The Office of the Inspector General Summer Intern Program

National Security Agency - Fort Meade, MD

Full-time | Temporary | Internship
About the Office of Inspector General Summer Internship

Are you looking for an opportunity that will provide innovative professional work experiences that are significant and meaningful to your career and academic goals, enable you to explore the fascinating and unique world of intelligence, and give you the opportunity to serve your country? Look no further than the National Security Agency (NSA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Audit Division. NSA's OIG Audit Division Summer Intern Program offers the opportunity for training and experience in auditing multiple disciplines (e.g., program performance, cybersecurity and financial statements. The OIG Summer Internship offers full-time paid internships for undergraduate and master's degree students each year. It is a 12-week program that gives rising college seniors or graduate-level students a wide variety of opportunities to be agents for change, analyze operations for efficiency and effectiveness and deliver results to our customers to reduce program costs and provide value to NSA and the U.S. taxpayer.

You are one of the team - Day One!

You will receive training and be part of an audit team from day one. You will be assigned a supervisor and sponsor to help you quickly learn and acclimate. During your first few days on the team, you will participate in an overview to become familiar with various business functions at the NSA and within the Intelligence Community (IC). Throughout the 12-week period, you will have the opportunity to work on IG audits that provide meaningful recommendations for programmatic change within the Agency and influence the direction of the Intelligence Community and DoD.

Be the premier fact finder for the Agency!

The NSA/CSS core missions are to protect U.S. national security systems and to produce foreign signals intelligence information. In 1961, the NSA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) permanently instituted the IG function. The NSA OIG has the authority to conduct inspections, audits, investigations, special inquiries, and other reviews of programs and operations at NSA/CSS.
The NSA OIG Audit Division offers a wide variety of opportunities for individuals to broaden their knowledge of corporate Agency operations and work with a diverse staff. As a member of the NSA OIG Audit Division, the selectee will research, plan and conduct independent audits and related reviews of Agency programs and operations, in accordance with Government Audit Standards. The audits and reviews are designed to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and standards and to improve the Agency's efficiency and effectiveness.
As an NSA summer intern, you will work within an audit team evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of NSA programs. The specific audit responsibilities include:

' Assess and evaluate internal controls within the context of the audit objective;
' Identify and evaluate criteria to measure performance and evaluate compliance;
' Conduct interviews within the context of an audit or evaluation;
' Gather and analyze audit evidence and compare observed results to specified requirements in the criteria;
' Identify problems and develop recommendations to improve the Agency's efficiency and effectiveness; and
' Write work papers and reports outlining results and findings from audits and evaluations.

The selectee should be comfortable working in a team and must be able to communicate (orally and in writing) with OIG management and audit teams about technically complex issues. The selectee should demonstrate process-oriented thinking, strong problem solving-skills, and a commitment to discerning the truth.

Specific skills obtained may include:
' Gain a working knowledge of the OIG's audit processes
' Obtain hands on experience with the elements of an audit finding including criteria, condition, cause, effect and recommendations
' Gain an understanding of Government Auditing Standards
' Use OIG IT systems and tools for documentation and to enhance audit techniques

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
  • Students 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 NOT guaranteed.
  • Subsidized housing accommodations are available upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from NSA main HQs campus.
Position Summary
Join students from across the country and lend your knowledge to national security in one of NSA's over 25 summer internship programs. These 12 week paid programs run from mid-May to mid-August and are open to undergraduate freshman up to Ph.D. students depending on internship requirements. These internships are open to a wide variety of majors and give students the opportunity to work directly with mission-critical problems and experience the excitement of working directly in NSA spaces.

' Must be a U.S. citizen
' Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance
' Must be a full-time undergraduate student entering the final year of an undergraduate degree program or a graduate level student
' Minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred
' Must be available for the entire 12-week program
' Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between December 2019 and March 2020

' Major studies areas of consideration:
  • Accounting
  • Information Technology
  • Cyber Security
How To Apply - External
Applications must be submitted online at on or before October 15th. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered.

To be considered for an audit position with the Office of the Inspector General Summer Program, your application should include:
  • Official transcript (unofficial is acceptable if legible)
  • A resume
  • List of current fall semester courses and proposed spring course schedule
To submit the online application, you must use our resume builder application tool.

Transcripts may be issued directly by the Registrar, or issued to you by the Registrar, then sent with your application materials. Only originals via post, photocopies of originals via post, scanned copies of originals via email (PDF format only) will be accepted. If your Registrar is capable of directly sending electronic transcripts, please have them sent directly to you and then email the transcripts to as an attachment. Please do not send html transcripts accessible via a website or text versions thereof.

IMPORTANT: Please email all required documentation (transcript, resume) to as well as submitting an online application.
**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 will NOT be shared between programs. Applications are not complete without the requested documentation.

If you have questions about the Office of the Inspector General Summer Program, please contact us at the address above or call 1-844-NSA-HIRE. You may also e-mail or call (410) 854-4726.

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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