Cyber Toaster

A 10-week paid summer internship program hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratory to prepare college students for careers in cyber security.

In our first year, all participants reported gaining a significant amount of experience during the program. Almost 90% of participants reported receiving more advantageous training than their peers.


Students will learn the necessary concepts and skills for cyber incident response.


In addition to classroom training and lectures, students will spend most of their time working with a mentor on a small team project.

"This was a very awesome program and I have gained so much experience and new information. I am very happy that I was included in this internship. Please keep it going - I'm not sure that there is anything like this out there."
- Toastee, class of '17


At the end of the summer, students will present their findings at the LANL Student Symposium.

"It went over my expectations, I had a great summer being part of the team and being able to have access to professionals that could help."
- Toastee, class of '17


At the end of the summer, students will participate in a puzzle-based exercise to test what they've learned.

How it works

Teams are let loose on a free-form set of challenges spanning multiple categories. Teammates work together to solve puzzles, sharing tips and making new professional contacts. Instructors will be available to help if your team gets stuck.

In addition to puzzles developed to test techniques taught in the previous days' tracks, participants can unlock hidden puzzle categories to further develop their skills in new areas through learn-as-you-play exercises.

Exercise Categories

Forensic analysis
Javascript deobfuscation
Network archaeology
Malware reverse engineering
Sequence analysis
Binary file reverse engineering
...and more!


The summer program starts June 5 and ends August 10.

Weeks 1-3

  • Morning lectures on core fundamentals of cyber security
  • Afternoon projects to reinforce concepts learned in class

Weeks 4-9

  • Break into small teams and work on a selected project
  • Occasional morning lectures on advanced topics

Week 10

  • Symposium presentation
  • Cyber Spark exercise

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline to apply?
CV and cover letter must be emailed to by January 10, 2018.

When will selections be made?
Selections will be made by January. If you are selected, you will be notified by February 10, 2018.

Who is eligible for this program?
You must meet the following requirements:
Be eligible for a Q clearance
Be a Junior, Senior, or Master's student in college
Be enrolled in a computing or related science degree program
Have at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA
Have programming experience

Is there housing available?
Yes, but it fills up quickly. Here are a few links that might help:

LANL Student Housing page
LANL Student Association page
Students@LANL Facebook group
Los Alamos Rentals Facebook group
Los Alamos County Rentals Facebook group


To apply, email your CV/resume and cover letter to

Applications must be received by January 10, 2018.

LANL offers a wide range of summer schools for different experience levels and disciplines. Please visit our Summer School Programs for more information.