NSA is now hiring for 2024 summer internships. Applications for these paid opportunities are open, offering real-world, resume-boosting experience and valuable networking opportunities. These programs cater to a wide range of candidates, from high school students to doctoral candidates. Undergrad and graduate students can apply between September 1 and October 31 for programs such as the Director’s Summer Program, Cybersecurity Directorate Summer Intern Program, and Computer Science Intern Program. High school students looking to jumpstart their careers can apply for programs like the Gifted and Talented Language Program and the High School Work Study Program, with applications accepted from September 1 to October 31.

Contract Opportunities to Watch: SAS and MAG Aerospace

SAS and MAG Aerospace have joined forces to leverage their expertise in AI, analytics, and Joint All-Domain Command and Control for the US Space Force’s Space Systems Command’s $900 million IDIQ contract. This collaboration aims to enable the Space Force to effectively analyze and utilize the vast amount of data generated by its network of radars and sensors, enhancing decision-making capabilities and network integration in the realm of space operations. SAS’ analytical capabilities and MAG Aerospace’s secure cloud environment hosting SAS Viya platform position them uniquely to support the Space Force’s evolving mission in global space operations.

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The Chance to Compete Act gained traction as it aims to change federal hiring practices. This legislation proposed a shift away from relying solely on self-assessments for qualification determination and placing a greater emphasis on evaluating hands-on skills.

The Act encourages agencies to involve subject matter experts (SMEs) in the hiring process. SMEs would be an integral part of assessments, interviews, and resume reviews. The executive branch has already taken steps towards these goals. But the Act sends a message about the future of federal recruitment. It aims to provide more stability, prevent regression to old practices, and demonstrate congressional commitment to modernizing hiring in the federal government. It also promotes skills-based hiring. This move could potentially open doors for a wider pool of qualified candidates and accelerate the recruitment process.

“Every hardworking taxpayer in this country deserves a Federal government that’s built upon a foundation that breeds efficiency – and to achieve that end, the outdated Federal hiring process must be reformed,” Rep. Foxx said in a statement. “In its current state, this archaic process serves more as a deterrent to attracting talented individuals, and it seriously undermines the Federal workforce’s ability to properly serve the American people.”

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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.