Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Interns have opportunities to collaborate with Laboratory staff and visitors.


Exploring New Technologies

During the course of their internship, students will work with each other on complex projects related to real-world computer security problems that are relevant to LLNL's national security mission, and will have the opportunity to explore new technologies that can be creatively applied to computer security. Each intern has the opportunity to embark on his or her own project during the course of their program, addressing a topic related to their interests and culminating in a presentation at the end of the internship. Cyber Defenders will work with a cohort of their peers, collaborating on activities and projects—this allows students to collaborate with each other and with the world-class scientists at LLNL, gaining guidance, insight, and experience by working with an experienced professional.

As a Cyber Defender, you may be provided with projects from LLNL scientists who act as mentors and whose interests correspond with yours. However, you may also submit a proposal for a project you wish to conduct during your summer at LLNL. Contact Evi Dube, Tencia Leon, or Tiffany Ashworth for further details on this process.


Sample project topics include:

  • Intrusion detection and prevention
  • Tools development for computer security applications at LLNL
  • Network monitoring and analysis algorithms
  • Simulation and modeling for internet understanding or policy implications
  • Network traffic classification
  • Anomaly detection and machine learning
  • Distributed computing architectures
  • Reverse engineering of software
  • Computer forensics
  • Creation of cyber security policy
  • Assessment of impacts of legislation and policy


Sandi Samuel presents her post to fellow student Danielle Butts and Dr. Aurelia Williams from Norfolk State University.

Clark Taylor discusses his research with Dimitri Kusnezov, Chief Scientist and Senior Advisor to the Secretary, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy.