Start in early fall semester for the next summer
Most applications due Sept and Oct and decisions made by the end of Dec.
- If a security clearance is needed it takes up to 6 mos.
- Search the internet – under “national security internships” and similar phrases – you will get good results
Government and IC jobs.
Search daily – general guidelines
- Use https://www.usajobs.gov/ and search for your agency and/or your field of interest
- Search for new entries daily or set up an auto e-mail update
- Apply to many and note your are an IC-CAE Scholar (spell it out), have studied abroad, write well, have technical or language skills
- Apply only for ones for which you qualify
- USAJOBS advertises all regular government jobs –https://www.usajobs.gov/
- The Pathways Programs offer clear paths to Federal jobs – https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads
- Internship Program: This program is for current students. Here search for locations where you would go to school – for example DC if you plan to enroll in a graduate program there.
- Recent Graduates Program and Presidential Management Fellows Program: These program is for individuals who have recently graduated
Hints: Search usajobs.gov twice a day as positions sometimes are open less than a day or close after a certain number of applications. We suggest checking at 10AM and 10PM MDT. You should use the advanced search to add “security” as a search word along with “internship” and also a field if you wish. If you find a good match then use the “More Like This” button to find others. Some internships (such as NSA) are not under Pathways or even in usajobs.gov, so set up multiple searches until your find enough opportunities. Also have a resume ready and apply once a position you want is found
Non Goverment e.g., Contractors for the government – SNL, LANL and other DOE labs are NOT government and some opportunities are not listed on usajobs.gov.
Find intern positions through general searches such as http://www.indeed.com but avoid the employment agencies. Again search these sites under “internship” and “national security”.
DOE and DOD contractors all have internships at their government facilities. For example:
SNL Intern positions
- Go to www.sandia.gov/careers
- Enter “Student” into keywords field
- Select a Student Intern job posting and click “Apply Now”
AFRL has a national intern program and has two directorates in Albuquerque with intern positions.
U.S. Government Pre-Employment Language Programs
Central Intelligence Agency University – International Language Institute (CIAU ILI)
Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC)
English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) Program
Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Award
Intensive Summer Language Institutes (ISLI)
The Language Flagship
National Language Security Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
The Olmsted Scholar Program
Student Internship Opportunities within the U.S. Intelligence Community (2014-2015)
The 2015 SHAPE Internship – The Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) has an Internship Programme which provides current and recent students with the opportunity to intern with the SHAPE international community at Mons, Belgium. The SHAPE Internship Program (SIP) is part of the Supreme Allied Commander Europe’s (SACEUR) larger campaign to elevate and improve SHAPE’s and Allied Command Operations’ (ACO) visibility.
The NATO Defense College Internship Programme – Aims to provide a small number of current students or recent graduates (degree obtained no longer than 12 months ago) with the opportunity to “intern” with the NDC in Rome. Candidates studying Political Science, International Relations, Security Studies, Library Science, Media Studies, Journalism, Computer Science (or related studies) are invited to apply. Internships will, in principle, last 5 months, and a total of 8 candidates will be selected every year. Deadline September for Internship period March-July .
2015 NATO Internship Programme – The aim of the programme is to provide a small number of current or recent students with the opportunity to intern with the International Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels and in a few other NATO bodies. Desired majors include – Political Science, International Relations, Security Studies, Economics, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Web or Graphic design, Library Sciences, Aeronautics, Engineering, Media, Journalism, Russian, Arabic, among many others and an ability to conduct independent reserach and analysis. There is one call for applications per year in Spring with two starting dates, in March and in September the following year. Internships will in principle last 6 months.
START Internships – The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), at the University of Maryland is looking for interns with a wide array of skills and majors. We will consider current and recently graduated undergraduates and graduates. In addition to the experience gained during their internship, interns will also receive mentoring, training and be able to participate in a calendar or professional development activities. START is also willing to work with departments to enable their students to undertake our internships for credit. Our internships are unpaid and students must be able to undertake their work hours at START at the University of Maryland College Park. Check link for application deadline for Spring internship.
Internships in Israel & Palestine – The internships will be related to Conflict Resolution, Politics, International Relations, Human Rights, Sociology/Anthropology, Economics, or Business and Finance in Israel and Palestine.Over 9 weeks, students participate in a seminar on Arab – Israeli relations and spend their weeks interning for an organization in either the Palestinian territories–Ramallah, Bethlehem–or Israel–Jerusalem, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Nazareth, and other locations. Spring deadline for internship.
National Center for Toxicological Research and U.S. Food and Drug Administration Internships – This program is designed for science and mathematics students preparing for future careers in toxicology, regulatory science, or related scientific disciplines. Selected individuals will participate in research projects on the biological effect of potentially toxic chemicals and the solutions to toxicology problems that have a major impact on human health and the environment.The appointment period is for up to 10 weeks during the summer. The participant will receive a stipend depending on education level and experience. Spring application deadline.
Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) Internship – WINS provides participants with the experiential learning opportunity of a professional DC internship.Participants intern at an agency for 35-40 hours each week. Recent participants have interned with Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Labor, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration, Department of Justice, Department of Defense, Department of the Treasury, Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation etc. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Apply early for the best opportunities.
In addition to the full-time internship, WINS students are required to take classes at American University two to three evenings per week. Each WINS student receives 9 credit hours for the fall or spring program and 6 credit hours for the summer program. American University sends a transcript to each student’s home school so that credits and grades are acknowledged. The credit may be transferred toward the student’s degree program. General priority deadlines – Fall: First Friday in June, Spring: First Friday in October, Summer: First Friday in February.
