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 1-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.

Program Benefits:

  • An annual salary (paid bi-weekly).
  • 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.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • NSEP Boren Scholars and Fellows with an (anticipated) graduation date between September-June.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher 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.

The NSEP Service Requirement:

  • The awardee is spending 100% of his or her time on federally funded projects.
  • The projects are funded by the Departments of Defense, State, or Homeland Security, or by an agency in the Intelligence Community.

How to Apply:

Applications will only be accepted on-line at 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 the "National Security Education Program". To apply for the program, click where it says "apply" next to the program. Please submit only the information requested. Upon request, additional documents can be mailed to:

National Intelligence Scholars Program Manager

Defense Intelligence Agency

Attn: OHR-1, Student Programs

200 MacDill Blvd. (Building 6000)

Washington, D.C. 20340

For additional information contact the Human Resources Operations Center at 202-231-4762.