Director's Summer Program (DSP)
The Director's Summer Program (DSP) is a highly competitive program that seeks to reach the nation's most outstanding undergraduate mathematics majors. Each summer, we invite exceptional undergraduate students to put their problem-solving skills to the test in mathematics, cryptology and communications technology. These problems often involve applications of abstract algebra, geometry, number theory, analysis, probability, statistics, combinatorics, graph theory, algorithms, and computer science. State-of-the-art computing resources are available to all students. Computational algebra packages, including Mathematica, MATLAB, Magma and MAPLE are available, in addition to a variety of statistics packages.
The DSP is looking for students who have distinguished themselves in undergraduate research or national mathematics competitions. At the beginning of the summer, students are presented with introductory lectures on modern cryptography and a set of problems that agency mathematicians are actively investigating. Each student chooses one or two problems as the focus of his or her research. Throughout the summer, students are mentored by agency experts, collaborate to solve challenging problems, and present their work in both technical talks and papers, which are internally published at NSA.
About the Program
How to Apply
To submit a resume online during open season, click any "Apply Online" link. Under "Basic Job Search," type in keywords "Director's Summer Program" and click on "Search." Select "Director's Summer Program" and click "Apply Now." Follow the directions as prompted.
To be considered, you must submit a complete application package that includes:
Transcripts may be issued directly by the Registrar, or issued to you by the Registrar, then sent with your application materials. Only originals via post, photocopies of originals via post, scanned copies of originals via email (PDF format only), or fax copies of originals will be accepted. Should you choose to fax your transcripts, please make clean photocopies first, then fax the photocopies, as the security features can render faxes of actual transcripts unreadable. If your Registrar is capable of directly sending electronic transcripts, please have them sent directly to you and then email the transcript as an attachment. Please do not send html transcripts accessible via a website or text versions thereof.
IMPORTANT: When applying online, you may only submit your resume. Please see job posting between September 1st and October 15th for the email and postal addresses to send transcripts and letters of recommendation.
Applications are not complete without the requested documentation.
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Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Jun 29, 2015 | Last Reviewed: Jun 29, 2015