Summer Language Program

National Security Agency - Fort Meade, MD

Full-time | Temporary
Undergraduate and graduate students will learn to analyze foreign communications for vital intelligence missions by apprenticing with experienced language analysts. Geopolitical, cultural, and technical knowledge may be used to understand both overtly stated meaning and subtly implied intent as you scan, translate, and transcribe foreign communications, then report critical information to U.S. government customers.

About The Program
The 2020 Summer Language Program is hiring college students with proficiency in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Russian, Turkish, and African languages such as Swahili and Somali. Other languages will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The Summer Language Program is a 12-week internship intended for high-potential full-time college upperclassmen and graduate students. Foreign language proficiency combined with a wide array of majors and minors will be considered for this program, which can be a one-summer or two-summer internship. The program may begin after your sophomore year, and if mutually agreeable, continue the summer after your junior year. Likewise, the program may begin the summer after your junior year and continue the summer between your senior year and your first year of graduate school. The program may also take place in the summers between years of graduate study. Participation during a second summer is encouraged but not required. At the end of your internship, an offer may be extended for you to join NSA in a full-time position after graduation.

The Summer Language Program Includes:
  • A language mentor assigned from NSA's language analysis team.
  • Hands-on operational experience.
  • Relevant job-specific briefings.
  • Job-specific training and customized language training.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Application Deadline
Applications for the 2020 Summer Language Program are accepted 15 May - 15 Oct 2019.

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

Benefits and Housing

Interns will receive the following benefits:
  • Annual leave, sick leave, and paid federal holidays.
  • Participation in agency-wide extracurricular programs.
  • Students may be eligible for transportation reimbursement to and from school.
  • Subsidized housing accommodations may be available upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from NSA main headquarters campus.
NOTE: Daily transportation to and from work is not provided. Students participating in the program are encouraged to bring a vehicle. Carpooling with other interns MAY be available but is NOT guaranteed.

Position Summary
The Summer Language Program (SLP) is a paid 12-week program that runs from the end of May through mid-August each year. This program is looking for students that can speak the critical languages that we're looking for. As an intern in the Summer Language Program, you will use your passion for foreign language and strong oral communication, written communication, and critical thinking skills to research, translate, transcribe, report, and analyze foreign intelligence. Your foreign language and English skills will provide key decision makers with a complete and accurate picture of the context within which the decision is being made (i.e. provide an understanding of the nuance, context, cultural overtones, and dialect in which the communication occurred).

Qualifications
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance.
  • Must be returning to an enrolled college student status at the conclusion of the summer internship.
  • Must have language proficiency in one of the advertised foreign languages.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is preferred.
  • A 3.5 average GPA in language/area studies courses is preferred.
  • Must be available for an operational interview, language testing, and other applicable processing at some point between June 2019 and January 2020. Must be physically in the United States as of January 2020 in order to process. Students studying abroad during the spring 2020 semester cannot be processed.
How To Apply - External
Clearance/Security Requirements
Applicants will be processed for a security clearance and will be required to pass a psychological exam, lifestyle and counterintelligence polygraph,and complete a comprehensive history form that documents your foreign travel, educational background and employment history, among other areas.

If you have spent more than 3 consecutive months abroad since graduating from high school, our security department may not have adequate time to process you for a summer internship. In general, the longer the time spent abroad, the longer the clearance process may take.

How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online at IntelligenceCareers.gov on or before 15 October 2019. Applications received after the deadline and incomplete packets will not be considered.

To submit a resume online during an open season:
  • Press on the 'Job Search/Apply' Tab at the top of the page.
  • Select 'National Security Agency.'
  • To apply, click the arrow next to the words, 'Ready to Apply?'
  • In the search box, type keywords 'Summer Language Program.'
  • Click on 'Search' and select 'Summer Language Program.'
  • Click 'Apply' and follow the directions as prompted.
To be considered for the Summer Language Program, you must submit a complete application package that includes:

  • Unofficial transcripts
  • A list of your fall courses and proposed spring courses
  • Your on-line application. Be sure to complete the College Education portion of the application. If you do not yet have a degree, list your school and your projected graduation date. You may use the Other Professional Details section of the application to include any additional relevant information, such as language immersions, scholarships, interests, etc.
IMPORTANT: Please email transcripts and the requested fall/spring course lists to Summer_Lang@nsa.gov as well as applying online.

Applications are not complete without the requested documentation.

Questions
If you have questions about the Summer Language Program, please email summer_interns@nsa.gov or you may also call 1-866-NSA-HIRE or (410) 854-4726.

***PLEASE NOTE:
U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations 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.

DCIPS Disclaimer
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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