To keep its code-breaking prowess, the National Security Agency must recruit scores of the brightest students in math and computer science each year. The Snowden revelations are hurting those efforts.

"I was at a Dartmouth career fair a few months ago, and our table was right across from Facebook. And we are looking for some of the same things that they are.", Neal Ziring, NSA computer scientist

Matthew Green, a professor of computer science at Hopkins, says the number of such students the school turns out each year can vary. “Sometimes it’s a half-a-dozen,” he says. “Sometimes it’s just one or two.”

Green says the Snowden leaks have changed academia’s views of the agency.

"Before the Snowden leaks we looked at the NSA as being a spy agency, and they did what they were supposed to do," he says. "But we’ve learned that they’re been collecting this incredible amount of information. And they’re not shy about doing whatever they have to do to get access to that information."

Green says he doesn’t feel as friendly toward the NSA as he once did. It’s important that people learn about the Snowden documents, he says, and he teaches about them to students like Swann. Swann says Green’s class helped shape his thinking on whether to work for the NSA.

Matt Damon said it best in Good Will Hunting


Why shouldn’t I work for the N.S.A.? That’s a tough one, but I’ll take a shot. Say I’m working at N.S.A. Somebody puts a code on my desk, something nobody else can break. Maybe I take a shot at it and maybe I break it. And I’m real happy with myself, cause I did my job well. But maybe that code was the location of some rebel army in North Africa or the Middle East. Once they have that location, they bomb the village where the rebels were hiding and fifteen hundred people I never met, never had no problem with, get killed. Now the politicians are sayin’, “Oh, send in the Marines to secure the area” cause they don’t give a shit. It won’t be their kid over there, gettin’ shot. Just like it wasn’t them when their number got called, cause they were pullin’ a tour in the National Guard. It’ll be some kid from Southie takin’ shrapnel in the ass.

And he comes back to find that the plant he used to work at got exported to the country he just got back from. And the guy who put the shrapnel in his ass got his old job, cause he’ll work for fifteen cents a day and no bathroom breaks. Meanwhile, he realizes the only reason he was over there in the first place was so we could install a government that would sell us oil at a good price. And, of course, the oil companies used the skirmish over there to scare up domestic oil prices. A cute little ancillary benefit for them, but it ain’t helping my buddy at two-fifty a gallon.

And they’re takin’ their sweet time bringin’ the oil back, of course, and maybe even took the liberty of hiring an alcoholic skipper who likes to drink martinis and fuckin’ play slalom with the icebergs, and it ain’t too long ‘til he hits one, spills the oil and kills all the sea life in the North Atlantic. So now my buddy’s out of work and he can’t afford to drive, so he’s got to walk to the fuckin’ job interviews, which sucks cause the shrapnel in his ass is givin’ him chronic hemorrhoids. And meanwhile he’s starvin’, cause every time he tries to get a bite to eat, the only blue plate special they’re servin’ is North Atlantic scrod with Quaker State.

So what did I think? I’m holdin’ out for somethin’ better. I figure fuck it, while I’m at it why not just shoot my buddy, take his job, give it to his sworn enemy, hike up gas prices, bomb a village, club a baby seal, hit the hash pipe and join the National Guard? I could be elected president.

“zayn’s just not ready for marriage”

okay but like…he’s the one who proposed. he’s the one who had the idea to get married. if he’s rethinking that decision he needs to sit down and talk to his fiancee about it, not go out and cheat on her. not being ready for marriage doesn’t justify being unfaithful, ever



Social Media Highlights

We’ve been featuring the My Public Lands Magazine. Plan your next trip and enjoy the full online version of the My Public Lands Magazine, Spring 2015. For more photos of each location, visit our My Public Lands Flickr

We continued our #WomenInSTEM Wednesday campaign. Each Wednesday, BLM’s social media will post about women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, also known as STEM. Last week, we featured a story about Niki Cutler, Hydrologist for BLM-Nevada’s Sierra Front Field Office who took local 8th grader Mattie on a field trip as a “youth exposure to Natural Resource/ Hydrology opportunity”. See the post here:

We celebrated the San Juan Islands National Monument’s 2nd Birthday with beautiful employee photos and historic photos for Throwback Thursday

Internal News

We are highlighting BLM careers across the agency with wonderful employee stories. We featured BLM-Nevada and their recent career fair outreach, BLM-California Park Rangers and the Department of Interior highlighted a BLM-Montana Botanist.


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We had a career fair today and I’m really interested in criminal justice so I walked up to the stand where a female police officer was standing and she was like “yES FINALLY A WOMAN WE NEED MORE WOMEN IN OUR UNIT” and I’m hella feminist so I was just like “heCK YEAH Y’ALL DO I AM JOINING YOUR SQUAD” and she gave me a high five and we legit did war cries for about five minutes straight while a male police officer looked at us like we were insane

