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NSA seeks a few brave interns: Spy agency recruiting students as young as 15

If you're a college student studying the art of asking who, what, when, where and why, you may not think of the U.S. intelligence community as a potential employer. But when your prospects are copy-editing a failing newspaper in a dying town, or working for free putting together slide-shows of celebrities' plastic surgery disasters, you could do a lot worse than an internship – paid –at the National Security Agency (NSA).

During the Cold War, it was not terribly unusual for foreign correspondents at major newspapers to be on the CIA's payroll. As reporters, they had access that was denied to other Americans and had a good cover for meeting with U.S. assets abroad. Many considered it a patriotic duty; others probably just needed to pay their tab at the Hilton. But that was a program for the old and seasoned. If you really want a loyal employee, you got to get them while they are young and earnest.

If you are a college junior or senior with a 3.0 grade point average, a concentration in “writing, editing, journalism” or a related field – and the ability “to be granted a security clearance” (delete your Facebook, friend) –  you can be on your way to a “competitive salary” and subsidized housing at Ft. Meade, Maryland. The job: Promoting “accurate and timely information” on the NSA's “missions and accomplishments,” which is probably less than true.

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