NSA Intelligence Analysis Summer Program

The National Security Agency's Intelligence Analysis Summer Program offers rising college seniors the opportunity to receive training in a multifaceted cryptologic discipline. By apprenticing to a senior NSA analyst, they gain practical and theoretical knowledge of the NSA, the Signals Intelligence process, and the U.S. Intelligence Community. It is an intensive 12-week program that runs from the end of May through mid-August for undergraduates entering their final year of an undergraduate degree program (juniors at the time of application).

NSA Summer Language Program

The National Security Agency's Summer Language Program offers students the opportunity to sharpen their foreign language skills to a professional level. Over the course of the 12-week internship, they will learn to analyze foreign communications for vital intelligence missions by apprenticing with experienced language analysts. The program is intended for high-potential full-time college upperclassmen and graduate students who have taken at least one language course per semester or who have achieved language proficiency through some other means (e.g., are native/heritage speakers).

DIA's Academic Semester Internship Program

The Defense Intelligence Agency's Academic Semester Internship Program offers high-potential full-time college upperclassmen and graduate students the opportunity to gain paid work experience in intelligence analysis while enrolled in classes. Internships normally begin in September and may be extended through the spring semester. Interns are considered part-time temporary employees (working between 16 and 20 hours per week) and must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. university or college located within a commutable distance to DIA locations.

Peace Corps

The Peace Corps offers students the opportunity to work directly with communities on their most pressing issues while gaining a competitive advantage in today's global economy with international experience, cross-cultural understanding, and fluency in a foreign language. Peace Corps experience can springboard careers in the government, nonprofit, academic, and private sectors. The traditional Peace Corps program is 27 months, with a variety of job assignments in more than 60 countries.

Political Science Internships

Internships provide students with an opportunity to gain real-world experience related to their academic field of study while earning academic credit.

In the past, students have completed internships with the following local agencies:

  • Madison County Legislative Office
  • City of Huntsville Planning Department
  • City of Huntsville Personnel Department
  • City Attorney's Office
  • Government Accountability Office
  • Social Security Administration
  • National Children's Advocacy Center
  • Law Offices
  • Alabama Circuit Court Judges
  • Alabama Regional Council of Governments
  • Redstone Arsenal

Some have also served as legislative and executive interns in Washington, D.C.

To enroll in an internship for academic credit, students must first receive Departmental approval. They must also have at least a junior standing if an undergraduate or at least 12 hours of coursework if a graduate.

Interns may receive 1-6 hours of academic credit, with a maximum of 6 credits counted toward graduation. An internship equivalent to 3 credit hours roughly equates to 16-20 hours a week at the assignment.

Internships equivalent to 6 credit hours are limited to full-time interns working outside of Madison County (e.g., Washington, D.C.); however, a part-time intern can earn 6 hours of credit at a local agency if they complete two different assignments.

Every intern must complete a research paper related to their internship experience, in addition to a final report and a self-evaluation describing how the assignment related to their career goals and course work. The final report may be shared with the agency. The agency supervisor also completes an internship evaluation form, which is taken into account when determining the student's grade for the assignment.


Dr. Andrée Reeves