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Cybersecurity & Defense Internship

Fight cyber crimes

Program Information

Rising Freshman - Graduating Seniors

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Georgetown University Washington, DC

Seven Days - Sunday to Saturday

July 16th - July 22nd, 2023*

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$3,500 USD

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*ANNOUNCEMENT: Each internship has a limited number of slots for enrollment. All slots for this program have been filled and we are no longer accepting new enrollments for this year. Visit for more information on next year's internships.

The Program

The Cybersecurity & Defense Internship is a first-of-its-kind program that allows students to work directly with cyber security experts, learn anti-hacking tactics in various fields, and implement security system protocols for previously hacked companies.

In this rigorous internship, students will participate in hack-a-thon competitions, tour cyber security and intelligence department headquarters, and work with professional cybersecurity leaders from the NSA and Department of Homeland Security to design new security systems and protocols for organizations and companies that have been targeted by cybercrime. Interns will design protocols, run test trials, and fight active hackers to defend information of great importance to defense organizations, healthcare companies, and fortune 500 businesses.

For their final project, students will design and propose a cybersecurity strategy for a start-up business that has no previous security system in place. Participants will present these proposed strategies to a panel of experts with the top strategies being implemented the following year.

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Interns will work with officials from the Department of Homeland Security to learn about cybersecurity attacks done to industries such as HealthCare, Business, National Security, and Home Security and the hacks that went in them.


Interns work with current and former experts from the Pentagon, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security, and State Department to assist in creating cybersecurity protocols for their start-up partner.

Work with Experts

Interns will partner with security agencies located throughout Washington D.C. to learn the fundamentals of cybersecurity and the modern cybersecurity approach. Interns will take this knowledge to design a cybersecurity model for a business start-up at risk of a cyber-attack.

Cybersecurity Experience

Program Highlights

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Nick Abele

The Early College at Guilford

2021 National Security & Intelligence Internship

"Working in the National Security and Intelligence Internship with Leadership Initiatives has been an amazing experience for me. I worked with experts in the field of national security, from former FBI agents to former US Ambassadors. I got the opportunity to meet people, not only from all over the country but across the world. Most importantly, I got the chance to implement real change, developing potentially life-saving solutions for a university in Northern Nigeria. Working in this program has been a life-changing experience for me, and I would recommend it to anyone considering it."

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Explore a career in cybersecurity and data protection — before you graduate high school.


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All students who attend one of our Summer Internship Programs will receive free SAT/ACT training through TestRocker, one-on-one admissions consulting with a former admissions officer, essay editing assistance, two letters of recommendation, and scholarship application assistance. These benefits remain available for four years to allow nominations for rising freshmen through rising seniors.

Click on each academic benefit below to learn more :

1. SAT/ACT Training

2. Admissions Panels

3. College Essay Assistance

4. Letters of Recommendation

5. College Probability Modeling

6. Personalized Websites


Jumpstart your college experience.

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Summer program students will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a college admissions expert. They will help walk students through the ins-and-outs of college applications, essay writing, and scholarships.

Students can speak directly with former admissions officers from schools such as Yale, Brown & UCLA. These individuals have a minimum of 15 years of experience in the field of college admissions.

Students are recommended to have their most pressing questions about the college application process ready so they can have them answered by someone who knows the application system inside and out.

Past students have used this time to hone in on their essay topics, decide on how many colleges to apply to, and create application time lines.

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All Youth Development Program paticipants receive one-on-one essay editing assistance from Leadership Initiatives partner University Connection.

This offer is exclusive, and not available with any other institution or program!

Each student essay will be edited to ensure it makes an excellent impression at every stage of the competitive application process. The editors will improve the style, clarity, sentence structure and coherence of your application so that your achievements are noticed.

Editors bring their experience in many different backgrounds, including Science and Technology, Commerce, Management, and the Humanities.

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All participants in the Youth Development Programs will have the opportunity to have two written for them from any Leadership Initiatives staff member, including the Executive Director Marshall Bailly.

Students interns will also have the opportunity to have letters written by Leadership Initiatives partners from the International Business & Development Internship, International Public Health Internship, and International Law & Advocacy Internship.

These unique and complimentary letters are one of the most highly regarded benefits that Leadership Initiatives has. Below are sample letters from previous students:

Letters of Recommendation

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Samantha Williams - Attending Harvard University

Meredith Karle - Full Scholarship to the University of North Carolina

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Leadership Initiatives creates a personalized website for each International Internship Program team highlighting their collaborative efforts with their partner in the International Business & Development Internship, International Law & Advocacy Internship, or International Public Health Internship.

The website displays your team's solutions, grant proposal, photos of your partners, and illustrates the impact your team has had on the life and community of your partners. The website link is included in your letters of recommendation, allowing colleges to independently explore the phenomenal work done by each and every student.

Personalized Website

Click here to view Youth Development Program websites.

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Experience life as a student at one of the nation's most prestigious universities.


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Program tuition covers the cost of room and board, ground transportation during the program, a 5:1 student to faculty and staff ratio, all curriculum, and materials.

Education assistance covered by tuition includes one-on-one college admissions counseling sessions, lecture fees, mentor sessions with experts, workshops, and all academic benefits, including SAT/ACT training through TestRocker and college essay editing.

Scholarships, payment plans, and fundraising assistance are available.

All-Inclusive Tuition

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No-Interest Payment Plans

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Leadership Initiatives offers a variety of flexible options to pay for program tuition.

Zero-interest payment plans are available in three, six, nine, and twelve-month payment options.

Participants can opt to pay the entirety of their remaining tuition balance off at any point during the payment period.

Reserve a place today with a $100 refundable deposit here.

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Fundraising Assistance

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Leadership Initiatives is dedicated to providing opportunities for everyone who shows drive, determination, and grit towards their future goals. We have created a fundraising department to help students participate in one of our summer internships.

If you choose the fundraising option, you will meet one-on-one with a fundraising coach who will assist in creating a comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Fundraising also allows participants to go on an 18-month payment plan with a deposit. Designed for students in financial need this fundraising option allows students to hold several fundraisers to pay for their tuition. 

Click here to view the 2023 Fundraising Guide.

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As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, all Leadership Initiatives programs are heavily subsidized by our sponsors allowing us to offer programs with academic benefits at a lower cost than for-profit institutions.

To apply for a scholarship click here to fill out the program interest form and indicate you are interested in a scholarship.

Please note scholarships do not stack (this means you can only use one scholarship per program).

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Partners and Sponsors

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Our office in Washington, DC is open seven days a week - give us a call! A phone conversation allows us to answer your specific questions and provide you with contact information for previous intership participants and their families so that you can get a first-hand perspective.

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