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DHS Opens Application Period on Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative for 2017

The Department of Homeland Security is accepting applications from current undergraduate and graduate students who are interested to join the 2017 Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative that aims to develop and expand the agency’s future cybersecurity workforce.

DHS said Dec. 19 the selected students will receive hands-on experience and exposure to cybersecurity operations across the department as well as learn about the technical aspects of cyber threat analysis, digital forensics, network diagnostics, incident response and other areas.

Students will also have the opportunity to support the DHS cyber mission at field offices around the U.S. as well as participate in professional development events and engage with mentors, DHS added.

The selected participants will be assigned to one of eight organizations including the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Transportation Security Administration and Office of Policy.

DHS established the initiative in 2013 and expanded it to include graduate students this year.

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