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National Security Education Program

Congress established The National Security Education Program (NSEP) through the David L. Boren National Security Act of 1991 to provide a broader and more qualified pool of US citizens with foreign language and international exposure to work in national security programs. NSEP is a scholarship program that promotes language skills, cultural awareness, and understanding of national security issues. In collaboration with the National Security Education Program Office, DIA has established a new one-year, full-time internship program designed to provide a small select number of recent college graduates the opportunity to apply their knowledge and gain practical work experience. To participate in the program, applicants are required to have a 3.0 GPA and be a recipient of a grant or scholarship under the David L. Boren National Security Education Program.

Eligibility Requirement

  • NSEP Boren Scholars and Fellows with an (anticipated) graduation date between September and June.

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a university or college.

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent at the time of application.

  • Provide a narrative in work experience section indicating interest in the intelligence field or specialized skills.

  • 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.

  • Please note that the security clearance processing and drug screening test cannot be conducted while the applicant is overseas.

  • 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

  • NSEP Service Requirement:

    • The awardee is spending 100% of his or her time on federal funded projects.

    • Projects are funded by the Departments of Defense, State, or Homeland Security; or an agency in the Intelligence Community.

Application Procedures

Attach an unofficial copy of your transcript to the online application. Finalists will be provided with instructions on submitting an official transcript. Please ensure to identify the following information:

  • Identify a functional area of interest.

  • Indicate your geographic preference for work assignment.

  • Indicate how you learned about the Summer Intern Program.

  • Be sure to provide a permanent address, email address and daytime telephone number along with college information.

  • Include your GPA when submitting your application.

Application Submission Instructions

  • Applications will only be accepted online at https://diajob.dia.mil. Click on "View Vacancy Announcements & Apply for DIA jobs" then click "no" when it asks if you are a current DIA employee.

  • Click on the link to view job postings, then place a check next to "National Security Education Program." Click Apply. Please submit only the information requested.


  • Interns are paid an hourly rate (within GG-05 to GG-09) depending on the number of credit hours completed.

  • Participation in the Mass Transit Transportation Program.

  • Participation in the Civilian Fitness Program.

  • Eligible for Foreign Language Proficiency Pay.

  • Annual salary, paid on a bi-weekly basis.

  • Eligible for Annual Leave accrual, Sick Leave accrual, and paid Federal Holidays.

  • Full-time employment for at least a year in a job related to their academic/foreign language skills and experience.

  • Full benefits including health insurance, life insurance and retirement.

  • Leave and Holiday Pay.

  • Potential to apply to internal vacancies.

  • Consideration for full-time employment with DIA upon completion of program.

For additional information contact the Human Resources Operations Center at 202-231-4762. For additional information about DIA, please visit our world wide website at http://www.dia.mil.

DIA is an equal opportunity employer. All candidates will be considered without regard to non-merit factors, such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, handicap, or sexual orientation. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service may apply.