IC Virtual Career Fair – Explore career opportunities, chat with recruiters and subject matter experts, and learn how to apply for job openings by joining IC Virtual Career Fair on 19 February, 2015 from 4-10 p.m. MT. Register now. Go to ICVirtualFair.com to RSVP. Spots assigned on first come first serve basis.
DIA Summer Seminar – This seminar has formerly been called the National Security Analysis and Intelligence Summer Seminar (NSAISS). This two-week program is designed to give a group of rising senior undergraduates, graduate students and recent graduates an advanced exposure to the intelligence field, with a focus on the discipline of analysis. Community Insights participants will interact with former and current IC leaders, intelligence analysts and experts through a curriculum of intelligence and national security lectures, demonstrations, scenarios, simulations, and agency site visits. Attendees will learn about internships and employment opportunities throughout the IC. Travel and per diem costs for attendees are paid by the CAE Program Office. NSSP scholars interested in attending should contact NSSP for further information.
ACT Internship Programme – The HQ SACT Internship Programme 2016 aims to provide a small number of current or recent students with the opportunity to ‘intern’ with HQ SACT in Norfolk, Virginia or at the Joint Analysis Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC) in Monsanto, Portugal. Interns will benefit by gaining understanding of an International Organization, while substantiating their Curriculum Vitae. All internship placements will be for a six month period, with start dates to be determined individually (in principle, in Spring and Fall). Interns will be paid a lump sum of approximately $1,100 per month and will be reimbursed for travel costs on joining and separation from the Headquarters, subject to the internship regulations in force.
U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program – This program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships that provide intensive educational and professional experience within the environment of America’s principle foreign affairs agency.
The unpaid internships are available at many of the over 265 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S. Participants gain first-hand, hands-on experience, and learn the realities of working in – and with – Foreign and Civil Service professionals who are at the forefront of America’s diplomatic efforts.
Critical Languages Research Analyst Program – The U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) has unclassified open source analysis units in the Washington, DC area to conduct research related to national security issues. We are looking for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students who can conduct native language research on the internet, apply social science research methods to identify social and political trends, and critically analyze and present information Applicants will be tested for fluency in Arabic, Burmese, Cambodian/Khmer, Dari, Farsi, Georgian, Hindi, Japanese, Kurdish, Lao, Mandarin, Pashto, Russian, Somali, Turkish, Turkmen, Urdu, Uzbek, or Vietnamese. This will be a paid position for a 40 hour work week for a maximum of 10 weeks. The hourly rate will be commensurate with education and experience. There are no benefits other than free parking. Work location is not easily accessible by public transportation.
Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Summer School – The Department of Homeland Security (Domestic Nuclear Detection Office – National Technical Nuclear Forensics Center) is sponsoring a summer school for undergraduate students interested in an intensive introduction to nuclear forensics. Students must be US citizens to apply.In its fourth year, this six-week summer school is held on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus in Las Vegas, NV is designed to provide comprehensive, experimental, hands-on training in topics essential to nuclear forensics as a means of interesting students in pursuing graduate studies in technical fields related to nuclear forensics. Each student will receive housing, one meal per day Monday through Friday and a $5,000 stipend. A portion of the stipend will be used to cover travel costs to and from UNLV. Spring deadline to apply for summer internship.
DC Internship Program – Spend a summer in Washington, DC making an investment in your future that will help set you apart after college. The comprehensive program sponsored by The Fund for American Studies includes a guaranteed government affairs internship placement, courses for transferable credit, and furnished housing in downtown Washington. Application deadline for Spring Semester program is November 5. Early deadline is October 1.
The Presidential Management Fellows Program – The PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order and has gone through many changes over the years. The Program attracts and selects the best candidates possible, but is really designed with a more narrow focus – developing a cadre of potential government leaders. It provides some sustenance during the first years of employment and encourages development of leadership capabilities. The PMF Program inculcates a lasting bond as well as a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in the government. Application period is in the fall.
Internships at the Office of Senator Martin Heinrich – Working in a Congressional office can be an incredibly rewarding and exciting experience. Intern with Senator Martin Heinrich and/or explore the White House Internship. Interns in Senator Martin Heinrich’s Capitol office in Washington, D.C. draft constituent correspondence, attend briefings and Congressional hearings, and prepare memoranda for Senator Heinrich and members of his staff. Interns in the District Office in Albuquerque, NM conduct research, assist with constituent casework and draft correspondence. Interns in both offices assist with answering phones, data entry and general office systems operations. Interns are an important part of Senator Heinrich’s staff. There is no application deadline. Interns are accepted throughout the year on both a full and part-time basis. Priority is given to applicants from New Mexico, although all interested persons are encouraged to apply. Selection is based on an applicant’s general office and computer experience, interview, and a short writing sample.
Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship – The Fellowship welcomes applications from young people interested in careers of international service. For those who want to become Foreign Services Officers in the U.S. Department of State, The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program provides benefits of up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies, and provides professional development and support activities. Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master’s program in a U.S. institution to study any area of relevance to the Foreign Service, including international relations, public policy, public administration, languages, or business administration. Upon successful completion of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2014, must have GPAs of at least 3.2, and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University.
CIA Student Opportunities
Apply to participate in one of the outstanding student work programs at the CIA, including undergraduate student internships or undergraduate co-ops, and graduate studies programs. The application deadline for Summer 2015 is October 15, 2014. The application period for the Undergraduate Scholarship Program is August 1 – November 15. Applications for winter, spring, and fall employment should be sent nine to twelve months before the desired start date.
