Summer Language Program

The National Security Agency
Fort Meade, MD 20755
The Summer Language Program (SLP) is a paid 12-week program that runs from the end of May through mid-August each year. This program is looking for students that can speak the critical languages that we're looking for. As an intern in the Summer Language Program, you will use your passion for foreign language and strong oral communication, written communication, and critical thinking skills to research, translate, transcribe, report, and analyze foreign intelligence. Your foreign language and English skills will provide key decision makers with a complete and accurate picture of the context within which the decision is being made (i.e. provide an understanding of the nuance, context, cultural overtones, and dialect in which the communication occurred).",

Summer Language Program:
Undergraduate and graduate students will learn to analyze foreign communications for vital intelligence missions by apprenticing with experienced language analysts. Geopolitical, cultural, and technical knowledge may be used to understand both overtly stated meaning and subtly implied intent as you scan, translate, and transcribe foreign communications, then report critical information to U.S. government customers.

About The Program:
The Summer Language Program is a 12-week internship intended for high-potential full-time college upperclassmen and graduate students. Foreign language proficiency combined with a wide array of majors and minors will be considered for this program, which can be a one-summer or two-summer internship. The program may begin after your sophomore year, and if mutually agreeable, continue the summer after your junior year. Likewise, the program may begin the summer after your junior year and continue the summer between your senior year and your first year of graduate school. The program may also take place in the summers between years of graduate study. Participation during a second summer is encouraged but not required. At the end of your internship, an offer may be extended for you to join NSA in a full-time position after graduation.

The 2021 Summer Language Program is hiring students with proficiency in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, and Russian. Individuals with skills in less common languages are also encouraged to apply. The languages may change from year to year based on the Agency's projected hiring needs.

The Summer Language Program Includes
' A language mentor assigned from NSA's language analysis team
' Hands-on operational experience
' Relevant job-specific briefings
' Job-specific training and customized language training

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