Resources for Students

Resources for students

It is possible, even while you are 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.

A student’s ability to maintain sound finances also impacts their ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Educating yourself about finances now will prepare you to be fiscally responsible throughout your life.

Work Study and Internship Opportunities

DISA Pathways 

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. It’s designed for individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs and 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.

Homeland Security Student Pathways

Providing education and employment opportunities for students in an effort to secure the homeland. Check for opportunities for students and recent graduates.

NSA Work-Study

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 also 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.

Financial Literacy Information and Tools

High School Financial Planning Program

This program offers lessons that help high school students plan ahead for their future. Learn about money management, the importance and cost of using credit and other important information to guide you on your path to financial freedom.

Discover Your Financial Identity

Use this quiz to determine what you prioritize in your financial life.

Financial Calculators

Use the various calculators on this page to manage your finances without fear of making mathematical mistakes.

Cash Course

Register for a free account on this site to access lessons on finances, as well as various tools to help you manage your money.