Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pleased to announce the launch of the 2016 Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative for current undergraduate and graduate college students. The initiative is a part of the Department’s efforts to build a cybersecurity talent pipeline by working with secondary, post-secondary institutions and other key partners in academia and the private sector. Through the Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative, students are able to learn about the DHS cybersecurity mission by completing hands-on cybersecurity work and building technical experience in key areas such as digital forensics, network diagnostics, and incident response.

In the 2016 Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative program cycle, over 80 student volunteer assignments are available at over 40 local DHS field offices across the country. Participating DHS Components include Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), Office of Policy/Cyber, Infrastructure and Resilience Policy, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and United States Coast Guard (USCG).

The Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative application period is open from December 29, 2015, to January 29, 2016 through the USAJOBS portal  
We would greatly appreciate if you encourage your students to apply. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the CyberSkills Management Support Initiative at

Positions are available in Helena Montana.

Posted on behalf of the
CyberSkills Management Support Initiative | U.S. Department of Homeland Security

First Call Scholarships Available

Scholarships for students enrolled in Information Technology, Computer Support, CyberSecurity, and Health Information Technology are available for Spring Term 2016. The First Call Scholar Program is a partnership between Missoula College and long-time industry supporter, First Call Computer Solutions. The focus of this competitive scholarship is to attract more students into the high demand, high wage career field of Information Technology. Graduates from these programs of study are needed to support a flourishing high-tech industry sector for the Missoula economy. January 29 is the deadline of applications to be awarded for Spring Semester 2016. A second round of applications for Autumn Term 2016 will follow. Further detail is available by contacting Professor Tom Gallagher

Hour of Code Week: December 7-13

The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.

Please join in recognizing this event by writing an Hour of Code. Further detail on activities are available at the Computer Science Education or Khan Academy hour of code websites.