National Security Agency Opens Co-op Program to Community College Students
The National Security Agency has opened up its educational co-op program to community college students. The College of Southern Maryland will host an information session for eligible students at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the La Plata Campus in the Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Room 113, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata.
The NSA program provides paid employment during alternating semesters, tuition reimbursement, and one class pre-paid during the accepted student's “off” semesters.
“This is a great opportunity that NSA has been managing for more than 50 years, and they have now opened up applications from community college students who plan to continue on to a four-year degree,” said Wendy Hume Hayes, CSM cybersecurity program coordinator in the college's Business and Technology Division.
CSM students who have declared one of the following majors — cybersecurity, information systems security, computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering — and have completed no more than 24 credit hours toward a degree, may be eligible to apply for a paid internship. Students also must be U.S. citizens and be able to pass a background check.
Hayes will explain the NSA co-op program, and CSM Career Services will be on hand to help students polish their application materials.
“Having NSA recognize the high-level technical skills our community college students earn is a great achievement,” Hayes said. “This is an amazing opportunity our students should not pass up.”
According to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, the global shortage of skilled security practitioners is predicted to reach 1.5 million by 2020. In the U.S., there are more than 209,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs and the demand for information security professionals is expected to grow by 53 percent through 2018, according to an independent analysis of numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For more information on the Sept. 14 session, contact Hayes at 301-934-7564 or WHayes1@csmd.edu.
CSM National Security Agency (NSA) Internship Program Information Session. Sept. 14, 6-7 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI), Room BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. NSA educational co-op program is available to College of Southern Maryland?s students. The program provides paid employment during alternate semesters, tuition reimbursement and one class pre-paid during the accepted student?s ?off? semesters. The program will be explained during the session, and CSM Career Services will be on hand to help students polish their application materials. Free. For information, contact CSM cybersecurity professor Wendy Hume Hayes, 301-934-7564, WHayes1@csmd.edu, www.csmd.edu.