Today’s cybersecurity students are tomorrow’s digital leaders.

Join the exclusive ranks of cyber defenders who safeguard our nation’s digital infrastructure from global threats. The Cybersecurity Talent Initiative is the first-of-its-kind public-private partnership aimed at recruiting and training a world-class cybersecurity workforce. The program is a selective opportunity for students in cybersecurity-related fields to gain access to vital public and private sector work experience and even receive substantial student loan assistance.

Participants selected for the program will be guaranteed a two-year placement at a federal agency with cybersecurity needs. Before the end of their federal service, participants will be invited to apply for full-time positions with the program’s private sector partners. Participants hired by these companies will also receive student loan assistance.

By working for some of the most important federal organizations and cutting-edge private sector companies, participants develop the skills and knowledge needed to protect our country’s digital infrastructure and tackle global cybersecurity threats.

Applicant Information and Program Requirements

Students in undergraduate or graduate degree programs in a cybersecurity-related field, such as computer science, engineering, information systems and mathematics are ideal candidates for this program. Federal agencies will make offers across spring and summer of 2023, and most agency placements will start in the summer or fall of 2023. Completion of cyber-related degree prior to federal agency start date is required. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or national (a resident of American Samoa or Swains Island) and have outstanding student loans.


Two-Year Government Placement

Receive an offer of employment from a federal agency for two years

Cross-Sector Networking

Network with program participants working for other federal agencies and discover innovative cybersecurity practices from private sector leaders

Job Opportunities

Apply for select positions with leading private sector companies

Loan Assistance

Receive student loan assistance if selected for a private sector position


Develop management skills from senior mentors in the public and private sectors

Leadership Development

Participate in sessions to strengthen leadership skills

About the Operating Partner

The Partnership for Public Service is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to make our government more effective. Our nonpartisan stance allows us to collaborate with many different stakeholders who share our vision of a better government. We serve as a bridge between administrations, across the political aisle and from government to the private sector, bringing together different perspectives needed to develop forward-thinking solutions.

As the operating partner for the Cybersecurity Talent Initiative, the Partnership, in coordination with agency and corporate partners, will:

  • Recruit top cybersecurity talent by tapping into our strategic relationships with colleges and universities
  • Manage and oversee the application process and ensure applicants meet program requirements
  • Provide comprehensive professional and leadership development opportunities and convene program participants for training, mentoring
    and relationship building throughout their federal government experience

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