2024 Cybersecurity

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Cybersecurity & Defense Internship

Fight cyber crimes

Program Information

Rising Freshman - Graduating Seniors

Georgetown University Washington, DC

Seven Days - Sunday to Saturday

July 21st - July 27th, 2024

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$3,500 USD

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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.

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

Alejandro Espana Arellano

UIC College Prep, Class of 2025

2023 Cybersecurity & Defense Internship

"I found the lecture from Dr. Aaron Hansen was the most interesting. He taught us about malware and different types of cyber-attacks and how we can react when something like that happens to us. Dr Hansen taught us useful information we can use if we decide to do a cyber security career. I also developed a security system that our business can implement in case of a security breach or a data hack. I think working with my group was the best experience I had in this internship. Everyone contributing made me feel like we were a really strong team and it is something I will never forget."

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

All students who attend one of our Summer Internship Programs will receive free SAT/ACT training through Testive, 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.

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1. Admissions Panels

2. College Essay Assistance

3. Letters of Recommendation

4. College Probabilities

5. Personalized Websites

Jumpstart your college experience.

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.

College Admissions Panel

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All Summer Internship Program participants 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.

College Essay Review

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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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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

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

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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Specialized Scholarships

Leadership Initiatives is dedicated to providing opportunities for everyone who shows drive, determination, and grit towards their future goals. We have created various specialized scholarships to provide merit-based aid to enrolled and potential students.

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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).

Partners and Sponsors

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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