It is possible, even while a young person is still in school, to get a head start on creating a cleared career and obtaining a security clearance. Some federal programs offer students work experience and on-the-job training.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), headquartered at Fort George G. Meade, offers a Pathways Internship Program. It provides students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions – from high school to graduate level – with opportunities to work in a federal environment while continuing their education. This is a paid internship program. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service. The program is open to high school and college students who maintain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA and at least a half-time class load.
DISA also operates a Pathways Recent Graduate Program for individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. It’s designed for graduates who seek a dynamic career development program with training and mentorship. The program provides developmental experiences in the federal government intended to promote possible careers in civil service.
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The National Security Agency (NSA), also headquartered at Fort George G. Meade, operates a high school work-study program. The program hires students into paid positions as either office assistants or computer aides. The program is open to high school juniors who are enrolled in a business or computer class. They must maintain an unweighted GPA of at least 2.5 and plan to participate in a school-sponsored work experience program in their senior year. Students receive on-the-job training (sometimes in sophisticated computer equipment) and work a minimum of 20 hours per week.