- Academic Semester Internship Program – DIA’s Academic Semester Internship Program (ASIP) provides promising undergraduate seniors and graduate students enrolled as full-time degree-seeking students at U.S. accredited universities and colleges, located within commutable distances to DIA locations, the opportunity to gain practical work experience in intelligence analysis while enrolled in classes. The Agency offers a limited number of paid academic semester internships. Interns can be appointed for two semesters (depending on the university calendar) normally beginning in September. Students may be extended for a second semester, and are employed as part-time temporary employees (working between 16 and 20 hours per week). All interns must be granted a security clearance and successfully pass a drug screening test prior to being made a final offer.
- Cooperative Education Program – DIA’s Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program provides a select number of talented undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in combination with their academic studies. This is an excellent opportunity for students seeking to serve their country to participate in the critical work of the Agency through an extended work period.Co-ops are often selected from academic institutions with recognized Co-op programs, though not exclusively. You must be eligible to work a six-month period during your academic career. You will be considered a full-time, temporary employee during the six-month Co-op. You’ll be provided with increasingly challenging assignments that are commensurate with your academic training and ability to assume additional responsibilities.
- Operation Warfighter Initiative – The Operation Warfighter Initiative was established by the Department of Defense (DoD) in 2006. The Initiative calls on Federal agencies to identify temporary assignments and opportunities for service members convalescing at military medical centers in the National Capital Region. The goal of the Initiative is to match service members with opportunities that utilize both their military and non-military skills, thereby creating productive assignments that are beneficial to both the service member and the employer. Service members on medical hold, even if assigned to the National Guard and/or a Reserve Component unit, are eligible to participate in the Initiative’s objectives. DIA does not pay service member’s salary, as they are being paid by their respective service. Send a resume and a brief description of the type of temporary assignment you are seeking to: Ginny Cwalina, Virginia.Cwalina@dia.mil.
- Summer Intern Program – DIA’s Summer Intern Program provides promising undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain practical work experience in the areas of analysis, research, report writing, oral briefings, policy development, program management, and computer applications related to the intelligence field. Interns are appointed for a 10-week period from June through August, as full-time, temporary employees. All interns must be granted a security clearance and successfully pass a drug screening test prior to being made a final offer. Check website for deadlines.
- Undergraduate Training Assistance Program – A small number of high-achieving and committed secondary school seniors and /or college freshman and sophomores interested in a career in public service will be offered tuition assistance to accredited colleges or universities, provided challenging summer work, and guaranteed a position in their field of study upon graduation from this highly competitive program. Minorities, women and the disabled needing financial assistance to complete their undergraduate education are strongly encouraged to apply. Students will attend classes full-time during the academic year, and work at DIA during the summer in positions related to their course of study. While in school, students must maintain an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 for the freshman year and 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) for each semester/quarter thereafter.
A wide range of student-focused programs are available within the DOE to keep a steady stream of bright and motivated new talent flowing into the DOE workforce. Based on student’s current circumstances and goals, he/she can explore the full range of opportunities offered by the DOE student programs, internships, and entry-level positions. The website has not been updated yet. Students are encouraged to contact the relevant DOE program office on their own to find out current year’s deadlines.
- National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Career Pathways Program – The Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Career Pathways Program is an innovative employment program targeting students and recent college graduates. The new Pathways regulations took effect on July 10, 2012. Click here for most recent information on their internship program, recent graduates program, and the presidential management fellows program.
- The NNSA Graduate Program is a 12-month, full-time, salaried fellowship program administered by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. It provides participants with specialized training and practical experience on projects and initiatives that contribute to a safer world. In addition to gaining valuable experience working with federal government programs, participants have opportunities to collaborate with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as well as other government agencies, national laboratories, and non-governmental organizations.
- DOE Scholars Program – The program familiarizes students with DOE functions while showcasing student’s education, talent, and skills. Appointments are available in a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide. The DOE Scholars Program presents you with the opportunity to explore a federal career with DOE at various stages in your education.
- Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship – The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy, provides opportunities to women and minority students who are pursuing a degree in science, technology (IT), engineering, or mathematics (STEM majors). The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) offers paid internships to qualified students to gain experience in DOE/FE mission-related research programs.
- DOE Office of General Counsel Internship Program – The Office of General Counsel offers semester and summer internship opportunities for law students and undergraduates. Internships offer students an opportunity to gain firsthand exposure to cutting-edge issues in energy law and policy and experience in a number of energy-related practice areas, including: energy efficiency, nuclear security and non-proliferation, renewable technologies, alternate fuels vehicles, environmental compliance, intellectual property, alternative dispute resolution, and loan guarantee programs. For law students as well asundergraduate students, review of applications for the fall semester will begin on August 1, for spring semester on October 15, and for the summer on February 1.
- Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program (MEISPP) – The Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program offers talented undergraduate and graduate students summer internship positions with the U.S. Department of Energy and its national laboratories. Positions involve scientific research or a focus on policy, business, and government relations. All internships include paid lodging, round trip airfare, and monetary compensation.
- Minority Serving Institution Internship Program – National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) strives to recruit and hire a highly skilled work-force representing America’s rich diversity. Highly motivated and high-performing undergraduate or graduate student attending participating Minority Serving Institution (MSI). Students gain real-world work experience related to their academic background at world-class scientific facilities or Federal offices across the country. Positions are located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and at our Federal field offices, laboratories, and manufacturing plants. NNSA has facilities in Albuquerque, N.M.; Kansas City, Mo.; Livermore, Calif.; Los Alamos, N.M.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Amarillo, Texas; Aiken, S.C.; and Oak Ridge, Tenn. Selections are made each spring for summer placement. No deadline given. Please contact your university’s career center for application procedures.
- Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship – SULI encourages undergraduate students to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers by providing research experiences at the DOE National Laboratories. They perform research under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers on projects related to ongoing programs.
- DOE Student Ambassador Program – Energy Student Ambassadors represent the Department of Energy (DOE) on college campuses across the nation. Ambassadors increase awareness, knowledge, and interest in the DOE’s mission; and vast career and educational opportunities. Ambassadors receive a total of $3000 for the academic year and up to $1000 in competitive performance incentives.
- DOE Student Competitions – The DOE hosts several student competitions with different criteria and deadlines.
- National Laboratories Internships – For more information on internships at our National Labs, please visit these links:
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Sandia National Laboratory
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory
The Department of Homeland Security offers a variety of prestigious scholarships, fellowships, internships and training opportunities to expose talented students to the broad national security mission.
- Cybersecurity Internship Program – Ten week, full-time, paid internship in Washington DC. The Cybersecurity Internship Program is designed to give current students an opportunity to work alongside of cyber leaders with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
- Office of Health Affairs Volunteer Scholars Program – Part-time or full-time (4 weeks or 160 hours) unpaid opportunities in Washington DC to enhance public awareness and promote the dissemination of homeland security-related health care issues by providing scholarly and developmental opportunities to a broad-based audience of capable scholars. Application deadline – December 1, March 1, June 1, and September 1. All applications must be received at least six months prior to the requested start date.
- DHS Scholarship Program – Check link for current contact information to request application and deadline information.
- National HS-STEM Summer Internship Program – The internship program provides undergraduate juniors and seniors the opportunity to work with homeland security professionals and researchers for up to ten weeks during the summer. Participants are provided a stipend and conduct research in DHS mission-relevant research areas at federal research facilities and DHS Centers of Excellence. The next competition cycle will open soon.
- Summer Research Team Program – Early career faculty and up to two students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) are selected as teams to participate in the program. The team conducts research at one of the twelve U.S. Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence and their partners for ten weeks during the summer. The program is designed to provide research opportunities to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at MSIs in research areas that support the mission and goals of the Department.
- Nuclear Forensics Graduate Fellowship (NFGF) Program – The NFGF program provides support to graduate students pursing doctoral degrees in nuclear, geochemical, and other disciplines directly related to nuclear forensics.Fellows gain unique, hands-on experience through laboratory practicums and close interaction with technical and policy experts throughout the nuclear forensics community. 12-month initial appointment renewable for up to a total of 60 months or 5 years. Each fellow will receive a monthly stipend of $2,100, and tuition is paid directly to the university.
- Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Scholarship Program (NFUSP) – The NFUSP introduces undergraduate physics, chemistry, and nuclear engineering students to nuclear forensics programs at Department of Homeland Security- sponsored facilities. The program is designed to encourage science and engineering students to become interested in nuclear forensics as a career option and is a complementary program to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Nuclear Forensics Graduate Fellowship Program. 9-to-12 week summer research period at a national laboratory, and a fall term to complete and present the research. Scholarship recipients will receive $10,000 and participate in developmental activities.
- Seaborg Institute Nuclear Science Summer Internship Program – This specialized internship program seeks graduate and outstanding undergraduate students from research universities across the nation to work in critical skills areas related to nuclear forensics. 8-10 week internship at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California and at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico. Application deadline for 2014 has not been announced yet.
- Nuclear Forensics Undergraduate Summer School – This program is designed to provide undergraduate students with comprehensive, experimental, hands-on training in topics essential to nuclear forensics. Six week internship at University of Missouri, Columbia. Each student will receive a room, one meal per day, and a stipend that includes travel.
- Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) College Intern Program – The FLETC College Intern Program provides a unique opportunity for college students majoring in criminal justice, criminology, or a related field of study from across the country, to participate in a federal law enforcement training environment. 12 weeks paid internship at Glynco, GA. Interns receive a per diem rate of $49/day, including weekends and holidays while at FLETC, to offset incidental expenses, meals, and personal expenses.
- CBP Explorer Program – CBP has unpaid Law Enforcement Explorer Posts, both at ports of entry and at Border Patrol sectors, which provide Explorers with practical training and hands-on experience in federal law enforcement-related activities. The program is available to candidates through age 21. Applications are accepted throughout the year.
- Office of the General Counsel Summer Law Intern Program – The Summer Law Intern Program is a competitive program for compensated positions in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) headquarters located in Washington D.C. It includes an extensive orientation on the operating divisions of DHS and the federal government. Students are encouraged to contact the relevant program office on their own to find out current year’s deadlines.
- Office of the General Counsel Volunteer Legal Intern/Extern Program – The Office of the General Counsel accepts volunteer interns and externs during the academic year. These positions are without compensation but are highly sought-after because of the responsibility and experience they offer. Applications are accepted throughout the year.
- Student Volunteer Program – The Student Volunteer Program is a government-wide mechanism that allows students to work in the Department of Homeland Security as volunteers for valuable work experience directly related to their academic field of study. Though unpaid, students hired through the Student Volunteer Program may receive educational credit for their internship.
- Student Internship Program has replaced the Student Career Experience Program and the Student Temporary Employment Program. – The Internship Program offer students short and long term internship opportunities, which allow for the exploration of a Federal career while being paid for the work performed. Within 120 days of successful completion, some participants may be non-competitively converted to a permanent position or a term position lasting one to four years.
