Are you curious and passionate about learning how America protects against cybersecurity threats? Then we want you! Start your cyber career with CISA!
CISA is hiring current students enrolled in accredited educational institutions from high school to graduate level for paid cyber/IT internships. If you are a student interested in the world of cybersecurity, then CISA is THE place where you want to work. CISA works with industry and government partners to defend against today’s threats and collaborating to build a more secure and resilient infrastructure for the future.
Our interns don’t just sit behind a desk. As a CISA cyber intern you will grow your skills and enhance your career potential as you work closely with cyber professionals on mission-focused projects, while learning in a fast-paced, technology-evolving environment. You will have a variety of robust and rich experiences, such as exposure to cybersecurity activities outside your immediate assignments, hearing program officials discuss major CISA and DHS initiatives to keep our Nation’s systems secure, and meeting intern alumni who are now employees. You also can tour our labs, participate in informal brown bags with senior management, and attend exciting local conferences and forums to hear from experts and newsmakers in other executive agencies, Congress, industry, academia, and think tanks about the importance of cybersecurity in safeguarding us against threats to our nation.
Download our cyber intern brochure to see more about the CISA cyber intern experience!
So, what are you waiting for? If your degree is (or will be) in cybersecurity, computer science, information assurance, information technology management, or a similar degree that requires the development or adaptation of computer applications and/or systems, read on for how you can join our Cyber Posse to help protect our homeland from cyber threats and #becomeaCISAzen!
High School Students & First Year Freshmen
If you are enrolled as a high school student, have a high school diploma, or General Education diploma, you qualify for the GS 1-2 Student Trainee (IT Management) position.
Community College & Bachelor Degree Students
If you have 1 full academic year of post high school study or if you have 2 full academic years of post-high school study (or an associate degree), you qualify for the GS 3-4 Student Trainee (IT Management) position.
Master Degree Students
If you have 4 academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor (or equivalent degree), or if you have completed 1 full academic year of graduate level education, you qualify for the GS 5-7 Student Trainee (IT Management) position.
Cyber Intern Projects
CISA's cyber and IT interns have worked on exciting projects such as:
- Helped develop a database to automate the collection and aggregation of attributes.
- Supported efforts to automate the collection of forensics from Linux distributions;
- Imported PowerShell queries into a .net framework to use in Cobalt Strike where queries can be used to determine whether DCSynch can be executed;
- Developed a Python script to help analyze logs, which can then be fed into the script to identify deny listed IP addresses and generate reporting;
- Supported industrial control security efforts through development and application of systematic risk categories across critical infrastructure domains;
- Helped develop a tool to assist with the identification and classification of phishing emails and a broader threat emulation framework; and
- Leveraged Azure DevOps Server pipelines to ease penetration tester evaluations.
Pathways Internship Program
The Pathways Internship Program offers current students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions to work for the Federal government while completing their education. These paid internships provide a path to careers at CISA and allow qualifying individuals the opportunity to gain meaningful training and career development experience. Once onboarded, interns work either part-time or full-time until their graduation date. Upon graduation, interns may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a permanent position.
Pathways Internship Eligibility Requirements
- U.S. Citizenship is required
- Minimum age is 16
- Transcripts are required. Unofficial transcripts are accepted
- Must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 throughout the internship
- Must be an enrolled student at both the time of application AND at the time the internship begins to meet eligibility requirements; must remain at least a part-time student throughout the internship
- Must be able to work 640 hours (equivalent to 4 full-time months) prior to graduation to be eligible for a post-graduation position
- Ability to obtain and maintain up to a Secret level security clearance
- Max internship length is through graduation + 120 days
How to Apply
Applications are accepted through individual internship announcements that are posted twice a year (Spring and Fall) on USAJOBs.
Click "apply" on the job announcement, attach your relevant documents, answer a few questions, and click submit. Once you apply, you may also receive an automated email (check your junk box!) with instructions to submit a longer USAHire Assessment.
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