STEM Programs

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program

The Stokes Educational Scholarship Program, formerly known as the Undergraduate Training Program, facilitates the recruitment of individuals, particularly minority high school students, who have demonstrated skills critical to NSA. Stokes is open to high school seniors planning on majoring in computer science or computer/electrical engineering.

As an NSA employee with the Stokes Program, you will attend college full-time, receive up to $30,000 per year for tuition and mandatory fees, and work during the summers at NSA for 12 weeks in areas that are related to your course of study. You'll acquire real-world experience and receive a year-round salary. You must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale each semester/quarter in the freshman year and a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale each semester/quarter after the freshman year. If selected as a program participant, you are required to work in your area of study for NSA after your college graduation for at least one-and-one-half times the length of study. If you leave NSA employment earlier, you must reimburse the government for your tuition.

Military Branch or Component: 
NSA

Summer Faculty Fellowship Program

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: 
Air Force
Location: 
Rome Research Site, Rome NY; Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, NM; Eglin AFB, Ft Walton Beach, FL; Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH

Summer Intern Program for Information Assurance

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.

Military Branch or Component: 
NSA

Summer Intern Program for Science and Technology

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.

Military Branch or Component: 
NSA

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. 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.

Military Branch or Component: 
NSA

Summer Program for Operations Research Technology

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.

Military Branch or Component: 
NSA

Summer Strategic Communications Intern Program

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.

Military Branch or Component: 
NSA

Team America Rocketry Program

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) competition is an extra-curricular, hands-on project-based learning program modeled on the aerospace industry’s design, fabrication and testing processes. Student teams of 3-10 people design, build, and fly a rocket. Just as aerospace companies work within specific design parameters, every year the challenge requires teams to achieve the same mission-oriented goals of hitting a precise altitude, landing within a specific flight time window, and returning raw eggs (”the astronaut”) without cracking. 

Military Branch or Component: 
Air Force

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.

Military Branch or Component: 
NSA

The Pathways Program

The Pathways Program offers federal internship and employment opportunities for current students, recent graduates and those with an advanced degree.

Military Branch or Component: 
Washington Headquarters Services