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Careers & Internships

“Out-of-this-World” Careers at the NRO

Thank you for your interest in a career with the National Reconnaissance Office! The NRO's success is fueled by the contributions of our talented workforce. Our team of experts is responsible for designing, building, launching, and operating America's intelligence satellites, playing a crucial role in protecting our national security. We pride ourselves on a commitment to excellence and an inclusive, respectful workplace. Diversity of thought and experience has been inherent in our agency since its founding more than 60 years ago. It is a source of strength, innovation and resiliency, and we are confident it will continue to guide our future.

The NRO offers rewarding opportunities for talented professionals in a variety of skill areas: engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics, cyber security, budget, program management and many others. You will also find training and education programs to support your growth and development; and an exceptional employee compensation package featuring retirement benefits, health and life insurance, flexible time off, paid leave, and much more.

Internships: Developing Our Next Generation of Space Leaders

Jump start your career with NRO’s Internship Programs! Our paid student internship program is aimed at developing the next generation of space leaders. We offer high-achieving undergraduate students the opportunity to work with leading experts and gain hands-on experience while contributing to our exciting mission. More details on this program including instructions on how to apply are located in the student/internship section.

Now Hiring

We're actively recruiting top talent for all of our career fields at all experience levels:

Engineering/Technical (STEM):

Aerospace, Electrical Electronics, Software Systems, Thermal, and Mechanical Engineering
Applied Physics
Applied Mathematics (including operations research)
Computer Science (including AI/ML)
Cyber Security (including Information Systems Security)

Acquisition - Acquisition Program Managers

Contracts - Contracts Specialists

Financial Management - Budget Analysts

Security - Program Security Officers, Polygraph Examiners

Mission Support - Officer in the following areas: Program Management, Human Resources, Public Affairs/Communications, Office Administration, Equal Employment, Facilities, and Logistics.

To apply to these positions, please visit www.nro.gov/Careers-and-Internships/NRO-Apply-Now.