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Job Title:  Secretary's Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Department of Homeland Security - Agency Wide
Hiring Organization:  VARIOUS DHS COMPONENTS
Job Announcement Number:  DHS-14-1005350-CSVI

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$0.00 to $0.00 / Without Compensation
Monday, December 16, 2013 to Friday, January 17, 2014
Full Time - Other Student NTE 9/30/2014
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United States Citizens


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:

  • US Citizens


  • Not Required


  • No


  • US Citizenship required.
  • Must be able to meet security requirements specified below.
  • Selectee may be subject to drug testing prior to and during assignment.
  • Current enrollment in a 2 or 4 year college or university.
  • Possess a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Meet minimum age requirements of at least 16 years of age.
  • Enrolled at least part-time in an accredited institution.
  • Academic approval to participate as a student volunteer.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service.


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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.


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The information below identifies the skills needed in order to be successful in a student volunteer assignment with DHS related to the type of work that may be assigned.

DHS Headquarters - Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO): The OCIO mission is to develop and maintain a single, DHS-wide information technology (IT) infrastructure environment that is reliable, scalable, flexible, maintainable, accessible and secure, ensuring operational excellence. Students should be prepared to participate in cyber business management, cyber development, information sharing, applied technology, technology services, accessible systems, and security oriented tasks. This assignment may require either experience and/or education in the areas of: security monitoring and event analysis; incident response; threat-analysis; risk assessment; security engineers/architects for building-in security.

DHS Headquarters & State Fusion Centers - Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A): Intelligence professionals analyze information and put it into context, addressing foreign threats to the United States, its people, property, or interests. Cyber Intelligence professionals characterize cyber threats, by looking at threat actors' intentions and their capabilities, and identify behavioral patterns (or "indicators") that can help describe the habits of an adversary and allow our customers to take preventive action based on that insight. DHS I&A Cyber Intelligence shares information to aid the efforts of homeland security providers, the private sector, State/local partners, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and other Federal leaders, in addition to informing policy decisions. This assignment may require experience and/or education in the areas of: computer science, information technology, networking, social sciences, academic research, intelligence analysis, writing, communications, interest in reading, writing and analysis.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): The ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate is a critical asset in the ICE mission, responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States. HSI investigates immigration crime, human rights violations and human smuggling, smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband, financial crimes, cybercrime and export enforcement issues. ICE special agents conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation. In addition to ICE criminal investigations, HSI oversees the agency's international affairs operations and intelligence functions. HSI consists of more than 10,000 employees, consisting of 6,700 special agents, who are assigned to more than 200 cities throughout the U.S. and 47 countries around the world. More information on ICE/HSI can be found by visiting This assignment may require either experience and/or education in the areas of: computer science or computer related degree program, computer forensics, networking,  CompTIA A+ certification.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA): There are several divisions participating in the cyber student volunteer initiative.

  • IAD - The Information Assurance & Cyber Security Division is comprised of four branches with the common goal of protecting information, data source codes, and information systems against unauthorized access, unauthorized use, disclosure, disruption, unauthorized modification, or destruction. TSA relies heavily on information technology to connect our organization internally and to other DHS components. The nature of TSA's mission means that our information is increasingly the target of computer hackers or cyber-terrorists who try to access our information systems in various ways. Maintaining the security of our information and information systems is critical to support the TSA mission.
  • Focused Operations - The focused operations team is tasked with conducting highly technical digital forensic investigations to include intrusion examinations, data recovery, administrative action investigation, and e-discovery support. The focused operations team tracks incidents their victims and attributions data sets that are useful in providing feedback that is used to tune security devices that protect TSA NET. Additionally the Focused Operations team provides training and intelligence reporting to help educate TSA users of the latest threats and trends.
  • Computer Network Defense - The Computer Network Defense (CND) focuses on the day-to-day protection of the TSA's data and computer assets. It's missions include the real-time analysis of security event logs (performed by the TSA Security Operations Center), the coordination of response to computer security incidents (performed by the aptly named Computer Security Incident Response Team), the independent verification and validation of the security devices protecting the TSA networks, the aggregation and analysis of computer security intelligence (open source and classified), and the evaluation of emerging information technology products and services. Due to mission overlap the CND has strong working relations with a wide variety of organizations, both internal to the TSA Office of Information Technology and external, and therefore stresses collaboration and cooperation in its operations.

