The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is recruiting the best and brightest in computer science for fellowships in cybersecurity. DHS has recently established two new programs, the Emerging Leaders in Cybersecurity and the Secretary’s Honors Program for Cybersecurity Professionals. Both are for recent graduates in Computer Science, Network and Computer Engineering, Information Assurance and other cyber-related disciplines.
Through rotational assignments, Fellows can contribute to a top secret forensics project with the Secret Service or respond to cyber threats with the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team.
According to the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. has made progress in cybersecurity since the 9/11 attacks, but relies heavily on the private sector to protect infrastructure critical to national security. These fellowships are a chance for top students in computer science to seek a rewarding career in public service.
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