Cyber and IT Interns

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 is the Nation’s risk advisor, working 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. The next application period will be in the Fall of 2020. 

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. The next application period will be in the Fall of 2020. 

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. The next application period will be in the Fall of 2020. 


Cyber Intern Projects

CISA's cyber and IT interns have worked on exciting projects such as: 

  • Developed a Domain Name System (DNS) playbook for threat-hunting tactics.
  • Analyzed and developed social media strategy for cyber team.
  • Built first sector-specific report highlighting Cyber Hygiene vulnerability data.
  • Briefed functional team on DNS over HTTPS impacting “incident response” and “threat hunting” capabilities.
  • Created operational Splunk dashboards for use by Network Analysis teams.
  • Developed Splunk queries for use during IR/Threat Hunting engagement.
  • Analyzed cybersecurity publication team products to identify gaps in updating relevant mitigation information.
  • Collaborated across teams with developers and engineers on the Forensic Analysis Repository (FARM) team to improve Malware capability.
  • Automated malware analysis for dynamic and static analysis tools and integration of future extensibility.
  • Coordinated with a FARM team on HERWARE 2.0 in support of the Malware federation in AWS (CSP) to enhance Malware analyst information sharing capability.
  • Built a virtual environment that replicated adversary and victim infrastructure and executed attacks against the virtual victim infrastructure for the purposes of studying the features of the attack and the virtual footprint it leaves behind.
  • Authored System Design Documentation (SDD) capturing key attributes to support next generation system engineering and designs associated with HERWARD implementation.

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.

To receive email notifications when new CISA positions are announced, set up a “saved search” with keyword “Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.” 

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