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As a trusted agent of the federal government, NSRI supports national interests and strategies by providing the Department of Defense and other federal agencies with evolutionary and revolutionary solutions to the dangerous and emerging threats of today and of the future.
One of the most critical solutions is a knowledgeable, capable and committed workforce equipped to carry forward 21st-century national security missions. NSRI invests its time, talent and resources into developing students from the University of Nebraska and beyond to pursue defense-related careers.
NSRI offers several ways for students to engage:
- Internships through NSRI
- Contributing to projects through NU faculty researchers
- Wargaming experiences hosted by NSRI
Current Internship OpportunitiesNSRI has one program currently recruiting for summer 2024 internship experiences! The application deadline has been extended to December 17, 2023.
“Hear No Evil” — Radio Frequency (RF) Signal Cancellation
- May 30-August 2 (approximately)
- Scott Technology Center, Omaha, Nebraska
- 40 hours/week
- $19/hour for undergraduate students
- $24.60/hour for graduate students
The goal of the “Hear No Evil” project is to develop advanced algorithms for use in Over-the-Air (OTA) Radio Frequency (RF) active signal cancellation scenarios using destructive interference techniques. This technology aims to significantly reduce or eliminate unwanted RF signals within a defined spectrum, thereby improving the clarity and reliability of desired signals. Potential applications include enhancing wireless communication, radar systems, and electromagnetic warfare.
The interns will work as a team under the guidance of NSRI staff and University of Nebraska faculty to research this significant Department of Defense (DoD) interest area. Interns can also expect to collaborate with members from the DoD stakeholders to include U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), the Joint Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations (JEMSO) Enterprise Center (JEC), and the Naval Surface Warfare Center.
- At least a rising junior at a University of Nebraska campus (one graduate student needed)
- Majors and/or coursework aligned to Engineering (i.e., Electrical, Computer, Mechanical, etc.) and/or Computer Science.
- Must be currently enrolled full-time (12 credit hours) at one of the four University of Nebraska System campuses (UNK, UNL, UNMC, UNO)
- Standing GPA of 3.5+
- Due to the nature of the work at NSRI, this position will require U.S. citizenship
Specific work will involve developing critical algorithms and software for RF signal cancellation and then test and evaluate the algorithms’ performance and effectiveness through research associated with interference scenarios, real-time capability and hardware integration. Deliverables will include but are not limited to briefings to USSTRATCOM, JEMSO, Naval surface Warfare Center, and NSRI leadership and a comprehensive paper covering algorithm implementation, usage guidelines, and maintenance instructions.
Required Knowledge, Technical Skills and/or Abilities
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat
- A high level of organization with ability to research and recall information
- Strong time management, prioritization and critical thinking/strategic thinking skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Electrical engineering
- Computer engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Computer science
- Other related fields or knowledge
To apply please complete the application form below by December 10, 2023. Interviews will be held in December.Apply Here!
Strategic Deterrence Interns
Each summer undergraduate students and ROTC cadets complete research projects within the mission space of U.S. Strategic Command, NSRI's UARC sponsor. In 2021 and 2022 the interns briefed their NSRI internship experience and the resulting deliverables to Lt. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, USSTRATCOM deputy commander. Following is a video summarizing the 2021 experience.
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Each year NSRI connects students to DOD-research experiences. Some of these students choose to pursue careers in national security after their time with NSRI.
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