DoD STEM internships allow high school and college students the opportunity to engage in hands-on research, solving real-world problems at DoD laboratories and facilities.
Security & Counterintelligence Summer Intern Program
The Security & Counterintelligence Summer Intern Program (SCSIP) brings college students into the Security and Counterintelligence (S&CI) world for internships during the summer(s) between their sophomore to senior years. This program permits summer interns to actively participate in or support ongoing S&CI mission activities in areas such as personnel security investigations, security clearance adjudications, physical security and access control, antiterrorism/force protection, and/or counterintelligence programs. S&CI interns will work directly under the guidance of veteran security professionals responsible for protecting NSA personnel, facilities and operations worldwide and, in the process, gain an understanding of how the S&CI Directorate supports and interacts with the larger NSA/CSS enterprise and counterpart organizations across the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense.
NSA’s Signals Intelligence Collection Program (SICP) provides thriving, TS/SCI-cleared college students the opportunity to support the SIGINT service as a salaried intern during the summer following their freshmen, sophomore, and/or junior years. The SICP has traditionally selected college students pursuing computer science-related degrees who completed projects involving the development and production of tools, software applications and/or hardware. The SICP now also looks for students who are savvy with a computer but are not overly focused on a technical curriculum and can apply their learning and skills that assist in technical development. Students also leverage those skills to support the development of collection strategies across a vast architecture, implement mission targeting and lawful compliance, manage collection tasks and understand critical mission data flows. All of this work is done in response to high priority national and tactical foreign intelligence requirements.
Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) Student Research Program provides research internships for undergraduate and graduate science and engineering students. Students work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at either the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) or the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
The U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program offers hands-on exposure to Air Force research challenges through eight- to 12-week research residencies at participating Air Force research facilities for full-time science, mathematics, and engineering faculty at U.S. colleges and universities. Available to: undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members.
Military Branch or Component:
Rome Research Site, Rome NY; Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, NM; Eglin AFB, Ft Walton Beach, FL; Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH
The Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance (SIPIA) is a 12-week summer program meant to help accelerate your career in the field of Information Assurance (IA) by working for NSA. SIPIA hosts high potential students pursuing Bachelor's (between junior and senior year), Master's or Ph.D. technical degrees (listed below) that can contribute to the IA mission. Interns will be involved in projects that enable the cyber mission force through current analysis, expertise, training and tools. Interns will be involved in IA projects, including protecting and defending the nation's information systems networks and outmaneuvering cyber adversaries. To participate in this program, students must return to school for at least one semester following the internship.
The Summer Intern Program for Science and Technology (SIP/ST) is a full-time, 12-week summer internship program open to college juniors who are concentrating their studies in the disciplines of computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, network engineering, software engineering or telecommunications. 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.
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. 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- or two-summer internship. Participation during a second summer is encouraged but not required. The 2018 Summer Language Program is hiring students with proficiency in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, and Russian. The languages may change from year to year based on the agency's projected hiring needs.
The Summer Program for Operations Research Technology (SPORT) is a 12-week internship for graduate students enrolled in an M.S. (combined BS/MS also accepted) or Ph.D. program who have experience with one or more of the following: Applied Mathematics, Data Science and Statistics, Mathematical Programming and Optimization, Modeling and Simulation, Computer Networking, or Computer Programming Languages. The goal of this program is to offer top graduate students with highly developed operations research skills an opportunity to apply their academic knowledge in the stimulating professional atmosphere of one of the most advanced intelligence settings in the world.
The Summer Strategic Communications Intern Program is for students enrolled in one or more of the following areas of study: writing, editing, journalism, public relations, marketing or advertising; visual arts, television production, motion picture production, or 3-D animation; graphics or photography. This program supports the Strategic Communications organization's role of providing accurate and timely information on NSA's signals intelligence and information assurance missions and accomplishments to a variety of audiences using state-of-the-art messaging products. Candidates will be considered for internships in one of the following areas: corporate communications, messaging and public affairs (responsible for communications and major initiatives directed to both the worldwide NSA workforce and external audiences); multimedia production (videography and/or animation to support corporate video production); or Creative Imaging (creating original artwork ranging from project graphics, cartooning, web graphic images, storyboarding and presentation graphics; and photography.
The National Physical Science Consortium Fellowship
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. It emphasizes recruitment of a diverse applicant pool of women and historically underrepresented minorities. NPSC offers a unique six-year doctoral fellowship program in astronomy, chemistry, computer science, geology, materials sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and their subdisciplines. The consortium is dedicated to increasing the existing pool of Ph.D.s to provide industry and higher education with diversity and balance for the future of scientific research in America.