Cyber Defenders is a 6- to 12-week, paid summer internship that provides students at all levels with practical experience in understanding computer systems, network operations, computer security, information protection, and cyber policy. Interesting projects abound.
The Cyber Defenders program is a student internship program that primarily runs from May and through September with start and end dates dependent on your individual school schedule. In addition, there are some graduate student positions that are available during the academic school year and during winter break.
B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. candidates are eligible, and you must be a continuing student enrolled in a degree program for Fall 2015. Your major may be in computer science/engineering, electrical engineering, mathematics, information assurance, visualization, political science, economics, international relations, or a related field of study. You will work in residence at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) with researchers who are experts in all aspects of cyber security.
The application process opens in late fall and closes when all positions have been filled. Applications are processed in the order in which they arrive.
A three-day competitive exercise called "Tracer Fire Competition" is one of the highlights of the summer. During the competition conducted in July 2014, Cyber Defenders huddle in groups to complete a series of computer security challenges at computers spread around a large room in the Laboratory's High Performance Computing Innovation Center. These groups are made up of cyber defenders from LLNL, Charleston County, South Carolina and Sandia National Laboratories-California.