at NSA very exciting and challenging.

Application Deadline

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

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


  • Receive annual and sick leave, 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 a Computer Science major or closely related discipline

How to Apply - External
Applications must be submitted online 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 "Cyber Summer Program" and click on "Search". Select Cyber Summer Program and click "Apply Now." Follow directions as prompted.

To be considered for Cyber Summer Program, your application should include:

  • A resume
  • Official transcripts through the current academic year
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with their work

Official transcripts and letters of recommendation should be mailed to:

National Security Agency
9800 Savage Road, Suite 6779
Fort Meade, MD 20755-6779
Attn: Cyber Summer Program (CSP)

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Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Aug 18, 2014 | Last Reviewed: Aug 18, 2014