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Career Development

National Security Scholarship Program (NSSP)

Washington College students may apply to intern and receive scholarship awards in the National Security Scholarship Program. Sponsored by the Independent College Fund of Maryland, this program offers qualified students, an opportunity to work for various homeland security focused partners
such as:

  • AAI Corporation
  • Boeing Advanced Information Systems
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • CACI
  • Computer Sciences Corporation
  • COPT
  • Essex Corporation
  • General Dynamics
  • Harris Corporation
  • L-3 Communications
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Raytheon
  • Verizon Federal Network System
  • The National Security Agency

Selected scholars can receive up to $15,000 in scholarship awards. 


Is there a GPA and class requirement for this internship program?

Yes students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, have earned a minimum 24 + class credits which must be completed by October 10 of their Junior Year, be in good academic and social standing, and planning to return to Washington College for the academic semester following the internship.

When may I apply?

Applications are accepted by NSSP from September to early October.

Can I earn academic credit through this internship?

Yes, academic credit can be earned when the student signs a learning contract with the appropriate supervising faculty member.

What is needed to apply?

For application information and assistance, please make an appointment with the Assistant Dean for Curricular Enrichment. 

How do I learn about my application status?

Initial review of applications is made by the NSSP review panel in mid-October. All candidates are notified whether or not they were selected for an interview by the end of October.

Candidate interviews are conducted the first and second Saturdays in November, and each candidate is assigned a specific time and date for an interview. These interview slots cannot be changed. All interviews are conducted at :

Booz Allen Hamilton
304 Sentinel Road
Annapolis Junction, MD 21701

All applicants receive e-mail notification with results of the scholarship interview process on or about December 1. Selected applicants will move forward to security clearance processing.

When candidates successfully complete security clearance, they are reviewed by the NSSP Board for internship placement with program partners and/or notified of scholarship award in early June.

All scholarship candidates must confirm (email or in writing) acceptance of internship by mid June. A Thank You letter addressed to “The I-Fund NSSP Supporters” is required and should be received by the end of June.