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CAE in Cyber Operations Summer Intern Program

About the Program

The Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations Summer Intern Program (CAE-Cyber Ops Summer Intern Program) is the National Security Agency's (NSA) premier outreach program for students enrolled in the Cyber Operations specialization at NSA-designated universities. Selectees will be invited to participate in a 12-week summer program to gain knowledge of specific cyber-related topics and apply educational knowledge to address various real world mission-related technical challenges. Participants in the program will work on a broad range of problems involving applications of Computer Science and Engineering.

The goals of the CAE-Cyber Ops Summer Intern Program are to:

  • Introduce our country's future leaders in cyber-related fields to the Agency's mission and share the excitement of working on problems of national importance;
  • Provide a deep understanding of the vital role that Computer Science and Engineering play in enabling the Agency to tackle a diverse set of technical challenges;
  • Encourage undergraduate and graduate Computer Science and Engineering students to continue cyber-related studies and careers; and,
  • Afford participants the opportunity to provide solutions to current operational problems.

Application Deadline

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


Interns 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 is 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
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred
  • Must be a college sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student with at least one semester remaining after the internship
  • Must be majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or a related discipline and have completed courses in C Programming, Assembly Programming, Networking, and Operating Systems. Equivalent experience will be considered in lieu.
  • Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between December and March

Selection priority will be given to students from designated CAE-Cyber Ops institutions in pursuit of the Cyber Operations specializations, but students working on Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering programs from other institutions are also welcome to apply. The program is highly competitive and is intended primarily for undergraduate students between their junior and senior year but exceptional freshman and sophomores will also be considered. Graduate students and graduating seniors will be considered too, but they must be enrolled in a graduate program for Fall 2016. In addition, students who have scored well in the various annual Cyber-related competitions are also invited to apply.

How to Apply

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 "CAE in Cyber Operations Summer Intern Program" and click on "Search". Select “CAE in Cyber Operations Summer Intern Program” and click "Apply Now." Follow directions as prompted.

To be considered for the CAE in Cyber Operations Summer Intern Program, your application should include:

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

IMPORTANT: When applying online, you may only submit your resume. Please email all other required documentation to

**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 CAE in Cyber Operations Summer Intern Program, please contact us at 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also e-mail or call (410) 854-4726.

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Date Posted: Aug 23, 2013 | Last Modified: Aug 24, 2015 | Last Reviewed: Aug 24, 2015