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 aims to recruit, train and retain a world-class cybersecurity workforce. The program is a selective opportunity for students in cybersecurity-related fields to gain access to vital public sector work experience, develop a cross-sector cyber professional network and build leadership skills.

Fellows selected for the program will be placed at a federal agency with cybersecurity needs for two years. During this time, they will receive opportunities to network with program partners and CTI alumni, and learn alongside first-year cyber professionals serving in government.

By working for major federal agencies and learning from innovative cyber leaders in the public and private sectors, participants will develop the skills and knowledge to strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity capabilities and tackle emerging global threats.

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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 during the spring and summer of 2024, and most participants will start in the summer or fall of 2024. Completion of a cyber-related degree prior to the start date is required. Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time of application and demonstrate outstanding academic achievement.


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Two-Year Government Placement

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

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Cross-Sector Networking

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

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Long-Term Professional Opportunities

Network with public and private sector program partners to identify post-program professional opportunities.

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

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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 build a better government and a stronger democracy. Our nonpartisan stance allows us to collaborate with many different stakeholders who share our vision of a more effective government. We serve as a bridge between administrations, across the political aisle and from the public to the private sector to develop forward-thinking solutions that improve the way our government works.

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 networking throughout their time in government.

Visit to learn more about the Partnership for Public Service.