The Center for Cyber Defenders (CCD) gives interns practical experience with computer systems, network operations, and hardware and software information protection. CCD interns receive on-site training, attend weekly information technology seminars, and participate in activities aimed at securing the nation’s information system.

One of the goals of the program is to train cyber defenders who can move into computer security jobs at Sandia. Computer security is of critical importance not only to Sandia but to industry in general. Interns with expertise in this area are in high demand.

CCD interns are part of a Sandia program, Technical Internships to Advance National Security (TITANS), which offers students valuable cross-exposure to projects in other TITANS tracks.

What You Gain:

The Center for Cyber Defenders (CCD) hires CS, CE, EE, and Math majors. The CCD program is focused on developing the next generation of experts in the field of computer security from the software stacks down to embedded hardware. Our program fosters students’ abilities to address the serious and unique challenges existing in the realm of cyber security research, and encourages the exploration of original ideas necessary to keep pace with the rapid changes in information technology and the increasing sophistication of cyber threats. Students will gain experience in some of the following: operating systems analysis, virtualization technologies including software defined networking, distributed systems, storage, and algorithm analysis and development, advanced modeling and emulation, machine learning and data science, reverse engineering, network programming, cryptography research and analysis, and much more. Projects range from working on small research and development (R&D) efforts to large, multidisciplinary team collaborations.

Desired Skills:

Typical skills for our research projects include, but are not limited to: Software tools such as IDA Pro, VMware, Wireshark, and GNURadio; Programming and Scripting languages such as C, C++, C#, Java, Python, Ruby, PHP, SQL, and MATLAB; Computer hardware knowledge such as FPGA design using VHDL or Verilog, Low-Level Programming; EE skills such as Circuit Design and Analysis, Circuit and Digital Logic Simulation, Hardware and Firmware Debugging using In-Circuit Emulators, and Parsing Electronic Components Datasheets. General Research areas for our projects have included technology areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Cryptography, Data Mining, Graphic Modeling Software, Machine Learning, Malware, Mobile Device Application Development, Malicious Code Behavior, Networking Protocols, Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Assessments, Reverse Engineering, Red Teaming, Virtual Machines, Forensic Analysis, Digital Signal Processing, Software Defined Radio/Networking, and Wireless Communications.

Application Procedure:

  1. Use Sandia's Careers tool to create a username and password.
  2. Enter "CCD" into the Keywords text field, and click Search.
  3. Browse the list of CCD intern openings.
  4. Complete an online application for a specific intern opening.

Detailed instructions for using Sandia's Careers tool to apply for a position are also available.