Recruiting and developing our nation’s best cyber minds.

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 vital public and private sector work experience and even receive up to $75,000, inclusive of tax, in 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. Applications are open until October 18, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST. Federal agencies will make offers by spring 2020, and most agency placements will start in the summer or fall of 2020. 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 and Swains Island) and have outstanding student loans.

Sign up for updates to learn more and receive alerts about next year’s program.

Quick Details

Application Due Date

October 18, 2019, 11:59 pm EST


Students completing a cybersecurity- related major degree (for example, computer science, engineering, information systems and mathematics) in spring 2020.


The estimated shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the United States


Average amount of student loan debt incurred

$2.1 trillion

Expected annual cost of data breaches by 2020

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

Visit ourpublicservice.org to learn more.