This assignment may require either experience and/or education in the areas of: IT field of specialization, familiarity with networking, knowledge of Internet Protocol (IP), TCP/IP-based networking, Incident Response, knowledge of computer hardware, familiarity with software vulnerabilities and network exploitation, good writing skills, CompTIA A+ certification.

United States Coast Guard (USCG): - The assignments with USCG may require either experience and/or education in the areas of: cyber skills, mathematics, science, engineering.

United States Secret Service (USSS): - The USSS is responsible for protecting and maintaining the integrity of the nation's critical financial infrastructure and payment systems. As a part of this mission, the USSS constantly implements and evaluates prevention and response measures to guard against electronic crimes as well as other computer related fraud. In 1995, the USSS established the New York Electronic Crimes Task Force (ECTF) to combine the resources of academia; the private sector; and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to combat computer-based threats to our financial payment systems. Based on its success, in 2001 Congress directed the USSS to establish a nationwide network of ECTFs to "prevent, detect and investigate various forms of electronic crimes, including potential terrorist attacks against critical infrastructure and financial payment systems." The ECTFs focus on several types of investigations to include: network intrusions, hacking attacks, phishing schemes, skimming, access device fraud, carding portals, wire fraud, use of malicious software and other computer-related offenses. The USSS currently operates 33 ECTFs nationwide and 2 international. In total, the USSS consists of more than 6,700 employees, including over 3,000 special agents and over 1,500 uniform division officers spread over 165 offices globally. This assignment may require either experience and/or education in the areas of: computer forensics, cyber threat intelligence, incident response, CompTIA A+ certification, CompTIA Network+ certification, Forensic Tool Certifications (i.e., EnCE, ACE).

EDUCATION - Transcripts (Official or Unofficial) or verification of enrollment must be provided by the closing date, Friday, January 17, 2014.

All required documents must be submitted by Friday, January 17, 2014 the closing date of this announcement.


We will review your resume, supporting documentation, and self assessment in order to evaluate your experience and education/training into a single quality level rating.  This rating is based on an evaluation of your competencies which are important for successful performance of the duties or tasks that may be assigned.

To preview the job questionnaire, click here View Occupational Questionnaire.


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Student volunteers are not Federal government employees and therefore are not eligible for compensation or federal benefits.


The students selected for assignment with one of the participating DHS components could start as early as April 2014 pending successful adjudication of any security and drug testing (if applicable) requirements. Volunteer assignments are not expected to exceed 9/30/14, but certain offices may be interested in extending the assignment if needed.

Relocation expenses are not authorized. DHS is not responsible for any expenses associated with placement of a student at or near a DHS location. Students are required to select the location where he/she is willing to be assigned and assume responsibility for reporting.

Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all students selected must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation. Each component has security requirements related to the types of duty assignments the students will be asked to perform. This investigation may include financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. The highest level needed would be a Secret clearance, however, this will be dependent on the Component and the type of work performed.

Students selected for volunteer assignments that require drug testing must submit to a drug test/urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and may be subject to random drug testing/urinalysis for the duration of volunteer service with DHS.

This announcement may be used to fill additional volunteer assignments as they are identified.


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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Friday, January 17, 2014. To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your résumé, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144 by the closing date of this announcement. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX found here , document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and use the official FAX coversheet found here.


1. Your application (either USAJobs application or resume).
2. Your responses to the job questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
3. An unofficial copy of your college/university transcript, a copy of your current class schedule, or verification of enrollment that not only verifies enrollment for classes but that you are attending at least half time as defined by your school. 

NOTE: Students selected for assignment with DHS will be required to sign a student volunteer agreement, provide an official transcript, AND verification of academic approval to participate as a student volunteer, prior to commencement of assignment.


Rebekah L. Tucker
Phone: (912)267-2927
Agency Information:
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters
Washington, DC


Selections may occur as early as mid-March 2014 and the selected individuals will be notified to start the in-processing stages as early as April 2014.

Notification Process:  Once the online application and skills questions are submitted, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your completed application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. You will be informed of the outcome via e-mail.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this assignment.

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