Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)Student Internships. Use your time and talents to build a career – and protect American citizens.

In cities across the country, TSA secures airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and public transit systems. You can make a world of difference to the traveling public through an internship with TSA and serve your nation while you’re still in school. At TSA, you can protect your nation’s transportation infrastructure from terrorist attacks and ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.

As an intern, you will participate in our vision of providing the most effective transportation security in the most efficient way as a high-performing counterterrorism organization. TSA has a diverse workforce, and positions span many different occupations to fill a variety of technical, business, HR, policy, legal, and security related jobs. You will gain valuable experience into the workings of one of the most public facing entities in the federal government; be exposed to the dynamic situations and challenges confronting our workforce and transportation systems; and become an active participant in coming up with solutions, process improvements, and efficiencies.

An entire network of program offices exists at TSA that serve as the backbone of the day-to-day operations, and are critical to homeland security. These program offices including Office of Global Strategies (OGS), Office of Intelligence and Analysis (OIA), Office of Information Technology (OIT), Office of Security Operations (OSO), Office of Security Policy & Industry Engagement (OSPIE), and many others are focused on national security, intelligence, counter terrorism, and mission support. The internship program is intended to give students an opportunity to experience what it's like to work at TSA, as well as interact with experts, explore opportunities and develop and enhance personal and professional skills. This is a chance for you to intern as part of our dynamic team and explore a career of limitless opportunities within the federal government.

Most Positions are located at TSA Headquarters in Arlington, VA – conveniently located opposite the Pentagon City Metro station on the Blue or Yellow Metro rail lines.

Requirements:  U.S. Citizenship is required.  If selected for the internship, perspective interns must:  1) Successfully complete background check, fingerprinting process, and internship forms; the background check process can take several weeks therefore it’s important to submit all paperwork in a timely manner 2) Provide latest official transcripts (min. GPA 2.0 or above) as proof of being current students.


2017 Intern Reflection:
My internship at the TSA this summer was a fantastic learning experience. Within TSA, I worked at the Office of Global Strategy (OGS), which is involved in international aviation security and works with all airports that are Last Point of Departures (LPDs) for flights to the United States. This internship coincided with an extraordinarily busy time at OGS as Secretary of Homeland Security Kelly announced the implementation of new enhanced security measures at all LPDs in place of the so-called “laptop ban.” Although my own work did not deal with these new measures, I was able to observe the impact they had on my colleagues and see the grittier details of how policy gets put into practice.

The team I worked for at OGS is responsible for Capacity Development. This team delivers training programs across the globe, and I was tasked with evaluating these training programs and finding ways they could be better tailored to their audiences. This work was fascinating (and complicated!) as it combined counter-terrorism security and foreign assistance. TSA is constantly looking for ways to improve, so they eagerly welcomed the fresh, outside perspective I was able to provide. As the only intern in my office, I was treated as an equal and given a rather substantial project with high expectations. At the same time, my colleagues were open, funny, and easygoing. They supported me at every step and made sure I got a complete picture of what the TSA does beyond OGS. Having been given a large degree of trust, I was pleasantly surprised to find I could contribute significantly to the organization and have a meaningful impact.

Philip Terwisscha van Scheltinga '19

Washington, D.C.
Federal /State and Local Government, Technology