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Draper Industrial Security Summer Intern in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit

Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now

Equal Employment Opportunity

Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact

This role will reside within the Industrial Security team within the Draper Security department to provide project and additional duty support. Assignments may include such disciplines as personnel clearances, classified information management, security auditing and inquiries, physical security, etc. Tasks may include, but are not limited to: shadowing security employees to learn their duties and responsibilities by working with security officers, industrial security specialists, and employees throughout the organization. The position will involve working on projects to improve overall security processes.

Program Details:

  • This is a great opportunity for a college student to gain real-world experience in the field of Industrial Security as it pertains to classified government contracting.

  • The Security intern will rotate working between multiple groups within the Security Department to ensure a base knowledge set is experienced for comprehensive professional development in all Industrial Security domains; including: PERSEC, OPSEC, PHYSEC, Counter-intelligence, Incident Investigation, Special Programs and Administrative Security.

  • Provide assistance to the Security team, including, but not limited to, reviewing Security files, processing background investigation paperwork, security clearance processing and visitor management.

  • There is flexibility regarding hours and program duration based on applicant’s school schedule and availability.

  • This position can be partially hybrid remote, however being in the office, when appropriate, is an important part of this experience.

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited bachelor’s / master’s degree program in Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Security & Intelligence, Security Management or related field

  • Must be a U.S. citizen

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Excellent work ethic with the ability to work independently or in a team environment

  • Ability to adapt to ever-changing environments, risks, and vulnerabilities

  • Strong computer skills including MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel

Preferred competencies:

  • Highly motivated, interest in the fields of security operations, services, methodologies and best practices

  • Knowledge of National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM)

  • A current or recent US Government security clearance is desired

Special Note: Willingness and ability to apply for a US Government security clearance upon acceptance of offer is required.

ID: 2023-7022

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc