Cyber Fire School

The "Cyber Toaster"

The 2019 Cyber Fire School is now accepting applications!

The school will run June 4th - August 9th, 2019


The Cyber Security School is a paid 10-week summer internship program to prepare students for careers in cyber security. The goal of the Cyber Toaster is to provide participants with the equivalent skills and experience one would obtain working a full month on a professional Incident Response team dealing with an Advanced Persistent Threat intrusion.

The school has 2 tracks:

Track 1: Incident Response where students learn the necessary concepts and skills for responding effectively to cyber security incidents

Track 2: Cyber Research where students apply their skills to develop innovative solutions to help address national cyber threats.

To apply submit the following to

  • Indication of what track you are applying to Track 1: Incident Response or Track 2: Cyber Researcher
    • Track 2: Cyber Research - CVs will be reviewed on a rolling basis (so an early application is encouraged)
  • Current resume (state citizenship)
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Letter of intent describing your experience and research interests, if applicable, any relevant experience and your interest in the program.


  • Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in a Computer Science, Engineering, Statistics or Mathematics degree
  • Eligible for a DOE Q clearance
  • Must have and maintain a cumulative GPA, on a 4-point scale:
    • 3.0 (undergrad)
    • 3.2 (graduate)
  • Moderate experience with a compiled scientific computing language, or Python and with the Linux operating system.

Key Dates:

  • Application deadline is January 18, 2019
    • Track 2: Cyber Research CVs will be reviewed on a rolling basis
  • Offers sent out early to mid-February
  • The program will last 10-weeks, June 4 through August 9, 2019 and will be held at Los Alamos National Laboratory
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2017 Cyber Toaster Students

2018 Cyber Toaster Students

Where you will work:

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

Cyber Toaster is part of the LANL Information Science Technology Institute (ISTI) summer schools.

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