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Human Resources Intern Program (HR)

About the Program
Summers at NSA will be educational and exciting for undergraduates majoring in Human Resources (HR). HR majors will gain practical HR experience while putting their intelligence and creativity to work at the world's technology leader and top cryptologic organization in the U.S. Intelligence Community. NSA HR Interns will spend the summer working in one these specialty areas: Total Compensation, HR Strategies, Recruitment and Staffing, Benefits and Employee Services, HR Information Systems, or Global HR Service Delivery.

Application Deadline
Applications are accepted September 1st - October 31st 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 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 currently enrolled in an accredited college or university program; must have completed the junior year by the start of the internship; and have at least one semester remaining following the internship.
  • Must provide official transcripts.
  • Must be majoring in Human Resources or have a Human Resources minor or concentration.
  • Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between December and March

Additional Qualifications
Candidates are expected to have completed a variety of courses in the following areas of study:

  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Employee and Labor Relations
  • Employment Law
  • Statistics
  • Organizational Behavior
  • HR Strategy
  • Global HR
  • Workforce Planning and Staffing
  • Performance Management

Skills and Abilities
We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate a variety of skills and abilities including:

  • Customer Service to anticipate and identify the needs of customers
  • Consulting Skills to build effective relationships with line managers to help them strategically manage their human resources
  • Written and Verbal Communication Skills to articulate HR strategies, initiatives, options and advice
  • Ability to interpret and apply legislation and policies related to HR
  • Work Management and Organizational Skills to manage multiple activities to accomplish desired end results

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 "HR Intern Program" and click on "Search". Select “HR Intern Program” and click "Apply Now." Follow directions as prompted.

To be considered for HR Intern Program, your application should include:

  • Official transcripts
  • A resume

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 Human Resources 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: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Aug 24, 2015 | Last Reviewed: Aug 24, 2015