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) History Office and Library Services Internship Program – Unpaid internship in Washington D.C. Student Interns will assist the History Office and Library staff in providing well-researched responses to reference requests, performing primary source research both in the library’s collection and at the National Archives, and developing content for the USCIS History and Genealogy website. Spring Semester deadline: previous October 30. Summer Semester deadline: Feb 4. Fall Semester deadline: June 1.
The U.S. Department of State offers a number of internship and fellow ship opportunities for high school, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for working professionals. The DOS is looking for diverse, culturally aware, adaptable, well-rounded and strategic problem-solvers, who are committed to experiencing a public service opportunity. Click here to access aquick guide to applying for the U.S. Dept. of State Student Experience Program.
- Dept. of State Student Internship Program – This program, for students with a minimum of 60 credit hours or greater, provides the opportunity to work in U.S. Embassies throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices spread around the United States. This unpaid program is designed to provide substantive experiences in a Foreign Affairs environment.
- Dept. of State Pathways Internship Program – This program includes both the Internship Temporary Program (ITEP) an the Internship Experience Program (IEP). Both programs provide students with opportunities to explore Federal careers while being paid for the work performed. See website for application dealine information.
- Virtual Student Foreign Service – The Virtual Student Foreign Service is part of a growing effort by the State Department to harness technology and a commitment to global service among young people to facilitate new forms of diplomatic engagement. Working from college and university campuses in the United States and throughout the world, eInterns (American students working virtually) are partnered with our U.S. diplomatic posts overseas and State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and the U.S. Commercial Service domestic offices to conduct digital diplomacy that reflects the realities of our networked world. The application process typically opens in July each year.
- Benjamin Kane Gupta fellows– The U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships and George Washington University School of Business have launched a fellowship program for elite MBA students to learn the art of crafting international public-private partnerships to create prosperity and improve lives around the world. For application and further information contact email@example.com
- Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) – The Dept. of State has partnered with the Dept. of Labor and the Dept. of Defense to hire college students with disabilities. The WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects us to highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities. These are paid, full-time summer positions in Washington, D.C.To be eligible for the WRP, students must be current, full-time undergraduate or graduate students with a disability, or have graduated within one year of the release of the database each March. Students must be U.S. citizens. Eligible students should share this information with their school’s disability services or career services coordinator, and ask him or her to contact the WRP Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. WRP does not respond to inquiries from individual students.
- The Council of American Ambassadors Fellowship – The Council of American Ambassadors provides six fellowships that combines mentoring by former U.S. ambassadors, practical training through internships at the U.S. Department of State and, in cooperation with The Fund for American Studies, academic studies in international affairs at Georgetown University, as well as residential housing on campus. The Fellowship provides a $6,000 award to each student that is applied to cover the cost of summer program.The Fellowships are open to undergraduate students who have completed their junior year prior to the commencement of their internships. The fellowship pays for six credit hours at Georgetown University and offer eight weeks of paid residential housing on Georgetown University’s campus. The U.S. Department of State will forward applicants chosen for internships in Washington, D.C., and who have authorized the Department to provide their information to other organizations, to the Council of American Ambassadors for consideration. The Council will invite eligible candidates to apply for the Fellowship and provide the application instructions.
- The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship – The Fellowship will provide a $5,000 award for two U.S. college students to work in the U.S. embassies in Paris and London and one U.S. college student to work in a component of the Office of the Secretary. The Fellowships are available during summer sessions only.The U.S. Department of State will forward applicants for internships in London or Paris or in a component of the Office of the Secretary, and who have authorized the Department to provide their information to other organizations, to The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship Program for consideration. Application and other inquiries should be sent to: email@example.com
- Critical Language Scholarship – A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages for summer 2015. The selection process is administered by American Councils for International Education with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.
- Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program for undergraduate and graduate students – The undergraduate program provides funding upto $40,000 per academic year for the senior year of college and the first year of graduate school. The graduate program provides funding upto $40,000 per academic year of a two year master’s degree program. Both program provide a paid domestic internship in Washington DC, a paid overseas internship, preparation to become a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Dept. of State, and participation in a network of Pickering Fellows. Deadlines are typically in January and February, check the website in October for details.
The Department of the Treasury is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining a top-quality diverse workforce. Pathways, short for the Pathways Program, are a new series of programs developed by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to reform the student hiring programs across the government. The Pathways Programs contains three main hiring options: Internship Program, Recent Graduate Program, and the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program.The Pathways Programs regulations are currently in draft but please keep visiting the website for up-to-date information on what Pathways will look like at Treasury, and eventually what opportunities exist for student hiring.
DEA student and intern programs focus on opening doors to the exciting world of law enforcement careers through pre-professional work experiences that are relevant, meaningful to your academic or career-related goals and from a variety of disciplines that DEA employs. For information on student employment opportunities, please call 1-202-307-4088.
FBI employees are responsible for protecting and defending the United States against terrorists and spies; upholding and enforcing the criminal laws of the United States; and providing leadership and criminal justice services to our international, federal, state, and local partners.
- FBI Honors Internship Program – Full time undergraduate and graduate students may apply.
- FBI Volunteer Internship Program – The FBI Volunteer Internship Program is an unpaid internship opportunity that offers undergraduates, graduates or post-doctorate students throughout the country an exciting insider’s view of FBI operations and an opportunity to explore career opportunities within the Bureau. The FBI does not limit the applicant pool to any specific area of study. Internship applicants are drawn from a wide range of academic areas.
As a member of NGA’s elite student workforce, you will see first-hand how the work you are doing supports homeland security, disaster relief, and our nation’s warfighters.
