Summer Program for Operations Research Technology (SPORT) at the National Security Agency

The Summer Program for Operations Research Technology (SPORT) at the National Security Agency (NSA) is hosting virtual information sessions for its summer 2024 program (details below). Note: this opportunity is limited to US Citizens.


SPORT is an internship hosted by the NSA for graduate students in fields including operations research, math, statistics, industrial engineering, and/or data science. SPORT interns are matched to projects which leverage their expertise against impactful problems.  Projects may involve building optimization models, conducting exploratory data analysis, developing predictive analytics, modeling system processes, and providing data-driven recommendations to support strategic decisions.


SPORT interns lead their own projects with support from full-time mentors. In addition to project work, the summer consists of weekly seminars on OR topics, opportunities to tour facilities and organizations, and an internal career fair to showcase career opportunities. SPORT provides an excellent avenue for full-time employment at NSA with over 50% of participants since 2012 being hired back into the Agency after graduation.

Application instructions for SPORT and other NSA opportunities, can be found at SPORT applications for summer 2024 are open from now until Oct 15th and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


For any questions, please feel free to reach out to


Session #1

Friday, September 29th, 2023

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Link: SPORT 20230923


Session #2*

Wednesday, October 4th, 2023

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Link: SPORT 20231004


Session #3*

Tuesday, October 10th, 2023

8:30am - 9:30am

Link: SPORT 20231010


*Session subject to cancellation in the event of a federal lapse in appropriations

Deadline: Oct. 29, 2023, midnight