Summer Language Program

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Posted by: National Security Agency on Sep 16, 2020


Fort Meade , MD

Job Description:

Summer Language Program:
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 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 2021 Summer Language Program is hiring students with proficiency in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, and Russian. Individuals with skills in less common languages are also encouraged to apply. The languages may change from year to year based on the Agency's projected hiring needs.

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 2021 Summer Language Program are accepted 18 May - 31 Oct 2020.

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.

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 on or before 31 October 2020. 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 as well as applying online.

Applications are not complete without the requested documentation.

If you have questions about the Summer Language Program, please email


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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