Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Opportunity for Students Interested in Cybersecurity

Department of Homeland Security
Secretary’s Honors Program
Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative

The Secretary’s Honors Program (SHP) Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative (CSVI) provides students pursuing cybersecurity-related degrees with an opportunity to work with top Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cybersecurity professionals, while learning about the unique cybersecurity missions of the department. By offering temporary, hands-on experience to current students, DHS hopes to make a meaningful impact on the education of the Nation’s next generation of cybersecurity talent.

Why Become a Student Volunteer?
As a Cyber Student Volunteer, you will be able to:

• Explore exciting cybersecurity career opportunities, including those available in public service
• Apply concepts, protocols, and tools acquired through coursework by assisting cyber experts in the real world
• Build technical experience in key areas such as digital forensics, network diagnostics and incident response
• Network with cybersecurity professionals through mentoring and professional development events from cyber threats

Student Volunteer Assignments
• More than 40 DHS office locations across the Nation
• 12-16 week assignments (May–September) with a possibility of extension
• Flexible start dates and schedules
• Possibility to receive course credit from your institution
• Professional development events with cybersecurity and human capital experts

Examples of Student Volunteer Activities
• Assisting with hardware and software updates to forensic systems
• Assisting with network monitoring and incident response
• Observing computer forensics analyses and their use in investigations
• Assisting with evidence intake, processing and analysis
• Producing or developing unclassified documents that describe and analyze cyber threats
• Researching cybersecurity tools and techniques
• Researching the impacts of cyber incidents on critical infrastructure

Eligibility Requirements
• U.S. citizenship
• Current enrollment at least part-time in 2- or 4-year college or university
• Seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree in 1) science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM); 2) cybersecurity-related studies; or 3) an alternative field but possess an interest in possible future work in cybersecurity
• Grade Point Average 3.0 on a 4.0-point scale
• Ability to successfully complete a background investigation

How to Apply
• Applications are being accepted via USAJOBS https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/425296700.
• For more information, contact the DHS CyberSkills Management Support Initiative (CMSI) at CMSI@hq.dhs.gov

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