I’m in this pathetic mood right now. Maybe I’ll delete this later.
I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing. I shifted my focus a bit on the major change from straight-Computer Science to an Independent Major that combines Computer Science classes with Management and Economics classes.
Well, there seems to be no easy process anywhere on this campus when it comes to changing majors, at least not for me. I’d met with a councelor, sent in a short informal proposal for the major, got the approval for that, then got a few professors on board for it and sent in the 14-page “formal” proposal, waited 3 weeks for that feedback, got the notes on it, now have to do almost a complete rewrite of it, and then after I get around to doing that (in between studying for the 4 classes I’m taking), I’ll have to attend to another round of notes, and so on, and so on, and why can’t this shit just be easy? Why can’t I just take the classes I want? Why the processes? They have their “hoops”, everyone has their “hoops” when you’re seeking “permission”, and Christ, I’m being sloppy as hell to be blogging about this publicly, but fuck, it’s a “college experience”, right?
Adding to this is the fact that I can’t get a flawless test result on any exam that’s not essay-based (I don’t care that it’s a white whine. I need a damn WIN). I don’t even have my ECON or my ASTR3 midterms back, but I already know of a few dumb mistakes I made. I mean, easy questions I either didn’t see (so skipped) or just blew because I was bunched up under exam pressure and the incessant creep of the minute hand on my watch during the test.
And then I had to go to another campus “Career Fair” the other day. Am I a fucking idiot? Do I like that feeling over and over again of being in the computer world’s version of a casting cattle call? When everyone else’s “tech resume” is probably better than mine? What a great feeling. Yeah, I needed that. Again.

I don’t know what I’m doing.

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Disheartening fact about being a minority female in a male dominated world

Went to career fair at college on Thursday. Got all gussied up in a professional dress and I even printed my resume out on resume paper.

For those of you who don’t know, Clemson TechJob career fair is one of the largest recruiting opportunities for companies worldwide (meaning over 200 companies compete to get us to get jobs) some companies are offering jobs for only two students, some are offering over 100.

So I went. I talked to 4 companies I REALLY wanted to and about 6 that I was ‘meh’ about. I ran out of resumes (I printed 15) and went home. In an hour. Wait. That’s about 3 mins per person, right? But my classmates were telling me they talked to people for so long it got awkward, as in three companies in *three hours*. So what was up?

You see, I talked to three companies for at least 10 mins each. So that leaves the rest for *less than* 3 mins each. Wait. WUT?

I know what you’re thinking, ‘perhaps she interviews REALLY BAD.’ I can assure you I do not and being a senior in Mechanical Engineering, well, I have a competitive GPA. So what’s the problem?

I don’t have a dick. I know, I know, ‘poor girl whining about sexist men’, but hear me out okay?

I stood in line to speak to the recruiter at one company (SPAWAR) and the recruiter refused to shake my hand, he spoke to me in a loud slow tone (like English was a second language for me) and told me that they were recruiting seniors in science fields. I was wearing a name badge with my major and year on it. That threw me aback. I’m sure I stared at him in shock for a second before I regained my footing (I did get 100% in improv) and cheerfully introduced myself as a ME senior and that I was interested in the company and the CS they designed for the US mil and would like to know more about the opportunities for ME’s and how I would apply in the spring.

He stared at me like I had 5 heads and tried to give me a mousepad (free stuff at career fairs y’all). He then repeated that they were looking for seniors in scientific majors like engineering but they might have something in my field.

I repeated that I was an ME and asked if he had any brochures (clearly this was going nowhere). It was then when he realized there was a MAN behind me. He gave me a sweet smile and turned to the guy behind me, shook his hand, introduced himself and said they were looking at seniors in engineering. It was then that I picked up the information on the table and went to my next companies.

I wish I could say this was a one time thing, but actually, most companies completely ignored me in favor for the men behind me. I’ll say that the good experiences I did have were phenomenal and I expect to get calls from at least two companies, but yeah… This sucks. Especially when I’m leader of my study group, my design team and I tutor my class mates. Most of them have jobs at the places that snubbed me and they have said that I am the teacher they wish they were paying or that they should pay me the tuition (minor being stuck up, that’s what they’ve told me) and my teachers have actually asked me if I’ve thought about teaching because I’m smart and they see other students look to me for help. (Again, not bragging). So it just gets old.

Anyways, thought those struggling with the same crap I do might like to know that you aren’t alone and we can totally get this gone. Equality isn’t just for men.

Things learned about the SCAD Career Fair from the eyes of a student volunteer.

Have a Demo Reel.

Don’t wait in line with friends.

Invest in a suit.

Don’t show any PDA, it’s very unprofessional.

Have a satchel or a small bag, don’t have a large back back, and especially don’t use a plastic bag (believe me, I saw one).

Make appointments ASAP.

Bring food.

Bring headphones.

Stay fit, you will be standing for hours.

Wear comfortable shoes.

Don’t party the night before.

Bring an Ipad or a Laptop.

Find a way to stand out.

Know all computer programs.

Know what the company is offering and what you want from them.

Don’t sell yourself short.

Don’t walk with swagger, walk with confidence.

Join Facebook groups, it’ll get your name out there.

When turning in a resume and business card, use paperclips!

Get some good paper for your resumes, don’t use cheap printer paper.

Have an interesting way to present your work, keep it classy.

Keep good posture.

Don’t chew gum.

Bring a water bottle.

Do it your Junior year first.  Come back Senior year and revisit the same companies.

Don’t use too many hand gestures.

Make sure your hands aren’t too full.

Show work relevant to your major.

Make sure your clothes fit, don’t wear anything that’s too baggy.


Write your name and major fairly large on your name tag. Make it legible!

No tee shirts of any kind!

No denim!

Have knowledge of traditional and digital mediums, not just one or the other.

Have more than enough resumes and business cards.

Seriously guys, listen to these tips.