National Security Agency


Data Center Management (DCM) Intern Program (43351622)
Location: Fort Meade, Maryland - United States
Posted: 11/25/2017

Data Center Management (DCM) Intern Program

Responsibilities Data Center Management (DCM) is a dynamic, emerging field created to govern the facilities and complex engineering frameworks that support massive parallel computing systems. DCM involves an unprecedented integrated approach that combines power and HVAC engineering disciplines with telecommunications and business management. All of these branches of knowledge join together to help create a safe and secure environment where parallel computing systems and their infrastructure can operate at peak efficiency with optimal potential for future expansion. DCM also involves ensuring that efficient and forward-thinking practices are implemented during the construction, installation, and maintenance projects that occur regularly within the walls of an operating data center. Applicable areas of study include, but are not limited to: - Engineering Mechanical Electrical/Power Systems Industrial Control Systems - Computer Information Systems - Computer Engineering The DCM Program is a 12-week program that provides students with real world exposure to Data Center Management and Technology. Participants will gain experience through a hands-on approach to what it takes to manage a data center. Previous intern projects have included: - Research of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) tools, which are software based programs to better manage most aspects of a data center. - Creation of server room layout to optimize efficiency of a data center. - Use of 6 Sigma Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tool to better understand how certain factors affect the IT environment. - Research of ideas to prevent overheating of data centers. - Physical, hands-on moving of IT equipment and infrastructure to improve data center efficiency. Positions in this program will be available at our main complex in Ft. Meade, MD, NSA Texas, San Antonio, and the NSA Utah Data Center outside of Salt Lake City. Qualifications - Must be a U.S. citizen. - Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance. - Must have a competitive GPA; preference is for a minimum, cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. - Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between the months of December 2017 and March 2018 - Must major in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Information Systems Management. - Must have attained a minimum of sophomore status and have at least one semester remaining following the internship. - Must provide transcripts covering academic qualifications described above. Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule - Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level. - Receive annual leave, sick leave and paid federal holidays. - Participation in agency-wide extracurricular programs. - Students who attend schools in excess of 75 miles from the selected location are eligible for a round trip airfare ticket to and from school or mileage reimbursement up to the cost of a government-issued airline ticket. - Daily transportation to and from work is not provided. Students participating in the program are highly encouraged to bring a vehicle. Carpooling with other students MAY be available but NOT guaranteed. - Housing accommodations are available upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from the selected location. How To Apply - External Applications must be submitted online on or before November 15th. Applications received after the deadline, as well as incomplete packages, will not be considered. To be considered for the Data Center Management Intern Program, your application should include: - Official transcripts. - A resume. To submit the online application, you must use our resume builder application tool - you cannot upload a resume. For step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application, please refer to the application guide at intelligencecareers.gov/nsa, click Job Search/Apply, and look under the Need Help section. Transcripts: Transcripts may be issued directly by the Registrar, or issued to you by the Registrar, then sent with your application materials. Only originals via post, photocopies of originals via post, scanned copies of originals via email (PDF format only) will be accepted. If your Registrar is capable of directly sending electronic transcripts, please have them sent directly to you and then email the transcripts to Summer_IL_DCM@nsa.gov as an attachment. Please do not send html transcripts accessible via a website or text versions thereof. IMPORTANT: When applying online, you may only submit your resume by completing the online resume builder. Please email all other required documentation to Summer_IL_DCM@nsa.gov. **Applications are not complete without the requested documentation. If you have applied to multiple positions, you MUST follow the instructions on each posting and send your requested documents to each program separately. Documents will NOT be shared between programs. If you have questions about the Data Center Intern Program, please contact us at the email above or call 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also e-mail Summer_Interns@nsa.gov or call (410) 854-4726. ***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph. This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility. DCIPS Disclaimer The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.

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Job Capacity:Employee (full-time)
Minimum Education Level:See Job Description
Visa Sponsorship: No
Related Industries:Other

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