Creating new opportunities for national security service.

The National Service Portfolio creates new opportunities for national security service for those who might not otherwise participate in national security innovation. The portfolio’s programs focus on building models of service that account for generational and cultural differences between the military, academic, and venture communities, and that provide flexible pathways to official service within the Department of Defense (DoD). Together, these models and pathways aim to grow and diversify participation in national security service.

NSIN’s National Service Portfolio programs include:


The X-Force Fellowship is a summer internship program that provides undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates a chance to serve their country by solving real-world national security problems in collaboration with the U.S. military.

The Fellowship is a full-time (40 hours per week), paid opportunity.

Past military problem topics include developing virtual reality training modules for the Air Force, improving internal communications for the Marine Corps, revolutionizing predictive maintenance for the Navy, and modernizing personnel and asset tracking for the Army.

At the conclusion of the program, participants have developed and demonstrated a prototype capability for their military sponsor.


Despite a high level of interest in national security service among STEM students, the Department of Defense remains unable to recruit and hire top university talent due in part to bureaucratic recruitment and hiring processes. The NSIN Hirethon is designed to directly connect STEM students and recent graduates with an interest in civil service with DoD organizations looking to hire. By short-circuiting the traditional application and evaluation processes and timelines, NSIN will build the 21st century STEM workforce that DoD needs.


The Technology and National Security Fellowship (TNSF) is an opportunity for technologists and entrepreneurs to serve their country by embedding with key decision makers at the top levels of the U.S. Government to provide advice and emerging expertise for issues at the critical intersection of national security and technology.

Tech Squad

The NSIN Tech Squad is a remote, part-time, voluntary service opportunity that connects early-career STEM professionals with Department of Defense units to solve tech-oriented national security problems collaboratively.


The NSIN Experts identifies mid-career faculty experts with STEM, cyber, or entrepreneurial backgrounds and pairs them with DoD leadership for periodic consults over the course of three months.