DHS Creates Cyber Internships for Community College Students, Veterans

April 22, 2013

The Homeland Security Department on Thursday announced a new honors program designed to draw students to cybersecurity programs at community colleges.

The new Cyber Student Initiative, which is part of the Secretary Honors Program announced last fall, is an attempt to engage community college students, including veterans, in cybersecurity work at DHS.

The program will begin at Immigration and Customs Enforcement computer forensic labs in 36 cities nationwide, where students will be trained and gain hands-on experience within the department's cybersecurity community. The unpaid volunteer program is only available to community college students and veterans pursuing a degree in the cybersecurity field.

“DHS is committed to providing opportunities for the next generation of cyber professionals,” said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano in a statement. “The Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Initiative will offer current students the opportunity to learn more about the critical skills and experience needed to succeed and protect our nation from evolving cyber threats.”

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