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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.

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

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 3.2 or higher is preferred
  • Graduate or Undergraduate student; Undergraduate students must be in junior year or reached college junior status
  • 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
  • Must have at least one semester remaining following the internship. For a Summer 2016 internship, 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

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.

To be considered for the SIP/IA, you must submit a complete application package that includes:

  • Official transcript
  • Course listing
  • 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 Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance, 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 27, 2015 | Last Reviewed: Aug 27, 2015