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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.
Introduce fundamental concepts in the four elements of incident response: network archaeology, host forensics, malware analysis, and incident coordination.
Inspect network traffic and log files to find evidence, malware, or behavior. Reverse engineer unknown binary protocols.
Investigate and retrieve malicious software artifacts from Windows systems.
Analyze malware using static and dynamic analysis techniques. Monitor the actions of executing malware and extract indicators of compromise.
Coordinate a large-scale incident; tying together analysts, management, IT, and other parties.
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
"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
The summer program starts June 5 and ends August 10.
Morning lectures on core fundamentals of cyber security
Afternoon projects to reinforce concepts learned in class
Break into small teams and work on a selected project
Occasional morning lectures on advanced topics
Cyber Spark exercise
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the deadline to apply?
CV and cover letter must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org 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: