Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to safeguard cyberspace, prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.
AMENDED: This announcement has been amended to make the following changes: The closing date for this announcement has been extended to Friday, January 17th, 2014. Additional locations have been added to support offering more placement opportunities. Please refer to the Geographic Location section of the announcement for more information. Also, more clarification has been added below regarding the education level students will be required to meet to be eligible for placements.
Please note: Students are strongly encouraged to apply early. To make placements as early as April 2014, locations receiving high interest may opt to begin reviewing applications the week of January 13, 2014 received from eligible students on or before January 13, 2014. Applications received after January 13th will still be accepted, but may not be referred for consideration unless a location has placements remaining.
The DHS 2014 Secretary's Honors Program (SHP) Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative is an opportunity for college students to gain invaluable hands-on experience by working directly with DHS cybersecurity professionals on a variety of tasks.
The announcement is specifically designed for students attending 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities enrolled in undergraduate programs for volunteer opportunities with DHS. Students from both 2-year and 4-year institutions will be selected.
Please review the Qualifications section of this announcement to review the specific requirements and highlights of each participating DHS Component.
Who May Apply:
Students selected will have a unique opportunity to gain invaluable experience and exposure to the work performed by the DHS components through various types of assignments. These duties or tasks directly link to the cyber mission of DHS as well as the responsibilities of its components in meeting this mission. A brief description of the types of duties or tasks that may be assigned include:
DHS Headquarters - Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
- Volunteers will be supporting DHS Cyber efforts in the area of Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Compliance and Technology, Cyber Threat, DHS Cybersecurity Policy & Remediation, Program Management, National Security Systems Risk, and Security Architecture and Engineering.
DHS Headquarters & State Fusion Centers - Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A)
- Producing unclassified documents describing and analyzing the cyber threat for State, local, territorial, tribal, and private sector customers.
- Developing state Fusion Center plans, procedures, and manuals for sharing information in response to the cyber threat.
- Researching and writing about cyber security best practices for Fusion Centers and State personnel.
- Evaluating technology systems for Fusion Centers to align with the National Strategy for Information Sharing.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
- Assisting in problem solving and dealing with ongoing Information Technology (IT) problems as it related to the computer forensics lab, helping come up with solutions.
- Assisting with forensic experiments involving various software programs (e.g.,BitTorrent, ARES, Limewire).
- Exposure to the forensic fundamentals of evidence handling, imaging, examination, and report writing.
- Assisting with building computers, repairing computers, and wiping/formatting hard drives.
- Observing field activity as it relates to computer forensics.
- Hands-on experience with the types of hardware and software in use in the forensics lab.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
- Assisting with Digital Forensics, e-Discovery, and cyber threat/intelligence
- Networking, monitoring, and incident response
United States Coast Guard (USCG)
- Supporting investigations into personal use violations
- Supporting Information Assurance (IA) awareness training as needed to enhance user awareness for being responsible users of a government computer system.
- Assisting projects with IA activities to keep their Security Authorizations on track and within the parameters set for a systems required level of risk acceptance.
- Assessing system development by conducting security impact analysis to determine if system reaccreditation is warranted.
United States Secret Service (USSS)
- Assisting with setting up virtual machines/environments.
- Assisting with repairing computers, wiping/formatting hard drives, and updating forensic systems hardware/software.
- Researching and presenting findings on virtual currency (Digital Exchanger)
- Conducting research related to crimeware and on Open Source forensic tools.
- Shadowing, observing, and participating in day to day activities of Electronic Crimes Special Agent Program (ECSAP) Agents.