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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Summer 2022 Internship Program

Job Summary

ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Temporary Hire Students perform a variety of functions and tasks in support of the organization to which they are assigned. Work assignments will involve problem identification, analysis, and resolution. Specific duties may include the preparation and presentation of briefings directly related to work assigned. They must be in attendance at and enrolled in a graduate, baccalaureate, or associate degree program. They are placed on one-year temporary appointments, which can be extended in one-year increments until the student graduates. Their appointment terminates upon graduation or when the student no longer attends school, even if the expiration date on the current appointment has not been reached.

Additional Job Information

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: In addition to the eligibility and education requirements, students will be selected based on academic, background, or work-related experience relevant to one of the below NGA mission areas or work roles:
* Imagery analysis, imagery science, analytic methodology and geospatial analysis.
* Collection tradecraft.
* Content management and media production.
* Aeronautics, bathymetry, cartography, geography, data management, data science, data stewardship, human geography, linguistics, photogrammetry, maritime studies, land or marine surveying, orbital and earth science
* Cybersecurity, IT Architecture & Engineering, IT Operations, Software Development, Cost Estimation, and Program Management
* Research and Development (R&D) Scientist and Science and Technology Programmatics Officer; areas of focus include computer vision, machine learning, artificial intelligence, geophysics, mathematical modeling and environmental science.
* Contract specialist and purchasing agent.
* Auditing, inspections, investigations, policy and strategy, communications.
* Financial management/analysis, budget analysis, and accounting.
* Human resources, training and education, diversity and equal employment.
* Program and business administration officer, program analyst, editor, communications officer, GEOINT capabilities integration officer, international officer and NSG partner engagement.
* Program and office administration.
* Emergency Management, Facilities Architecture & Engineering, Law Enforcement, Management Services, Medical and Clinical, Occupational Health & Environment Protection, Security, and Threat Assessment.

Furthermore, NGA seeks student interns who demonstrate key cross-cutting NGA competencies and who will embody NGA core values. These competencies and values are as follows:

NGA Cross-Cutting Competencies
* Accountability for Results: Takes responsibility for work, sets and meets priorities, and organizes and utilizes time and resources efficiently and effectively.
* Communication: Comprehends and conveys information with and from others in writing, reading, listening, and verbal and non-verbal actions. Uses a variety of media in communicating and making presentations appropriate to the audience.
* Critical Thinking: Uses logic, analysis, synthesis, creativity, judgment, and systematic approaches to gather, evaluate, and use multiple sources of information to inform decisions and outcomes.
* Engagement & Collaboration: Recognizes, values, builds and leverages collaborative and constructive teams to include networks of diverse coworkers, peers, customers, and stakeholders to share knowledge and achieve results.
* Personal Leadership & Integrity: Demonstrates personal initiative and innovation as well as honesty, integrity, openness, and respect in dealing with coworkers, peers, customers, stakeholders, and teams. Demonstrates selfless service, a commitment to excellence, and the courage and conviction to express their professional views.

NGA Core Values:
* Excellence - Be first rate in all that you do.
* Accountability - Answer for your conduct, even when no one else is looking.
* Respect - Leverage diversity and creativity to perform as one NGA team.
* Teamwork - Work together to achieve common goals.
* Honesty - Be truthful at all times.

Additional Application Requirement: You may be asked to complete one or more assessments in addition to the application you submit on this website as part of your application to NGA. These assessments may include but are not limited to:
1) Online questionnaires or assessments that require you to describe your job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, or other characteristics that are aligned with the mandatory and desirable qualifications of this job posting. The information you provide in the application you submit must support the response you provide to this questionnaire.
You will receive an email to describe any additional assessments required. Please monitor your emails and complete any required assessments as soon as possible.

Mandatory Qualifications

MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online applications must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement's mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:

1. U.S. Citizen
2. At least 18 years of age at time of application
3. Ability to obtain a Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Comparted Information)
4. Passing a Polygraph
5. Position is subject to Drug Testing
6. Students must be currently enrolled at least part time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university degree program (associates, bachelors, graduate, or post-graduate) with a graduation date of August 2021 or later.
7. Students scheduled to graduate prior to August 2021 are ineligible unless accepted and enrolled in a subsequent degree program. Documentation of subsequent degree program acceptance and enrollment will be required.
8. Students accepted to the internship program must send an official transcript to Student Programs once the Spring 2021 Semester is over.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: Incumbent must be enrolled in an associate degree program, baccalaureate, or graduate program. Students must maintain a 3.0 G.P.A. on 4.0 scale.

Highly Desired Qualifications

QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:

Additional Job Requirements

You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: Promotion opportunities allow applicants at all band levels to be considered. Qualifications for NGA positions do not include specific time-in-band requirements. NGA will emphasize quality of experience, rather than duration, and assess how the quality of the experience demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for successful job performance in the NGA occupational structure.

Band 01 $23,222 - $63,906

PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are not authorized.

Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family.

For more information on the array of benefits programs, please visit

Cover Letter

Applicants are not required to submit a cover letter. The entire cover letter cannot exceed the specified limits provided in the Cover Letter field (3,000 characters). Pages exceeding this limit will not be considered. The cover letter is recommended but is not required for employment consideration with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Applicants should place their narrative information in the Cover Letter / Other Professional Details field.

Who may apply

External Applicants Only

How to apply

Application submission involves applying using the Intelligence Community's Applicant Gateway on-line application process.


How will I be evaluated?

APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages:

1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria,
2) Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to determine the best-qualified candidates,
3) Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through an interview process.

Military retiree applicants, if selected, may be impacted by the 180-day appointment restrictions of DODI 1402.01. HD personnel will provide additional information if applicable.

Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. This description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted.

In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at

All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.

NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Conditions of Employment

As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.

- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information)
- Polygraph Test Required
- Position Subject to Drug Testing
- Two Year Probationary Period
- Direct Deposit Required

DCIPS Disclaimer

NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee's base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee's annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.

This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in your application.