This website uses features which update page content based on user actions. If you are using assistive technology to view web content, please ensure your settings allow for the page content to update after initial load (this is sometimes called "forms mode"). Additionally, if you are using assistive technology and would like to be notified of items via alert boxes, please follow this link to enable alert boxes for your session profile.
This website uses features which update page content based on user actions. If you are using assistive technology to view web content, please ensure your settings allow for the page content to update after initial load (this is sometimes called "forms mode"). Alert box notification is currently enabled, please follow this link to disable alert boxes for your session profile.
Click here to skip navigation

Why the Federal Government?

Students

Are you thinking of interning or working for the Federal Government? If so, it’s a great choice! The Federal Government is a driven culture, fostering learning, mentoring, and growth for cybersecurity professionals. Want to feel inspired and challenged? The Federal Government is transformation in motion while making investments in your future!

Universities

Universities can help in building the next generation of cyber talent by engaging your student body and developing a pipeline into the Federal Government.

Host a Webinar

Want to have a webinar for your students on How to write a Federal Resume and learn more about the hiring process?

Email: pathways@opm.gov or outreach@opm.gov requesting information about webinars.

Fellowship and Internship Programs

The Federal Government is seeking top cybersecurity talent and there are many ways to gain employment with the Federal Government. Inform your students and alumni about these fellowship and internship programs.

Resources for Educators

The National Security Agency (NSA) established the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations Program. The program is in support of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE): Building a Digital Nation and furthers the goal to broaden the pool of skilled workers capable of supporting a cyber-secure nation. The CAE-Cyber Operations program complements the existing CAE in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) programs, which is jointly sponsored by the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The goal of the CAE-CD program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise for the Nation.

The NSA also established various outreach programs for teachers at the K-12, undergraduate and graduate levels to engage students on the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and language education, and to inspire future generations to consider National Security and STEM careers.