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Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance (SIP/IA)

The SIP/IA is a 12-week summer program meant to help accelerate your career in the field of Information Assurance (IA) by working for NSA. SIP/IA hosts high potential students pursuing Bachelors (between junior and senior year), Masters or Ph.D. technical degrees (listed below) that can contribute to the IA mission. Interns will be involved in projects that enable the cyber mission force through current analysis, expertise, training, and tools. Interns will be involved in IA projects, including protecting and defending the nation's information systems networks and outmaneuvering cyber adversaries. To participate in this program, students must return to school for at least one semester following the internship.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted between September 1 and October 31 each year, but please refer to the individual job listing for specific dates (see the How to Apply section below for additional details).

About the Program
For purposes of this program, IA encompasses the scientific, technical, and management disciplines required to ensure computer and network security, such as:

  • System/network administration and operations
  • Systems security engineering
  • Information assurance systems and product acquisition
  • Cryptography
  • Threat and vulnerability assessment, including risk management
  • Cyber security
  • The operations of computer emergency response teams
  • Information assurance training, education, and management
  • Computer forensics
  • Defensive information operations

Students must major in one of the following academic disciplines (with concentration in IA):

  • Biometrics
  • Computer/Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Cyber Security
  • Network Security
  • Operations Research
  • Information Assurance
  • Computer Forensics
  • Information Security and Risk Analysis


  • U.S. citizen
  • Eligible for a security clearance
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher is preferred
  • Graduate or Undergraduate student; Undergraduate students must be in junior year or reached college junior status
  • Must have at least one semester remaining following the internship. For Summer 2016, BS students should be graduating in December 2016 or in 2017, MS students may have a later graduation date.
  • Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between December and March


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


  • Receive annual and sick leave, federal holidays
  • Access to Agency-wide extracurricular programs
  • Those who attend schools in excess of 75 miles from Fort Meade, MD, are eligible for a round trip airline 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 NOT guaranteed.
  • Subsidized housing accommodations are available upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from NSA main HQs campus.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online between September 1st - October 31st. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packets, will not be considered.

To submit a resume online during open season, click any "Apply Online" link. Under "Basic Job Search", type in keywords "Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance" and click on "search." Select Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance and click "Apply Now." Follow directions as prompted.

Note: You may be required to submit an official transcript and a course listing.

If you have questions about the Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance, please contact us at the address above or call 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also email or call (410) 854-4726.

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Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Jun 29, 2015 | Last Reviewed: Jun 29, 2015