Intelligence & National Security

Opportunities are ordered by nearest application deadline. Each internship and fellowship name is linked to the appropriate application page. Check back often for new opportunities!

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Last page update: October 30, 2018


National Security Agency

  • Summer 2019 Internship Application Deadline: Varies by position, but most are due between October 15th and October 31st

  • Full time

  • Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level.

Requirements vary by position. Opportunities are available for students with the following majors:

  • Computer Science

  • Computer/Electrical Engineering

  • Information Systems

  • Mechanical/Civil Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Mathematics

  • Political Science

  • International Affairs

  • Criminal Justice

  • Other majors, including: Business, Health, Human Resources, etc.

Summary: Take advantage of NSA's student programs to learn more about NSA, deepen your knowledge of your career field, and collect a paycheck or scholarship money. We offer internships, scholarships, a co-op program and more. Search for the perfect opportunity for you based on your education level and field of interest.

Remember, NSA selects most of its student program candidates up to a year in advance. That means your application will be due at least nine months before you start, so don't forget to plan ahead!


Central Intelligence Agency

  • Fall and Spring Internship Applications: Applications should be submitted 12 months before the desired start date

  • Summer 2020 Application Deadline for Internship, Co-Op and Graduate Studies (Summer 2019 has passed): Application not yet posted, however, we expect the deadline for Summer 2020 to be no later than May 1, 2019

  • Full time

  • Paid

See each internship listing for specific basic and preferred requirements, as such vary by position.

Summary: Are you looking for an exciting and challenging internship or cooperative education experience? Consider employment with the Central Intelligence Agency as an undergraduate student. Opportunities exisits within the areas of Analysis, Clandestine, STEM, Enterprise & Support, and Foreign Language.


Boren Scholarships and Fellowships

Fellowships

  • The Boren Fellowships national application deadline is January 30, 2019, but Baylor will have an earlier, on-campus deadline. Please contact Dr. Frieda Blackwell and Dr. Kirsten Escobar for more information.

Boren Fellowships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Award amount:

  • Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study.

  • In addition, Boren Fellowships can provide limited funding for domestic language study that will supplement the overseas component. The maximum award for a combined overseas and domestic program is $30,000.

Program Preferences:

  • Boren Fellowships are awarded with preference for countries, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security.
  • Preference is also given to students who will study abroad for longer periods of time, and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government. As we cannot list all countries, languages, and fields that are critical to U.S. national security, we are interested in applications that fall outside the preferences, if the candidate can make a compelling case that such study can contribute significantly to U.S. national security and the goals of the program.

Scholarships

  • The Boren Scholarships national application deadline is February 7, 2019, but Baylor will have an earlier, on-campus deadline. Please contact Dr. Frieda Blackwell and Dr. Kirsten Escobar for more information.

Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Maximum scholarship awards are:

Program Preferences:

  • Boren Scholarships are awarded with preference for countries, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security.
  • Preference is also given to students who will study abroad for longer periods of time, and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government. As we cannot list all countries, languages, and fields that are critical to U.S. national security, we are interested in applications that fall outside the preferences, if the candidate can make a compelling case that such study can contribute significantly to U.S. national security and the goals of the program.


Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

  • Summer and Fall Internship Applications: Applications not currently posted; check back frequently on the DIA jobs website

  • Full time in summer, part time in semester (maximum of 29 hours)

  • Paid, with eligibility for Foreign Language Proficiency Pay

Semester Program Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at universities and colleges located near a DIA facility or Combatant Command (Pariticipation in the Baylor in Washington Semester Program allows Baylor students to meet this requirement).
  • Current enrollment in a baccalaureate or graduate degree program which is primarily focused on skills that are deemed critical to DIA such as: Foreign area studies, Computer science, Business administration, Human resources, Public administration, International relations, Legal, Political Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Engineering, Intelligence analysis
  • Completion of 60 semester hours or its equivalent at the time of employment.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at the time of application.
  • Security clearances may be granted to holders of dual citizenship. All students conditionally accepted for internships and all DIA employees are subject to initial and periodic counterintelligence (CI)-scope polygraph tests, and drug tests.

Summer Program Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a university or college.
  • Current enrollment in a baccalaureate or graduate degree program which is primarily focused on skills that are deemed critical to DIA such as: Foreign area studies, Computer science, Business administration, Human resources, Public administration, International relations, Legal, Political Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Engineering, Intelligence analysis
  • Completion of 60 semester hours or its equivalent at the time of employment.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at the time of application.
  • Security clearances may be granted to holders of dual citizenship. All students conditionally accepted for internships and all DIA employees are subject to initial and periodic counterintelligence (CI)-scope polygraph tests, and drug tests.

Summary: Are you curious about foreign cultures and the hidden forces that affect the world globally? Do you excel in areas such as problem solving, critical writing, or learning new languages? Are you passionate about serving your country and supporting the men and women who defend our great nation around the world? If so, we invite you to learn more about DIA's student internship opportunities. DIA offers programs for high school graduates, undergraduate, and graduate students.

DIA's student internship programs provide high-achieving university and college students from accredited institutions throughout the U.S. with the opportunity to use their degrees in real world settings while continuing their education, thereby better preparing them for careers upon graduation.

DIA provides military intelligence to warfighters, defense policymakers, and force planners in the Department of Defense and IC in support of U.S. military planning, operations, and acquisition. We plan, manage, and execute intelligence operations during peacetime, crisis, and war.


Department of Homeland Security: Office of Intelligence and Analysis

  • Summer 2020 Deadline: Application information to be posted late summer 2019 (summer 2019 application deadline has passed)

  • Full-time, 10 weeks

  • Paid

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a current degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at an accredited university (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education).

  • Be a U.S. citizen and able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance

  • Achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above

  • Be 16 years of age or older

  • Complete Selective Service Registration if you are a male applicant born after Dec. 31, 1959

Summary: The Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) Internship Program is for current degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students looking to begin an exciting career in homeland security and intelligence. I&A offers internships in the functional areas of Intelligence Analysis, Intelligence Operations, Mission Readiness, Information Technology, and Data Science. The I&A Internship Program is designed to provide the experience and skills needed to produce capable and well-rounded Homeland Security intelligence professionals. Most I&A internships are located in Washington, D.C.; however, there are a few positions available in El Paso, Texas.