- NGA Internships – NGA averages about 40-60 student vacancies at its facilities (Springfield and St. Louis). A limited number of summer employment opportunities may be available at other NGA locations, such as Denver. Students earn competitive salaries, receive a security clearance, earn annual and sick leave and are eligible for paid holidays. Many of our students participate in the Advantage Fitness Program and work a flexible schedule. Student employment assignments are based on entry level professional job descriptions and will involve a great deal of independent work under the guidance of a senior level supervisor and mentor. NGA will consider successful interns for permanent hire based on our hiring needs and will make every effort to place successful student employees who are interested in converting to permanent NGA positions.
- NGA Temporary Hire Student Internships – Temporary Hire Students perform a variety of functions and tasks in support of the organization to which they are assigned. Work assignments will involve problem identification, analysis, and resolution. Specific duties may include the preparation and presentation of briefings directly related to work assigned. Temporary Student Hire appointment terminates upon graduation or when the student no longer attends school, even if the expiration date on the current appointment has not been reached.
- NGA Scholarships – NGA currently participates in two scholarship programs of interest to student applicants. The NGAStokes Scholarship Program is designed for high-achieving college undergraduates who have demonstrated financial need and interest in a career with NGA. Scholars will receive tuition assistance, provided challenging summer work and guaranteed a position in their field of study upon graduation. Applications will be accepted October 11. NGA is also a participating placement site for scholars in the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) program. This Department of Defense scholarship for service program supports undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
Students assigned to the NRO will be provided an opportunity to learn multiple aspects of the organization from some of the nation’s top scientists and engineers. Students will be assigned meaningful and challenging projects while earning a competitive income and gaining invaluable and resume building experience.
- Athena Recon Scholarship Program – The NRO Athena Recon Scholarship Program offers four undergraduate rising seniors full-time employment in a Federal Government position. Participants will complete a two-year Professional Development Plan developed by the NRO. At the end of the second year, the NRO will provide full-time academic sponsorship for participants to obtain a master’s degree in a field related to their area of responsibility. Upon completion of the master’s degree, a six-year service obligation will be required. There is no specific deadline mentioned on the website. For more information about the Athena Recon Scholarship Program, contact the NRO Office of Strategic Human Capital at 1-800-306-6990 x2102 or email StrategicStaffingGroup@nro.mil.
- NRO Summer Research Program for Cadets, Midshipmen and Air Force ROTC – The intent of this program is to provide meaningful research and development-based exchange between the NRO and military service academies and Air Force ROTC by allowing senior cadets and midshipmen the opportunity to experience and gain first-hand exposure to government research and development efforts and programs. There is no specific deadline mentioned on the website. For more information about the NRO Summer Research Program, contact the NRO Office of Strategic Human Capital at 1-800-306-6990 x2102 or email StrategicStaffingGroup@nro.mil.
- Naval Acquisition Internship Program (NAIP) for Active Duty Navy – The NAIP provides highly qualified and talented entry-level college graduates an opportunity for rapid advancement, regular promotions, systematic development, career broadening assignments and graduate education through a structured, systematic career development process using a career field Master Development Plan (MDP). The intern is an employee of the NACC and is assigned to a specific command’s acquisition organization which is designated as the intern’s “Homeport.” The NRO, through the Navy Element, is a participating organization that acts as a Homeport for the NAIP participants. During the program (two to three years), the interns are expected to complete DAWIA certification at Levels 1 and 2. Interns are currently hired into Information Technology (IT), Program Management (PM), Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering (SPRDE)Business, and Cost Estimating and Financial Management (BCEFM) career fields.There is no specific deadline mentioned on the website. The Navy NAIP Coordinator can be contacted at 703-808-6289 (NAVY) or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NSA offers internships, co-op program, scholarships, and work study programs that help students develop and shape their career well before their studies are through.
- Computer Science Intern Program (CSIP) – The CSIP is an intense and exciting 12-week immersive internship open to select college undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Computer Science or closely related disciplines. Interns are assigned to projects that contribute to NSA’s mission. Projects culminate in a short presentation and technical paper. Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level. Application deadline October 31.
- Cryptanalysis and Exploitation Services Summer Program (CES SP) (formerly MSEP) – The CES SP runs from the end of May through the middle of August and is open to students majoring in mathematics or computer science. A background in both math and computer science is desired. These programs afford the opportunity to “earn while you learn” by providing hands-on experience during a 12-week paid work assignment. Assignments are based on the student’s experience and academic status. These intense 12-week programs give the brightest mathematics and computer science students in America’s colleges and universities the chance to put their problem-solving skills to the test and receive valuable work experience at the same time. Students participating in the programs have the opportunity to learn cryptomathematical theory and to apply the theory to operational problems. Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level. Applications accepted September 1 to October 15th.
- Signals Intelligence Collection (SIC) Program – The SIC brings college students into the SIGINT world for internships during the summers after their freshman, sophomore, and junior years. This program permits such students to actively participate in or support on-going SIGINT Collection operations that satisfy national intelligence needs. As a CAP Intern, you will work directly under the guidance of veteran SIGINT Collection professionals managing specific collection operations; have the opportunity to travel to a SIGINT field site (funds permitting); and work with a senior mentor to develop career aspirations in the Cryptologic Access arena. CAP Interns will be hired on a Temporary Appointment for a term no more than 12 weeks following the beginning of the internship. A subsequent application is required to participate in the program in later summers during the intern’s undergraduate career. Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level. Applications are accepted September 1st – October 31st.
