National Security Agency (NSA)
Recruitment and Staffing
Internship through Shriver Center, Cooperative Education through Shriver Center
Number of Openings:
Cooperative Education Program
About the Program:
You will operate under a rotational program, alternating semesters of full-time work with full-time study from entry into the program until graduation. We require a minimum of 52 weeks of co-op work experience prior to graduation. During your work tour, you will work a regular 40-hour week. Each work tour is designed to reveal the specific areas you may want to focus on as a career.
Electrical or Computer Engineering Majors
Students in the Electrical or Computer Engineering fields will be involved in the design, development, testing, and evaluation of electronic communications systems. These multi-disciplinary assignments will reach to such rapidly advancing areas as optics, lasers, acoustics, and micro-processors.
Computer Science Majors
Computer Science majors will explore high-tech opportunities such as object-oriented methodology, multimedia, data warehousing/data mining, design/analysis development of software and systems, client/server development, networking, and Internet technology.
Business, Finance, and Accounting Majors
Students studying Business, Finance and Accounting will design accounting system processes; record and analyze complex non-routine transactions; monitor financial systems operations for legal compliance and internal control purposes; prepare reports on financial status and operations for external oversight authorities; and use managerial accounting systems to help decision-makers manage cost and measure performance.
Salaries are highly competitive and determined by the percentage of credits completed toward a degree. Each 20% block of credits completed with at least a 3.0 GPA will allow you to be promoted to the next grade. Grades range from GGD-03/05 to GGD-07/01, which equates to $27,419 - $37,640 annually. These salaries include a locality-based comparability payment.
Full-time salaries, for those who return after 52 weeks of work experience at NSA, range from approximately $63,449 - $67,351 for Electrical/Computer Engineers, $59,644 - $63,526 for Computer Scientists, and $52,180 - $56,783 for Business, Finance and Accounting.
• Students who attend out-of-state schools are eligible for a round trip airline ticket to and from school or mileage reimbursement up to the cost of a government airline ticket.
• Tuition assistance
• Housing accommodations can be arranged upon request.
-Must be a U.S. citizen
-Must be a second semester college freshman or sophomore
-Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
-Must be majoring in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Business, or Accounting
-Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance
-Must be enrolled in a four-year college or university
How to Apply:
-Applications are accepted February 1st-May 15th and September 1st-December 15th of each year.
-Applications must be submitted online or postmarked on or before May 15th and/or December 15th. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packets, will not be considered.
-To submit a resume online at nsa.gov/careers during open season, click any "Apply Online" link and select "View Job Posting/Apply for Job". Under "Student Programs" select "Cooperative Education" and click on the "Search" button. Add "Cooperative Education Program" to your "Job Basket" and click on "Apply for Jobs in Basket". Follow directions as prompted.
-To be considered for the Co-op program students must submit a complete application packet that includes:
-Unofficial and official transcripts*
*Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for application purposes to verify GPA. Official transcripts will be required prior to an official employment offer.
U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. A security clearance must be granted prior to employment and you will be required to undergo extensive pre-employment processing. This includes: aptitude testing; an interview with a psychologist, a security interview conducted with the aid of a polygraph, and a personnel interview. The final stage of the processing will be the successful completion of a background investigation.
Reasonable accommodations will be provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is and 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.
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