Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative

Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative

The Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative (CSVI) is designed to give current students an opportunity to work alongside cyber leaders with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

CSVI offers summer opportunities to current undergraduate and graduate students. This nationwide program provides students the chance to gain invaluable hands-on cyber experience through challenging work projects, real-life scenarios, and mentoring from DHS cybersecurity professionals. This initiative provides a way for the Department to expand the pipeline of future cyber talent which is needed to execute the unique cybersecurity missions at DHS Component.

Interns are recruited from the nation's top undergraduate and graduate programs to put their academic achievements and intellect to use during a critical time in American history. Interns will have the opportunity to apply concepts, protocols and tools acquired through coursework in the real world by working side by side with experts in cybersecurity. Student assignments focus on mission areas such as identification and analysis of malicious code, forensics analysis, incident handling, intrusion detection and prevention, and software assurance.

Program Length

Participants spend approximately ten weeks in the program. The skills obtained through this program will vary based on the component's mission.


  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A)
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD)
  • Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
  • Office of the Chief Security Officer
  • Office of Policy/Cyber, Infrastructure, and Resilience Policy
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • United States Coast Guard (USCG)
  • United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)
  • United States Secret Service (USSS)




Stipend available for eligible participants.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Ability to meet security requirements specified in this announcement.
  • Be enrolled in an associates, bachelor's or master's degree program in an accredited university with a major and/or coursework in cybersecurity related studies or STEM in Computer Science such as: Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Computer Engineering, Network Engineering, Software Engineering, Supply Chain, Information Assurance, Information Technology, Systems Research, Systems Applications, Information Systems, Information Security, Software Assurance, or Business with a specific concentration in one of the above

How to Apply

The application period is now open.  View the job opportunity

Who to Contact for Additional Information

If you have additional questions, please email the Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative Coordinator at with "Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative" in the subject line. 

Please visit the Join DHS Cybersecurity page for more information on opportunities in Cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security.

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