NSA Program Opportunities for Students

Posted on 2/25/22 9:28 AM

As part of the US Intelligence Community, the National Security Agency focuses on signals intelligence, which involves the interception of communication signals between people, machines, or both. NSA is the undisputed leader in this field. Our signals intelligence activities are never directed at American citizens. Cybersecurity is our other specialty, which is all about protecting American systems from prying eyes.

What is our mission? The most simple, concise answer is that we are here to SAVE LIVES. We never want another 9/11. That’s our biggest, most important, most vital mission.

We offer multiple employment opportunities for students in college and for seniors at high schools with the intention of pursuing a bachelor’s degree. We offer a wide variety of student programs, which offer real-world experience, and the chance to be a part of something that you’ve never even dreamed about—plus, it could lead to a full-time career after you graduate. 

NSA Cooperative Education Program 

 (applications open February 1–March 31, 2022)

  • Our Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program offers high-caliber college students the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge in computer science, as well as computer and electrical engineering and cybersecurity or language-focused majors, including Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Farsi.
  • Students work on a rotational schedule (one semester at school, one semester at NSA) until graduation.
  • During your work tour, students will work a regular 40-hour week. Each work tour is designed to reveal the specific areas students may want to focus on as a career.
  • The program requires students to work a minimum of 52 weeks (one year) prior to graduation.
  • Application period is open from February 1 to March 31 and from September 1 to October 31, 2022

Information Session: 

March 9, 2022

4:00–5:00 p.m. EST

Location: Virtual

Cooperative Education Program Flyer


Summer Internships 

  • Internships at NSA provide exciting work and compensation commensurate with academic level.
  • Students working toward an undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate degree in a field critical to NSA’s mission—we can help them gain real-world experience.
  • Opportunities exist in many of our most challenging job categories for college students willing to dedicate their time to national security.
  • The application period for most internships starts on September 1, 2022, and will end on October 31, 2022.

For more information on student opportunities, visit the NSA Student Programs Website

NSA Virtual Recruitment Events

The National Security Agency is hosting multiple virtual events, where we will share information regarding the security clearance process, student programs, among other topics. Students can find more information and register online.

Full-Time Opportunities

Interested in joining the NSA Team? For more information on starting your career with the NSA, visit the NSA Careers Website.

Should you have any questions on the above programs and opportunities, you can reach out to coophiring@uwe.nsa.gov.