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STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES


Jump start your career with NRO’s Internship Programs. As an NRO intern, you will be part of an amazing team that is dedicated to national security. You will work with leading experts and gain valuable experience as you participate in mission programs.

Become part of NRO’s future today!


Student Programs Overview


NRO Cadre Undergraduate and Graduate Student Internship Program

The NRO Cadre Internship Program is a paid, 10-week program from June-August 2021. There may be opportunities to work over winter break and to return during subsequent summers based on mission requirements, continued eligibility, and student's availability.

Applicant's Must:

  • Have a minimum 3.2/4.0 GPA and be enrolled in a full-time degree program at an accredited college/university
  • Be able to obtain a TS/SCI security clearance (complete with background investigation and polygraph)

Application Process: View the intern job postings and apply at USA Jobs under NRO. Applications will be accepted between 1-30 June 2020 for the Summer of 2021.


DoD Acquisition Internship Program

In partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD) College Acquisition Internship Program, NRO offers a paid, 10-week program from June-August 2021 that provides students with real-world exposure to DoD acquisition workforce career opportunities. There may be opportunities to work over winter break and to return during subsequent summers based on mission requirements, continued eligibility, and student's availability.

Applicant's Must:

  • Have a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA and be enrolled in a full-time degree program at an accredited college/university
  • Be able to obtain a TS/SCI security clearance (complete with background investigation and polygraph)

Application Process: Apply at https://www.hci.mil/dodcareers/internship.html and indicate your interest in the Chantilly, Virginia location on your application. Applications will be accepted starting on 1 September 2020 until the maximum number of applications per location have been received by 1 October 2020 at 11:59 EST. You are encouraged to submit early as the window for the popular NRO Chantilly, Virginia location often closes much earlier than 1 October. Incomplete application packages will NOT be considered.


NASA Pathways Internship Program

In partnership with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), NRO sponsors unclassified internship projects. NASA Internships are competitive awards to support educational opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as educators. These opportunities select students to work on integrated, mentor-directed projects with NRO and NASA career professionals to contribute to the operation of a NASA facility or the advancement of NRO and NASA's missions.

This internship opportunity provides the option for students to transition to the NRO Cadre Intern Program for subsequent summers or the NRO Developmental Career Path Program upon graduation.

Application Process: Apply at https://nasajsc.secure.force.com/InternshipProjectQuickLook. Application deadlines are early March for Summer and early July for Fall opportunities. Project assignments are made three times a year in Fall and Summer.


Application Process

Because of the classified nature of our work at the NRO, the application process can take longer than people expect. Depending on a candidate’s personal circumstances, the total process may take as little as two months to more than a year. The three NRO intern programs each have specific application requirements and deadlines. Carefully review instructions in the Student Program Overview description and then click on the links. Students may apply to multiple NRO intern programs of interest.

The NRO Intern Program is competitive. If you are not offered a position for a given year, we request that you wait for one year before re-applying. The purpose of waiting for one year is to give applicants time to develop new skills and experiences that will make them more competitive for NRO employment.

If there is interest in your application, NRO recruiters will initiate contact with you by phone or email. Emails from NRO recruiters will have a .mil extension. Please check your email spam filter settings or spam folder to ensure receipt of these emails. Qualified individuals will be invited to a virtual interview. Virtual interviews are done via HireVue, a digital interviewing platform.

Selected applicants will receive either a Tentative Job Offer or Conditional Offer of Employment. A Tentative Job Offer states that we intend to hire you for a specific position you applied to providing you meet the conditions of employment such as a favorable security screening, background investigation, polygraph examination, and drug testing. A Conditional Job Offer has indicated you qualify for multiple positions and is conditional on your assignment to one of the available positions in addition to security screening, background investigation, and drug testing requirements.

Before you get started, please make sure you understand the application requirements for the position to which you’re applying.


General Requirements

Those applying to any NRO student opportunity must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen (Interns may NOT hold dual citizenship);
  • Be suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation;
  • Be able to obtain and hold a TS/SCI security clearance. (Note: NASA Pathways Internship Program does not require a clearance, however, participants looking to transfer to NRO’s program must be able to obtain a clearance);
  • Have favorable results on a pre-employment drug testing;
  • Be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited university. Undergraduates must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours;
  • Provide an official transcript from the academic institution reflecting a minimum GPA meeting the requirements of each respective Intern Program;
  • Be available for an interview and other applicable processing between July and November;
  • Be available for the 10-week summer program.

If male, over 18 years of age, and born after December 31, 1959, register with the Selective Service System.


Policy on Drug Use

To be considered suitable for NRO employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs or misused prescription drugs within the last 12 months. Although the legalization of marijuana has occurred under certain state laws, NRO follow federal statute prohibiting the use of illegal drugs, to include marijuana.


Benefits Information

The NRO Cadre and DoD Acquisition Intern Programs offer various benefits to students including:

  • Paid internships
  • Paid time off
  • Federal health and life insurance
  • Education and training
  • Health and fitness facility
  • Health services
  • Credit union