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Northrop Grumman Military Internship Program (DoD SkillBridge) – Cyber Systems Engineer – San Diego, CA

Requisition ID: R10000152

  • CategoryCategory: Information Technology
  • LocationLocation: San Diego, CA, USA
  • Citizenship RequirementsCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Security Clearance TypeClearance Type: Secret
  • TelecommuteTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • ShiftShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel RequirementsTravel Required: No
  • Number of Positions AvailablePositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

As one of the largest global security companies in the world, Northrop Grumman is proud to help our nation’s military personnel make the transition to civilian careers. Approximately 1/4th of Northrop Grumman’s 90,000 employees self-identify as veterans, and more than 1,600 are reservists.   The Northrop Grumman Military Internship Program (NG-MIP) is an approved SkillBridge Program under Dept. of Defense Instruction 1322.29 .The NG-MIP program is an opportunity for transitioning service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through an individual internship during their last 6 months of service, for up to 180 days. The Northrop Grumman Military internship Program is open to all ranks and experience levels. SkillBridge participants are not eligible for compensation from Northrop Grumman, as they continue to receive military compensation and benefits as active-duty service members. Responsibilities for this internship position are:   Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) has developed the Northrop Grumman – Military Internship Program (DoD SkillBridge) utilizing the DoDI guidance for SkillBridge.  During this program the service member will be on-site at his or her host company performing an individual internship in an entry to mid-level career type role. The service member will be on the job training supporting a work schedule equivalent to 40hrs per week. 

Outlined below are the Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes for the program.  

Goals – Provide transitioning service members fellowship-style job skills training during the last portion(s) of their military commitment. This program is specifically designed to offer internships that result in the potential to transition to a full-time opportunity as the conclusion of the training.  Interns will serve as a pipeline for high-speed, motivated military candidates into NGC.

Objectives - Service Members who complete the Intern program will be highly-trained, capable, future employees that align to the specific needs of the organization and are prepared to meet the NG mission “Defining Possible” on Day 1.  This program provides a comprehensive internship experience including professional development, networking with leadership, and training specifically focused on NG leadership principles, company history, customer/stakeholder engagement, product and service overview, and core job responsibilities.

Outcome – Offer transitioning service member a rewarding opportunity to join the Northrop Grumman team.  

DoD SkillBridge Eligibility:  

  • Meets DoD SkillBridge Qualifications as per DODI 1322.29
  • Has served at least 180 days on active duty
  • Is within 12 months of separation or retirement
  • Will receive an honorable discharge
  • Has taken any service TAPS/TGPS
  • Has attended or participated in an ethics brief within the last 12 months
  • Received Unit Commander (first O-4/Field Grade commander in chain of command) written authorization and approval to participate in DoD SkillBridge Program prior to start of internship.

Job Description -

At the heart of Defining Possible is our commitment to missions. In rapidly changing global security environments,

Northrop Grumman brings informed insights and software-secure technology to enable strategic planning. We’re looking

for innovators who can help us keep building on our wide portfolio of secure, affordable, integrated, and multi-domain

systems and technologies that fuel those missions. By joining in our shared mission, we’ll support yours of expanding

your personal network and developing skills, whether you are new to the field or an industry thought-leader. At Northrop

Grumman, you’ll have the resources, support, and team to do some of the best work of your career.

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is a trusted provider of mission-enabling solutions for global security. Our

Engineering and Sciences (E&S) organization pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities,

and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to

develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage

to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission! We are looking for you to join our team as a Cyber Systems Engineer

based out of San Diego, CA.

As a Cyber Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman you will have a challenging and rewarding opportunity to be a part of

our Enterprise-wide digital transformation. Through the use of Model-based Engineering, DevSecOps and Agile practices

we continue to evolve how we deliver critical national defense products and capabilities for the warfighter. Our success

is grounded in our ability to embrace change, move quickly and continuously drive innovation. The successful candidate

will be collaborative, open, transparent, and team-oriented with a focus on team empowerment & shared responsibility,

flexibility, continuous learning, and a culture of automation.

What You'll Get To Do:

The ideal candidate will apply system security engineering principles to provide realistic solutions designed to enhance

the overall security posture of the system. They will identify threats and develop appropriate protection measures, review

system changes for security implications and recommend improvements, research and draft Cybersecurity white papers,

and provide top tier support to the rest of the team for resolving complex technical challenges.

Roles & Responsibilities include but aren’t limited to:

• Establishes strict program control processes to ensure mitigation of risks and supports obtaining certification and

accreditation of systems. Includes support of process, analysis, coordination, security certification test, security

documentation, as well as investigations, software research, hardware introduction and release, emerging technology

research inspections and periodic audits.

• Responsible for developing and executing test procedures to verify security controls

• Perform analyses to validate established security requirements and to recommend additional security requirements and


• Systems Administration tasks such as configuring & maintaining Active Directory, DNS, Group Policy Objects, security

hardening, patching, granular role-based access, implementing Department of Defense requirements on servers and


• System analysis activities to include requirements analysis, gap analysis, analysis of alternatives

• COTS software installation, documentation, configuration and maintenance

• Development of high-level and detailed system design artifacts in accordance with DoD architecture framework

• Development of trade studies to introduce solutions, products, services and best practices to fit customer needs

• There is the expectation that the hired candidate has the ability to provide recommendations for improvements and

enhancements of platforms, systems and labs

• A qualified candidate must be able to work in a dynamic and fast paced team environment

• Occasional travel may be required


Basic Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in science, engineering or related discipline with 9 years of related experience or 7 years of relevant

experience with a related master's degree

  • Experience with Linux & Windows system administration
  • Experience with the Risk Management Framework (NIST SP 800-53) and/or Committee for National Security Systems

Instruction (CNSSI 1253)

  • Current DoD 8570/8140 IA Certification (Security+CE or similar) OR must have the ability to obtain, and maintain, the

certification within 6 months of start date

  • Must have an active Secret Clearance

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Knowledge and/or experience in one or more of the following technologies: AD/DNS, Patch Management, PKI, HBSS, ACAS, VMware products, Splunk, Ansible, Python, Powershell,, YAML
  • Familiarity in the Risk Management Framework (RMF) Cybersecurity Lifecycle to include: identifying controls and overlays, generating testable requirements, identifying resilient architecture design, configuring, running, and scripting audit tools, providing analysis of vulnerability analyses, conducting verification testing for compliance assessment
  • The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Cyber Security, or a related field, an active Security+CE certificate,
  • and 4 years of hands-on experience with Risk Management Framework in a DSS and/or JSIG environment
  • Knowledge of layer 2 and Layer 3 networking peripherals IASAE 2 or IAM 2 / IAT 3 baseline certification (CISSP, CASP+ CE, CISM etc.)

Salary Range: $89,800 USD - $134,800 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.