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Would you like to spend next summer developing real-world technical solutions and/or working in an operational foreign intelligence collection-related assignment to acquire data critical to the security of our country? Does the prospect of applying your computer, technical, analytic, mathematical, engineering, data science, social science, communication, problem solving, and/or critical thinking skills to the National Security Agency’s Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) mission intrigue you? Are you a currently enrolled college freshman, sophomore, junior or a senior intending to pursue a Master’s degree in the same major as your undergraduate studies? If you answered -yes- to these questions, you could be one of the next Signals Intelligence Collection Program (SICP) summer interns in spring of 2021 directly supporting the United States Intelligence Community.
About the Program
NSA’s SICP provides outstanding college students the opportunity to support NSA as a salaried intern during their college summers. The SICP has traditionally selected college students pursuing computer science, computer engineering, or related STEM degrees who would work on projects involving the development, production and modification of tools, software applications and/or hardware. The SICP now also looks for students who are computer savvy but may not be overly focused in a technical curriculum who, nevertheless, have the ability to apply their learning and skills to assist in technical development or operational scenarios. Students will have the opportunity to leverage their skills to support the development of collection strategies across a vast architecture, implement mission initiatives in accordance with lawful compliance, manage collection tasks, and understand critical mission data flows. SICP interns are mentored by experienced SIGINT professionals who conduct SIGINT collection operations and/or build and modify state-of-the-art collection capabilities. SICP interns will also have the opportunity to discover various career paths they could pursue in the future as full-time NSA employees. Finally, the friendships and networks SICP interns build during their tour can last a lifetime.
This “earn while you learn” opportunity provides hands-on, real-world work experience on projects and operational assignments are based on a student’s: learning, skills and experience; faculty/employer recommendations; extracurricular activities; and academic achievement. SICP Interns are hired into a temporary appointment status for a total of no more than 12 weeks. The SICP traditionally runs from the end of May through mid-August. Competition to become a SICP intern starts with each student submitting a complete, precise and informative application packet (See below). Returning interns from previous years must submit new employment and security applications.
Student applications will be evaluated based on the various projects or assignments requirements submitted by the sponsoring NSA organizations. Depending on the type of project/assignment for which you are considered, learning and proficiency in a number of technical disciplines plus your interview results will be evaluated during this selection process. The list below contains examples of some of the skills that could be required, depending on the project/assignment for which he intern is selected:
– Web development experience using such tools as: HTML, CSS, PHP, etc.;
– Engineering skills involving Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) development, Hardware Descriptive Language (HDL) syntax, VHDL, or Verilog experience, Digital Logic Design and Verification (State Machines, Pipelining, Test Benches, etc.), etc.;
– Programming on Linux OS, Windows, OS X , Android, iOS, etc.;
– Basic experience with repository source control systems such as SVN, GIT, Beanstalk, etc.
– Knowledge of Refactoring Analytics;
– Data Analytics and algorithm development; use of Apache Hadoop/Pig; statistical modeling; datamining/analysis; network modeling; and similar tools for big data;
– Familiarization with Cloud, Containerization and Big Data Technologies using tools such as AWS, Ansible, MS Azure, Puppet, Docker, Kubernetes, etc.
– Working knowledge and competencies in telecommunications, computers, networks, and the internet;
– Computer skills (some programming) w/Political Science, International Relations, Area Studies, Geospatial Studies, Telecommunications, Economics, etc.;
– Understanding of digital networking analysis and tools such as IPv6, HTTP, TCP/IP, CCNA Certs, etc.;
– Radio frequency and waveform analysis knowledge and experience as well as SDR and GNU learning;
– Database development and storage using such tools such as SQL, MySQL, MongoDB, Oracle, RDL, etc.;
– Mathematics competencies in areas such as Algebra, Number Theory, Calculus, Probability, Logic, Applied Mathematics, Data Science, etc.;
– Cyber Security tools and applications experience for example, Wireshark, VMware, Kali Linux, etc., Reverse engineering and computer forensics knowledge and experience;
– Understanding of data flow diagrams; familiarization with system engineering processes; using tools such as Camero and Kibana;
– High Performance Computing (HPC) analytic and software skills and experience.
– Sound writing and interpersonal communication learning and skills;
– Problem-solving and critical thinking skills that support actively and competently conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.
Of course, not all of these skills are required for each candidate, but they are provided to give applicants a flavor of the competences that can be necessary to successfully complete the various projects/assignments available.
*Program may be subject to change.*
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 May/June to August/September. The Signals Intelligence Collections Program (SICP) is open to undergraduate freshman, sophomores or juniors (at time of application). The SICP internship is looking for college students pursuing computer science, computer engineering, or related STEM degrees who would work on projects involving the development, production and modification of tools, software applications and/or hardware.