- Cyber Summer Program (CSP) – The Cyber Summer Program (CSP) is the National Security Agency’s premier outreach effort to the very best undergraduate and graduate computer science and engineering students in the country. Each summer up to 16 exceptional students to participate in a 12-week program where they work together, and in teams, directly with NSA technical professionals on mission-critical cyber-related problems. Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level. Applications are accepted September 1st – October 31st.
- Director’s Summer Program (DSP) – The DSP is a 12-week program that runs from the end of May through mid-August each year and is open to students majoring in mathematics. Computer science majors with either a minor in math or a strong math curriculum may also apply. Each summer, exceptional undergraduate students to put their problem-solving skills to the test in mathematics, cryptology and communications technology. These problems often involve applications of abstract algebra, geometry, number theory, probability, statistics, combinatorics, graph theory, algorithms, computer science and analysis. State-of-the-art computing resources are available to all students. Computational algebra packages, including Mathematica, MATLAB, Magma and MAPLE are available, in addition to a variety of statistics packages. Students are paid a salary commensurate with their education level. Applications are accepted September 1st – October 15.
- HR Intern Program – exciting 12-week internship open to select college undergraduates majoring in Human Resources. You will gain practical HR experience while putting your intelligence to work in the U.S. Intelligence Community, working for the world’s technology leader and top cryptologic organization. As an NSA HR Intern you will spend the summer working in one of these specialty areas: Total Compensation, Recruitment, or Global HR Service Delivery. Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level. Applications are accepted September 1st – October 31st.
- Installation & Logistics Intern Program (I&L) – The Installation & Logistics (I&L) Intern Programs are the National Security Agency’s newest programs for careers in the project management, logistics, supply chain management, business management, architecture, and electrical, power, mechanical and civil engineering fields. I&L Interns are hired on a Temporary Appointment for a 12-week term. The program consists of direct involvement with selected NSA facilities construction/renovation projects from design through construction, commissioning, activation and occupancy. Interns are also involved in ensuring that projects run according to schedule, are cost effective, and meet customer objectives. Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level. Applications are accepted September 1st – October 31st.
- Intelligence Analysis Summer Program – NSA’s Intelligence Analysis Summer Program is an intensive 12-week program that runs from the end of May through mid-August for undergraduates entering the final year of an undergraduate degree program (juniors at the time of application). Participants receive training in current analytic tools and tradecraft, conduct extensive independent research using numerous databases, prepare findings in a variety of formats and deliver a final project report to the sponsoring analytic organization. Major studies areas of consideration: International affairs, Intelligence/Security studies, Regional studies, Geography, Anthropology, Political Science (international topics). Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level. Applications are accepted September 1st – October 15th.
- Occupational Health, Environmental and Safety Services (OHESS) Intern Program – The NSA Occupational Health, Environmental and Safety Services Intern Program is an intense and exciting 12-week internship open to select college undergraduates majoring in Industrial Hygiene, Occupational Safety and Health, Biology, Chemistry or Environmental Science. Interns will gain practical Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Safety and Health within the Office of Occupational Health Environmental and Safety Services (OHESS). Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level. Applications are accepted September 1st – October 31st.
- Semester Intern Program for Science and Technology (SIP/ST) – The Semester Intern Program for Science and Technology (SIP/ST) is a full time 16-week internship program open to college juniors who are concentrating their studies in the disciplines of computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, computer systems engineering, network engineering or telecommunications. The SIP/ST participants have an opportunity to work with leading computer scientists and engineers on the nation’s toughest cyber problems while enhancing their skills in assignments related to their major. The students work closely with a project mentor on a specific, mission-focused problem while learning in an exciting high-tech environment. Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level. TApplications are accepted September 1st – October 31st.
- Summer Language Program – The Summer Language Program is an intensive 12-week intern program intended for high-potential college upperclassman and graduate students.As an apprentice to senior NSA language analysts, you’ll gain intensive experience exploiting communications for vital intelligence missions. You’ll also have the unique opportunity for multi-dimensional and cross-disciplinary growth in analytical skills. The Summer Language program is currently hiring students studying Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Pashto, Persian-Farsi, Russian and Urdu. The languages may change from year to year based on the Agency’s projected hiring needs. Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level. Applications are accepted September 1st – October 15th each year.
- Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance (SIP/IA) – The Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance (SIP/IA) is a full-time, 12-week program open to select college upperclassman and graduate students who are concentrating their studies in the disciplines of information assurance. To participate in this program, the student must return to school for at least one semester following the internship. Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level. Applications are accepted September 1st – October 31st.
- Co-operative Education Program – Interns operate under a rotational program, alternating semesters of full-time work with full-time study from entry into the program until graduation. NSA requires a minimum of 52 weeks of co-op work experience prior to graduation. Salaries are highly competitive and determined by the percentage of credits completed toward a degree. Each 20 percent block of credits completed with at least a 3.0 GPA will allow you to be promoted to the next grade. Applications are accepted February 1st – May 15th and September 7th – December 15th of each year.
- Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) – The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration (ASD (NII)) annually announces a Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) grant and scholarship competition. The application period opens each November when the National Security Agency (NSA) issues the annual Solicitation for Proposal, with complete application procedures, to the CAEs (UNM is a CAE). Scholarship applications are processed through the CAE to be attended and students must meet their school’s internal application deadline. CAE proposals to NSA must be postmarked no later than February 28th.
- The SMART Program – The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. SMART scholars receive: cash award paid at a rate of $25,000 – $41,000 per year depending on prior educational experience, full tuition and related education expenses, health Insurance reimbursement allowance, book allowance, summer internships (multi-year participants), post-graduation career opportunities.
