The National Security Agency (NSA) in partnership with the GBC Academy

NSA Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Internship

Internship begins : March 13, 2023 Last day to apply : Feb 15, 2023

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About The Internship

The National Security Agency (NSA) in partnership with the GBC Academy seek applicants for an 8-week paid internship program designed for college seniors about to enter the technical workforce currently enrolled in an institution designated as a CAE-CD or CAE-CO by the National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity. Interns will receive $20/hour compensation.

Interns will be immersed into real-world cyber settings of 3 focus areas we call ‘tracks’: The DoD Cybersecurity Policy Track, The Security Operations Center Threat Hunting and Analytics Track, and Open Source Narrative Intelligence Track. Interns will also receive the opportunity to meet and speak with cyber leaders in government and academia.

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Program Tracks

All of our program tracks are tailored to align with Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity, commonly referred to as the NICE Framework, which is a nationally focused resource to help employers develop their cybersecurity workforce.

Track 1 : DoD Cybersecurity Policy & Compliance

The threats facing the DoD’s classified and unclassified information are on the rise as nation states attempt to outmaneuver US innovation in commercial and defense of the nation related technologies. Interns will work alongside MISI staff to assist DoD defense industrial base companies to understand and comply with DoD cybersecurity policies.

Track 2 : Security Operations Center Threat Hunting and Analytics

In this track, the intern will the fundamentals of security operations center functions, tools and daily operational processes and techniques through the MISI cloud based live SOC environment. Interns will analyze possible threats, establish courses of action to mitigate real cyber threats found on target networks, develop visualizations and so much more!

Track 3 : Open Source Narrative Intelligence


Narrative manipulation is a potent weapon used by adversaries around the world. Conversation moves markets. News coverage, social media, and online forums feed off each other. That feeding frenzy can have massive impacts on companies, stocks, and investors. Whether it’s competitors, biased media, foreign adversaries, or homegrown agitators, knowing who’s creating and who’s sharing a narrative can make all the difference. You will learn how Kudzu gives analysts unparalleled insight into malign influence.

Here’s a great blog post that directly connects to this track.

Please fill out the form to apply to NSA Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Internship. We look forward to seeing your application!

Please note :  In order for us to accept your application, you must be 18 to fill out this form. If you are under 18 you will need to fill out this form with your legal guardian who will be asked to sign your application.

To apply to the GBC Academy CAE-C Program students must:

a) Be a current senior (at least 90 earned credits) enrolled at least half-time in a College or University that is designated as a CAE-CD or CAE-CO by the National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity.
b) Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and be in good academic standing.

c) Applicants are required to have completed a minimum of nine credit hours in the subjects listed below or equivalent subject matter. The application must include a transcript or official grade report. Cybersecurity Fundamentals (or equivalent)

Network Administration/Security Data Science
Applications Security Information Assurance

Network Engineering

Systems Engineering

Software Engineering (Python, C, C++, Assembly language, embedded programming)
Data Communications (or equivalent)
Database Security
Computer and Network Forensics (or equivalent)
A recent certification (within 2 years) from an industry recognized cybersecurity professional trade organization (e.g., EC-Council, CompTIA, (ISC)2) may substitute for a course.

d) Be a US Citizen.
e) Be able to pass a background check.
f) Have strong moral character, good communication skills, and a demonstrated interest in a cybersecurity career field through successful course work, internships, after school programs, clubs, professional organizations, independent learning, or other cyber related activities.

g) Successful completion of a background check and verification of U.S. citizenship are required for participation in the Program. The cost of the background check is paid for or reimbursed by the GBC Academy.

Completed applications will consist of:

a) Cover Letter
b) Resume
c) Transcript: electronic version (PDF or JPEG) of an official or unofficial transcript. If unable to obtain transcripts, please send in report cards capturing all semesters of enrollment and highlighting courses required for this program.
d) Letter of Recommendation from a professor or employer who can speak to the applicant’s abilities in any of the technical areas listed in 1c).
e) List of registered courses with dates and times indicated. Include course registration number and section or professor/instructor contact information.

Preference will be given to:

a) Students with more than the minimum nine credit hours listed above.
b) Applicants with minimal conflicts during the hours of 12:00 and 5:00 pm EST.

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