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Employment opportunities for SFS students

Where to look for jobs

The first place to look is USAJOBS which contains all "civil service" jobs. Or, if you are searching for an internship, go to STUDENTJOBS. Studentjobs also maintains a list of agencies who offer internships, with information about their programs.

Next, check with the "excepted service" agencies. They are not required to list jobs on USAJOBS, although they may anyway. Some major excepted service agencies are:

Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
Agency for International Development
Central Intelligence Agency
Defense Intelligence Agency
Department of State - Foreign Service Officers
Department of State - Foreign Service Specialists
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Reserve Board
Government Accountability Office
Library of Congress
National Security Agency
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Tennessee Valley Authority
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Postal Service
U.S. Senate (PDF)
U.S. Supreme Court

Also, it may be worth checking the employment opportunity webpages of individual departments or agencies. Many agencies simply link to USAJOBS, but some agencies still maintain their own pages. The Defense Department maintains more than one site for jobseekers. They are:

A list of Federal, State, local, or tribal government agency or a Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) that are approved for placement can be found at

Finally, look into the following agencies, which are looking for information security and assurance employees and interns:

Office of Management and Budget

Intern Programs:

Summer Internship Program (3/31/05)

The OMB is looking for graduate-level students in information systems and computer science for unpaid internships.


Various agencies within the USDA make extensive use of computer specialists. Consult this handy chart (PDF) for more information.

USDA - Food and Nutrition Service

Is looking for computer specialists in general.

USDA - Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service

Information Systems and Technology Management (ISTM) Carl Grover Staffing & Classification 202-720-5770

DoC - Census Bureau

Permanent Positions:

Looking for information technology specialists in several areas.


Looking for SCEP and STEP interns in IT.

DoC - National Institute of Standards and Technology

Permanent positions:

NIST may or may not be looking for mathematicians and computer scientists (for unspecified positions) at any given time. Click Here and browse for the relevant job descriptions for information on how to apply.


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (2/15/05)

Internships are available in the Information Technology Laboratory.

DoC - US Patent and Trademark Office

Looking for patent examiners in computer-science related fields.

DoD - Air Forcce


Scientist & Engineer (S&E) PALACE Acquire (PAQ) Program :

The Air Force hires interns working towards undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science. To apply, you must go to a recruiting event and hand your resume to a recruiter. Events are supposed to be listed here, but the page has not been updated recently.

DoD - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Permanent Positions:

ACE is looking for computer scientists and engineers:

GS-1550 - Computer Science Series**

This series includes professional positions that primarily involve the application of, or research into computer science methods and techniques to store, manipulate, transform or present information by means of computer systems. The primary requirements of the work are: (1) professional competence in applying the theoretical foundations of computer science, including computer system architecture and system software organization, the representation and transformation of information structure, and the theoretical models for such representations and transformation; (2) specialized knowledge of the design characteristics, limitations, and potential applications of systems having the ability to transform information, and of broad areas of applications of computing that have common structures, processes, and techniques; and (3) knowledge of relevant mathematical and statistical sciences.

GS-0854 - Computer Engineering Series*

This series includes professional engineering positions that require primarily the application of knowledge of: (1) fundamentals and principles of professional engineering; (2) computer hardware, systems software, and computer system architecture and integration; and (3) mathematics, including calculus, probability, statistics, discrete structures, and modern algebra. The work pertains primarily to the research, design, development, testing, evaluation, and maintenance of computer hardware and software systems in an integrated manner.

For more information on employment with USACE, click here.

DoD - Army

Permanent Positions:

The army is looking for people with a bachelor's degree for the Department of Army Management Development Program. One of their areas of interest is information technology management. 3.45 GPA required.
More Information

DoD - Navy

Permanent Positions:

The Navy is recruiting information technology specialists in the area of information security on a continuous basis. Payscale is GS-9 or up, so this is generally limited to those with Masters degrees.
More Information

DoD - Defense Intelligence Agency

Permanent Positions:

Entry/Mid Level Candidate Pool: The DIA is hiring for the following work areas:  Policy and planning, information assurance, security, portal engineering, storage management, systems analysis, applications software, storage area networks, operating systems, network services, database management, Internet, system administration, and computer support. "Ideal candidates possess a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited college or university degree in computer science, information systems, mathematics or a related area..."
More Information

DoD - National Security Agency:

Permanent Positions:

Computer Scientists (6/30/05)
Cryptanalysts (6/30/05)

"No specific major is targeted for Cryptanalysis; NSA hires people with technical and non-technical degrees, ranging from Mathematics to Music, Engineering to History, and Computer Programming to Chemistry."

Mathematicians (6/30/05)
Signals Analysts (6/30/05)

"Applicants with backgrounds in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and related technical disciplines will find themselves at home in the world of Signals Analysis."

Intern Programs:

Summer Network Evaluation Intern Program (SNEIP)

"As a participant in the Summer Network Evaluation Intern Program (SNEIP) you will acquire an appreciation of the challenges our Nation faces in network security as it relates to real-world work experiences. You will experience first-hand some of the critical work done at NSA as well as have the opportunity to apply your skills on hardware and software systems to enhance network security and contribute to the security of U.S. information systems." Open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students in computer science or electrical engineering. Your GPA must be 3.0 or higher.

The Seasonal Intern Program in Information Assurance (SIP/IA) (3/15/05)

"The Seasonal Intern Program in Information Assurance (SIP/IA) (formerly the College Summer Employment Program - CSEP) is open to high potential college upperclassman and graduate students with a strong focus in the disciplines of Information Assurance. Relevant academic disciplines, with a concentration in Information Assurance, include, but are not limited to: Mathematics, Biometrics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Computer Programming, Computer Support, Data Base Administration, Computer Systems Analysis, Operations Research, Information Security (Assurance) and Business Management or Administration."

The Seasonal Intern Program for Knowledge Discovery (SIP/KD) (4/1/05)

"The Seasonal Intern Program for Knowledge Discovery (SIP/KD) is a 12-week program open to select college upperclassman and graduate students who are concentrating their studies in the disciplines for Knowledge Discovery. For purposes of this program, Knowledge Discovery encompasses the scientific, technical, and management disciplines required to research, develop, and build the tools for knowledge discovery. Relevant academic disciplines, with concentration in Knowledge Discovery, include, but are not limited to: Computer Science, Computer/Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Information Systems, Computational Linguistics, Mathematics, Cognitive Science, and Psychology."

DoD - National Geospatial Intelligence Agency


The NGA is looking for student interns in CS.
More Information

DHS - Secret Service

Permanent positions:

The Secret Service needs computer specialists.

DoJ - Federal Bureau of Investigation

Permanent Positions:

The FBI is looking for special agents with a degree in computer science or information technology.


SFS students may be eligible for the Honors Internship Program.

DoJ - Drug Enforcement Agency

Permanent Positions:

"The U.S Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has outstanding and challenging employment opportunities available for highly motivated and innovative individuals to work in our state of the art information security (INFOSEC) office at DEA Headquarters in Northern Virginia." More information.

DoS - Bureau of Diplomatic Security

DS is charged with protecting sensitive information, so it is probably worth looking into if you are involved in information security or assurance. More information.

DOT - Federal Aviation Administration


The FAA is looking for summer interns until the end of May.

Treasury Dept. - Internal Revenue Service

The IRS, as it handles a great deal of confidential information, is worth looking into as well.

Central Intelligence Agency

The CIA is looking for information security and information assurance professionals. The Science, Technology, and Weapons Analyst track seems like the best match, although they provide a "career director" to match your skills and talents, which may or may not be work or skill related, to their career tracks. Student internships are also available. In particular, the Directorate of Science and Technology is recruiting CS majors for internships.

Federal Reserve Board

Permanent positions:

"The Board offers graduates in computer science, engineering, and information science challenging career opportunities in many information technology fields. Applicants should have experience in mainframe or distributed systems or in telecommunications. Knowledge of economics, finance, or accounting is also valuable for many positions."


The Board's IT division is looking for computer science majors who have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year. All applications must be received by the end of the first week of March in the year in which you wish to start.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Permanent positions:

NASA is always looking for computer scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.


"The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is sponsoring the NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (NASA-USRP), offering undergraduates across the United States mentored research experiences at the NASA Centers. Two sessions will be offered: 10 weeks during Summer 2005 and 15 weeks during Fall 2005.The NASA-USRP seeks applications from undergraduates enrolled full-time in an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be rising juniors or seniors at the completion of the Spring 2005 semester/quarter. Eligible fields of study are academic major or demonstrated course work concentration in engineering, mathematics, computer science or physical/life sciences." Minimum GPA: 3.0/4.0

GSFC - The NASA Academy Program Goddard Space Flight Center "An intensive resident summer institute of higher learning for college undergraduate and graduate students, dedicated to promoting current and future opportunities for innovation and leadership in aero-space related careers. The NASA Academy is a leadership development program that fosters creativity, personal initiative, and leadership qualities, together with group mentality, teamwork and professional ethics." Looking for computer science, math, and engineering majors.

Social Security Administration

Permanent placement:

Looking for IT specialists.

U.S. Postal Service

The USPS is always looking for IT personnel, and may be looking for information security specialists.

Sandia National Laboratories

Sandia's employment page.

Los Alamos National Laboratories

Los Alamos' employment page.