The National Security Agency (NSA) in partnership
with the Maryland Innovation & Security Institute (MISI) and the GBC MISI Academy

Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Internship Summer & Fall 2022

About The Internship

The National Security Agency (NSA) in partnership with the Maryland Innovation & Security Institute (MISI) and the GBC MISI 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.

Dates for the Summer Internship are June 13 2022 – August 5, 2022. (Applications Close May 13)
Dates for the Fall Internship are Sept 19, 2022 – Nov 11, 2022 (Applications Close Aug 12)

Interns will be immersed into real-world cyber settings of 3 focus areas we call 'tracks': The DoD Cybersecurity Policy Track, The SOC Tier 1 Track, and The Fundamentals of Cybersecurity Track. Interns will also receive the opportunity to meet and speak with cyber leaders in government and academia.

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Track 1 : DoD Cybersecurity Policy

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 (SOC) Tier 1

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 : Fundamentals of Industrial Control Cybersecurity

 In this track, interns will learn about the systems, software and technology that control functions of everyday life including manufacturing, medicine, the energy grid, water supply and even weapon systems! Interns will be exposed virtually to the MISI Industrial Control Lab and Cyber Range to be introduced operational technology such as programmable logic controllers, human machine interfaces and actuators.

We look forward to seeing your Application

Please fill out the form to begin your application to the Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Internship.

Dates for Summer Internship: June 13 – August 5 (Applications Close May 13)

Dates for Fall Internship: Sept 19 – Nov 11 (Applications Close Aug 12)

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

  • Be a current senior (at least 90 earned credits), or graduate student 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.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and be in good academic standing.
  • 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.

  • Be a US Citizen or permanent resident. 
  • Be able to pass a background check.
  • 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.

Completed Applications will consist of:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • 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.
  • List of potential courses for semester of interest with dates and times indicated. Include course registration number and section or professor/instructor contact information.
  • Summer Internship : Applications Close May 13

  • Fall Internship : Applications Close Aug 12

  • 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). Letters can be emailed directly to MISI Academy at

Preference will be given to:

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

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