“Are you looking for a dynamic career that will make a difference in the safety and security of our nation? Do you have a strong academic record? If so, NNSA could be the right career choice for you.” Well the NNSA has found those exemplary qualifications in UNEP’s own Kaylyn McCoy.

The University of Utah’s Nuclear Engineering Program has led Kaylyn McCoy to be UNEP’s first recipient of the prestigious NNSA Graduate Program Fellowship.

NNSA offers an exceptional opportunity for recent college graduates who have the ability and drive to take on challenging jobs that help safeguard our nation’s security. The NNSA Graduate Program (NGP) recruits talented men and women who have recently obtained, or are pursuing, a master’s or Ph.D. degree in a wide variety of disciplines, including engineering, nuclear nonproliferation, science, international affairs, security, emergency operations and other related disciplines. Over the course of the full-time, yearlong program, Fellows are provided specialized training to introduce them to NNSA’s varied operations and help develop their technical and leadership skills.

Kaylyn has been selected for this highly competitive NNSA Fellowship. She was the #1 choice of the NNSA’s Nuclear Safety and Health office located in the Albuquerque Complex, Nuclear Materials Integration and Acquisition office in Germantown, MD, and Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Evaluation office in Washington D.C. Kaylyn was given the option of choosing her post, and she selected the Nuclear Safety and Health office for its ability to pose the technical challenges that will increase her understanding of the operations conducted towards the successful implementation of national nuclear security. Kaylyn will gain experience addressing real-world challenges on the job, and she will participate in a rigorous learning and development program that can prepare her for potential leadership in the field of national security.

The NGP, created in 2012, combines the best features of NNSA’s two premier developmental programs: the Future Leaders Program and the Nonproliferation Graduate Fellowship Program. Like its predecessors, NGP seeks outstanding applicants who can obtain and maintain a security clearance.

The NGP is funded by the NNSA and is administered by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). While NGP Fellows work in NNSA offices in the Washington and Albuquerque metropolitan areas, they are PNNL employees.
Is one of our positions right for you? To help you decide, please visit the NNSA Graduate Program’s dedicated website for additional information regarding eligibility criteria, application requirements, program timelines, etc.