Student & Recent Graduate Programs

There are many paths for students and recent graduates to pursue an opportunity with CISA to help protect the homeland from cyber and physical threats. CISA’s internships provide hands-on opportunities to challenge and build technical skills. Join a team of public servants who use their professional and risk advisory acumen every day to adapt and develop innovative ways for protecting the Nation’s physical and cyber infrastructures. 

Pathways Interns

CISA offers paid opportunities to enhance skills and bolster career potential for enrolled students from high school to graduate level and recent graduates. 

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 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.  

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 uploaded documents, answer a few questions, and click submit. You may also receive an email 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.” 

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF)

The Federal Government’s premier leadership development program for advanced degree candidates.  

The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program was established by Executive Order in 1977 and represents an innovative approach to meet the government’s future need for administrators and managers. This program is for individuals who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years. An individual may apply for the PMF program more than once as long as he or she meets the eligibility criteria.   

Graduates with advanced degrees (i.e. professional or graduate degree (e.g., Master's, Ph.D., J.D.) who are nominated as PMF Finalists may enter a two-year fellowship in the Federal excepted service. Fellows represent high caliber graduates of their schools and are expected to possess a personal commitment to excellence, a strong capacity for leadership, exceptional ability evidenced through achievement, and a demonstrated commitment to a public service career. PMFs develop skills through challenging work assignments and by utilizing Individual Development Plans, mentors, and formal interactive training.

How to Apply:

Applications are accepted once per year. Program eligibility and application information is available at www.pmf.gov

CyberCorps© Scholarship for Service (SFS)

Provides scholarships to students in cyber-related degree programs in exchange for a commitment to employment with government organizations. 

Scholarship For Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to recruit and train the next generation of information technology professionals, industrial control system security professionals, and security managers to meet the needs of the cybersecurity mission for Federal, State, local, and tribal governments. This program provides scholarships for up to three years of support for cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate (M.S. or Ph.D.) education. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation. In return for their scholarships, recipients must agree to work after graduation for the U.S. Government, in a position related to cybersecurity, for a period equal to the length of the scholarship.

How to Apply:

Students must be enrolled in a cyber-degree seeking program at one of the participating institutions. Once enrolled, students will work with the on-campus Principal Investigator to apply for the scholarship. More information is available at www.sfs.opm.gov.

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