The Center for Cyber Defenders (CCD, TITANS-Cyber) is the premier intern institute for growing R&D cybersecurity staff members for national security. We provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to grow their knowledge and professional experience in every aspect of the cybersecurity domain, ranging from enterprise security to industrial control systems, from the hardware layer to cloud applications, from data science to reverse engineering, and everything in between. Our open, collaborative environment allows students to build a professional network while working together to tackle real-world national security problems on teams with world-recognized subject matter experts.

As part of the TITANS program, CCD also exposes interns to the variety of missions at Sandia through tours, tech talks, training classes, and other events. We believe a successful internship is about more than the 9-to-5 work day. We provide mentorship, coaching, and professional development opportunities while encouraging interns to explore Albuquerque and the Southwest. Ultimately, the CCD is a strategic hiring pipeline for R&D cybersecurity missions at Sandia, and we do our best to grow the best-and-brightest into staff members that make immediate impact on national security after graduation.

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 undergraduate and graduate students studying Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and other related fields. The CCD program is focused on developing the next generation of experts in the field of computer security from the software stack down to embedded hardware. Our program fosters students’ abilities to address the serious and unique challenges existing in the realm of cybersecurity 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, algorithm analysis and development, advanced modeling and emulation, machine learning and data science, hardware and software reverse engineering, vulnerability assessments, network programming, cryptography research and analysis, and much more. Projects range from working on small 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 Ghidra, IDA Pro, VMware, Wireshark, and GNURadio; Programming and Scripting languages such as C, C++, C#, Java, Python, 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 "TITANS" into the Keywords text field, and click Search.
  3. Browse the list of TITANS 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.