Britany Selhorst is a senior majoring in Math and Security & Intelligence. She was chosen to participate in a 12 week internship this last summer with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.
"This past summer, I had a 12 week internship with the National Geospatial- Intelligence Agency (NGA). The internship was located in the DC area and fortunately, it was a paid internship. However, the best part of my internship was the real work experience I gained. I was not given small tasks to fill my time, but I was given real-world projects, and I was able to see the products of my hard work.
NGA is part of the Intelligence community that exploits GEOINT. I was able to actively take part in NGAs mission to provide the intelligence community and the war fighters with solid imagery intelligence. As an intern, I really got to experience how the intelligence community collaborates. I had access to intellipedia and other sources where I was personally able to collaborate with other agencies.
NGA has a great internship program with about 60 internships each summer. It is a very well organized internship program. There are organized luncheons where the interns gather to learn more about a particular part of the agency/intelligence community or we would go on a tour. The intern program managers intently listen to any improvements or ideas that the interns have to improve the program. The managers also allowed me to plan a Capitol Hill tour for all the interns.
NGA offers many benefits that other Intelligence Agencies do not have. NGA promotes their employees having a work and home life balance. For instance, there is a program that allows all employees who apply to use three hours of their work week to work out at their facilities. Being able to work out during your work schedule allows many of their employees to maintain healthy lifestyles without cutting into their family/ social time. As an intern, I was able to have access to all of these benefits.
I honestly could not have asked for a better internship experience. I met great people and made some lasting friendships. I also realized I want to sustain a career in the IC and NGA is a great agency where my career can grow."