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NSSP Application

Applicants will be processed for national security clearance by the National Security Agency (NSA) at no cost to the students. A successful candidate will receive a paid summer internship with a participating Partner (defense industry or government agency) and may receive a scholarship of up to $15,000.

An applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student at an I-Fund member institution--Capitol Technology University, Goucher College, Hood College, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, McDaniel College, Mount St. Mary's University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, St. John's College, Stevenson University, Washington Adventist University, or Washington College. Please email Lori Livingston of your intent to apply at llivingston@micua.org

In addition, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen, carry a minimum 3.0 GPA, have earned at least 24 credit hours at the time of the application, and must not have advanced beyond the level of Junior by the application deadline (October 15, 2021). Applicants must agree to complete a paid summer internship prior to graduation. Successful candidates must have an interest in the national security field and major in a relevant subject. (See preferred majors on page 2 or micua.org/nssp.) Note: An applicant attending St. John's College, which does not offer majors, must have a demonstrated record of achievement in a relevant subject area.

Interested applicants must submit a completed application to your campus liaison by October 15, 2021, along with the following required documents IN ORDER IN A PDF with your application first followed by: 2) Typed resume (refer to http://www.micua.org/nssp) 3) Typed 300-500 word essay (see http://www.micua.org/nssp); 4) Official transcript of grades and credits earned (transfer students must request transcripts from transfer institutions); and 5) Two letters of recommendation addressed to the NSSP Board. An electronic copy of application materials should be provided to your campus liaison by the deadline; 5) Apply online for an NSA internship prior to 15 October so that you are recorded in their system.  THIS IS MANDATORY. You wil find the link to the application here. NSA Summer Intern Program.  Use job code 1134954 * Please add the following text to either the 'Objective' or 'Summary' field in the application: "Applying for the National Security Scholarship Program (NSSP)"

Applicants must be available for an in-person interview on either Thursday November 11, or Friday November 12, 2021.

Please format your resume in Word according to the following headings and submit an electronic copy to your Financial Aid Office with the additional application required documents:

  1. Contact Information
  2. Major/Minor
  3. Employment history/experience
  4. College honors/accomplishments, leadership honors, and awards received
  5. Community activities and organizations

In 300-500 words, and attached as a separate, typed page to this application, write about one of the following three essay topics:

  1. What do you consider the greatest threat to our national security and why?  Please provide current examples of US deficiencies and measures that you would suggest to mitigate the threat.
  2. Is it possible for the government to offer its citizens 100% privacy and 100% security from terrorism?  If so, how would you recommend that be done?  If not, how would you balance that line between privacy and security?
  3. Compare and contrast the differences between working for a highly visible public, commercial company as compared to one that supports the National Security mission of teh United States?

Business * Computer Forensics * Computer Science * Cyber Security * Economics * Engineering (Software--Java, cloud, Ruby-on-Rails, C, C++, C#; Computer; Electrical; and Systems) * Forensic Accounting * Information Assurance * Information Systems * International Affairs/Relations/ Area Studies * Mathematics * and fields related to these majors. 

Consideration will also be given to Accounting, Finance, History, Languages (Chinese, Persian Farsi, Russian, Korean, Arabic, Pashto, and Urdu), Liberal Arts, Physics, and Political Science


Return completed application packet to your Financial Aid Office for authorization and processing no later than October 15, 2021 as a single PDF, named LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, SCHOOL NAME, 2020.  The order in which your material should appear in your electronic application is as follows:

  • Application
  • Resume
  • Essay
  • Official Transcript
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)

For more information contact:
Lori Livingston
140 South Street Annapolis MD 21401
(301) 440-2486


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