DHS Announces 2017 Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative

Release Date: December 19, 2016
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security today announced it will begin accepting applications for the 2017 Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative, inviting current undergraduate and graduate students to support the DHS cyber mission at Department field offices in over 40 locations across the country.

In support of the Department’s goal to expand our cybersecurity workforce and develop future professionals, students will gain hands-on experience and exposure to the cybersecurity work performed across DHS. Selected students learn about the DHS cybersecurity mission and build technical experience in key areas such as cyber threat analysis, digital forensics, network diagnostics, and incident response. They will also participate in mentoring and professional development events with DHS managers and senior leaders.

The Department created the Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative in April 2013, and expanded it in 2016 to include graduate students. Students selected for the current cohort will complete assignments at one of the following organizations: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Office of Policy, Transportation Security Administration, and U.S. Coast Guard.

For more information about the Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative, including the selection and application process, visit dhs.gov.


Monica Vargas

Monica is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident and 2017 winter storms. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

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