- Computer Science Intern Program (CSIP) – The CSIP is an intense and exciting 12-week immersive internship open to select college undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Computer Science or closely related disciplines. Interns are assigned to projects that contribute to NSA’s mission. Projects culminate in a short presentation and technical paper. Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level. Applications are accepted September 1st – October 31st.
- Cyber Summer Program (CSP) – The Cyber Summer Program (CSP) is the National Security Agency’s premier outreach effort to the very best undergraduate and graduate computer science and engineering students in the country. Each summer up to 16 exceptional students to participate in a 12-week program where they work together, and in teams, directly with NSA technical professionals on mission-critical cyber-related problems. Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level. Applications are accepted September 1st – October 31st.
- Graduate Mathematics Program (GMP) – The GMP is a highly competitive program for exceptional graduate mathematics students. It is a 12-week paid work assignment that runs from the end of May through the middle of August. This program provides students with the opportunity to work directly with NSA mathematicians on mission-critical problems and experience the excitement of the NSA mathematics community first-hand. Students are paid a salary commensurate with their education level. Applications are accepted September 1st – October 15th each year.
- Summer Language Program – The Summer Language Program is an intensive 12-week intern program intended for high-potential college upperclassman and graduate students.As an apprentice to senior NSA language analysts, you’ll gain intensive experience exploiting communications for vital intelligence missions. You’ll also have the unique opportunity for multi-dimensional and cross-disciplinary growth in analytical skills. The Summer Language program is currently hiring students studying Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Pashto, Persian-Farsi, Russian and Urdu. The languages may change from year to year based on the Agency’s projected hiring needs. Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level. Applications are accepted September 1st – October 15th.
- Summer Program for Operations Research Technology (SPORT) – The Summer Program for Operations Research Technology (SPORT) is a 12-week internship for graduate students enrolled in an M.S. or Ph.D. program who have experience with simulations or computer programming languages. Particular areas of technical interest include: Operations Research, Modeling and Simulation, Industrial Engineering, Management Science/Decision Analysis, Optimization, Mathematical Programming, and Probability and Statistics. Applications are accepted September 1st – October 31st.
- The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) – The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) is an organization of leading universities, national laboratories and corporations that aims to increase the number of qualified U.S. citizen Ph.D.s in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. As a corporate member of the consortium, NSA sponsors students pursuing doctorate degrees in mathematics, engineering, computer science, and physics. In addition to providing financial support through membership dues, NSA also provides technical mentoring and at least two summers of employment to each sponsored student. Applications are accepted September 1st – November 30th.
- The SMART Program – The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. SMART scholars receive: cash award paid at a rate of $25,000 – $41,000 per year depending on prior educational experience, full tuition and related education expenses, health Insurance reimbursement allowance, book allowance, summer internships (multi-year participants), post-graduation career opportunities. Application deadline for 2013 has not been announced yet.
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Office of Naval Intelligence Internship Program
As an ONI summer intern, you will participate in Operational Familiarization (OPFAM) trip to Norfolk, VA to visit ONI’s operational customers on board ships, with aviation squadrons and at other USN commands. You will also experience field trips to D.C. area commands, agencies, and relevant landmarks while doing work that makes a real contribution to national security. Interns with political science and other liberal arts backgrounds might assist our analysts in the cycle of information collection, analysis and dissemination. Students in the fields of science and engineering might use state-of-the-art lab equipment to study foreign weapons systems, while those with expertise in information technology directly support our networking operations. If selected for the program, you must commit to working a minimum of 10 weeks during the summer. Students will earn a competitive salary that is assigned based on level of education.
Marine Corps Intelligence Student Employment Program
Marine Corps Intelligence provides a premier student employment program which incorporates education, training, and site visits. Student employees are integrated within our workforce, providing not only research, but intelligence products to Marines around the world. These are paid opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students enrolled at an accredited university.
Institute for National Strategic Studies Student Opportunities
The INSS internship program affords students from across the US to work on a variety of research topics, both regional and thematic. These include Western Hemisphere, East Asia, Middle East, National Security Reform, and Future Strategic Concepts. The Institute offers a wide range of research activities that gives interns the opportunity to participate in real-time work, assist in research for publications, and work closely with a Senior Fellow who is a subject matter expert in his field. Interns may also have the opportunity to meet government officials, attend congressional hearings, or participate in symposia hosted by the National Defense University or the Institute. Unless otherwise mentioned, all INSS internships are unpaid.
The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is a research center, based at the University of Maryland, committed to the scientific study of the causes and human consequences of terrorism in the United States and around the world as well as related topics. START experts apply a range of research methods to the exploration of these questions in order to deliver findings based on the best available open-source evidence and data. At the heart of START’s work are the principles that the research it is conducting must be both scientifically rigorous and directly relevant to homeland security professionals. START is a Center of Excellence supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and also receives funding and support from a variety of Federal agencies, private foundations, and universities. START offers unpaid internship experiences on many of its large-scale research projects.
NATO Student Opportunities
NATO Defense College Internship Programme – The NATO Defense College Internship Programme, introduced in 2005, aims to provide a small number of current students or recent graduates (degree obtained no longer than 12 months ago) with the opportunity to “intern” with the NDC in Rome. Candidates studying Political Science, International Relations, Security Studies, Library Science, Media Studies, Journalism, Computer Science (or related studies) are invited to apply. Internships will, in principle, last 5 months, and a total of 8 candidates will be selected every year. .Applications are typically accepted until 31 August (1700hrs Rome local time).
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