Posted by: National Security Agency on Oct 11, 2017
In order to be considered for SICP, each applicant MUST fit the following profile: - Be a U.S. citizen; - Be eligible to be granted a TS/SCI TK security clearance and successfully complete a background investigation that includes passing a Full-Scope Polygraph; - Must have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for all college work completed; - Be a currently enrolled college Freshman, Sophomore or Junior at time of application. Those entering their Senior year at time of application cannot be considered unless they are immediately entering graduate school in the fall of 2018 pursuing the same major; - Be available for operational and technical interviews and other applicable processing, both in-person and via telephone, between the months of December 2017 and March 2018; - Be pursuing a major in fields such as Computer Science, Electrical and/or Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Data Science or Information Systems; or fields such as Political Science, Area Studies, International Relations, History, etc., along with having demonstrated computer competence. Prior SIGINT experience gained through the military or prior internships are regarded as desirable but not mandatory. Should you not fit the profile above, we strongly encourage you to apply to a better fitting intern program other than the SICP.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
- Are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level (GS Washington-Baltimore location pay scale); - Work a Monday-to-Friday eight hour per day schedule; - Receive annual leave, sick leave, time-off for morale building activities and paid federal holidays during the internship; - Can participate in agency-wide extracurricular programs; - Are eligible for round-trip airfare to and from school or privately-owned vehicle (POV) mileage reimbursement up to the cost of a government-issued airline ticket if they attend schools beyond a 75 mile radius of the facility to which they are assigned; and, - Can request subsidized housing accommodations if their school is located beyond a 75 mile radius of the facility to which they are assigned. Note: Daily transportation to and from work is neither provided nor reimbursed. Students participating in the program are highly encouraged to bring their POV. Carpooling with other students MAY be available but NOT guaranteed.
How To Apply - External
To be considered, you must submit a complete application package that includes: - A completed online resume-builder on the NSA unclassified website. Current college information must be included in that resume using you projected graduation date as the degree effective date. A more-traditional resume can be sent separately to Summer_SIC@nsa.gov; - Two (2) recent (i.e., 2017) letters of recommendation (LORs) from faculty members or relevant employers who can speak directly to your technical background, academic performance and other relative attributes; and, - Transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended through the current academic year, to include transferred or AP credits to be sent to Summer_SIC@nsa.gov email. It is extremely important to meet the above requirement for the four documents, as most applicants eliminated from the selection process in the past were missing one or two pieces of the required documentation. Your application will be closed-out if we do not receive all four documents. It is up to you to ensure that the SICP Program Management Team has received all of the required documentation by the application deadline. To submit the online application, you must use our resume builder application tool - you cannot upload a resume. For step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application, please refer to the application guide at intelligencecareers.gov/nsa, click Job Search/Apply, and look under the Need Help section. It is absolutely imperative that complete application packages (i.e., Application resume using the NSA online resume builder (See above), a current transcript(s) covering all completed college work, and two recent LORs) arrive on/or before October 31st. Any required parts of the application received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered and your application will be closed out. IMPORTANT: When applying online, you must submit your resume by completing the online resume builder. Please email all other required documentation to Summer_SIC@nsa.gov. It is up to the applicant to ensure that the SICP program management team has received your complete documentation by the deadline date. Transcripts: Official Transcripts may be issued directly by the Registrar, or issued to you by the Registrar, and then sent with your application materials. Only originals via post, photocopies of originals via post, scanned copies of originals via e-mail (PDF format only) will be accepted. If your Registrar is capable of directly sending electronic transcripts, you are asked to have them sent directly to you and then e-mailed (PDF) to us as an attachment by you. You should not send hyperlinks for transcripts that are only accessible via a website or text versions thereof. We may ask for additional transcripts after the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Semesters end depending on your progress in the selection process. Letters of Recommendation (LOR): Two recent LORs are required and must have been written and signed in 2017 on an institutions' official letterhead.' If you applied last year (2016), you must provide two new LORs. Keep in mind that you should identify and engage with professors and/or former bosses you intend to leverage for LORs as soon as possible, preferably as soon as you complete reading this announcement. While we know many students are portrayed as 'outstanding' in the LORs, we are looking for examples and magnification of learning, skills, experience, and capabilities. The more we know about you, the better your chances. Authors may e-mail LORs directly to Summer_SIC@nsa.gov. However, the applicant should check that they have been received by the SICP team by the deadline. Applications to the SICP are incomplete without the complete required documentation. If you have applied to multiple positions, you MUST follow the instructions for each one posting and sending your requested documents to each program separately. Documents cannot be shared between programs. Again, it is up to you, the applicant, to ensure that the SICP team has received the required documentation by the deadline date. Questions If you have general questions about the Signals Intelligence Collection Program, please call 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also e-mail Summer_SIC@nsa.gov or call 443-479-3864 for specific SICP questions. PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations are provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph. This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.
The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.
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