Mari Dugas receives a letter of appreciation from Gen. Paul Nakasone, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, after completing the Student Volunteer Program (SVP) at USCYBERCOM.

SVP is a new USCYBERCOM pilot talent initiative program for current graduate-level collegiate students. The SVP is designed to provide current students with an experiential project at USCYBERCOM as a voluntary unpaid intern for one semester (with an option to extend up to one academic year). Student volunteers offer specialized expertise or skillsets bringing project-specific talent to the USCYBERCOM formation while receiving vital professional experience and collegiate credit.

The SVP was piloted in the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) office from September 2021 to May 2022. Dugas was the command's first-ever student volunteer. She completed the program during her third year at New York University School of Law.
An Alumni Summer Intern participating in a military cyber exercise
Recent Graduate current program participants and Summer Intern Alumni working at the Joint Operation Center
Recent Graduate current program participants and Summer Intern Alumni working at the Joint Operation Center

Vacancy Announcement for Fall 2025 Student Volunteer Program (SVP) at U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), Fort Meade, MD


Every January, U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) will accept applications for a highly competitive, full-time, uncompensated Student Volunteer Program (SVP) for eligible law students. The SVP consists of a full-time (up to 40 hours per week), in-person experience for one academic semester (14-16 weeks with the potential to extend up to one academic year) at USCYBERCOM located at Fort Meade, Maryland. Qualified applicants will be considered for assignments within USCYBERCOM’s Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (in-house legal counsel) based on interest, skills, and qualifications. The office provides cutting-edge legal advice in new and rapidly evolving areas of law impacting military operations across the globe. The Student Volunteer(s) will be exposed to areas of international law, domestic law, and U.S. policy applicable to military cyber operations. Additionally, they will support domestic and international partnership activities, congressional relations, and administrative law matters. The SVP offers a unique opportunity for in-depth research and writing on numerous emerging laws and policies. It is a robust program that includes, but is not limited to: onboarding/welcome activities, leadership activities/experiences, mandatory/specialized training, and mentorship engagements. Student Volunteer(s) are not guaranteed employment post program completion/graduation, but are invited to apply for full-time employment upon successfully completing the required state bar examination.

USCYBERCOM is the nation's 10th Unified Combatant Command. The Command achieves and maintains superiority in the cyberspace domain to influence adversary behavior, deliver strategic and operational advantages for the Joint Force, and defend and advance our national interests. The Command has three focus areas: Defending the Department of Defense Information Networks (DODIN), providing support to combatant commanders for execution of their missions around the world, and strengthening our nation's ability to withstand and respond to cyber-attacks. The Command unifies the direction of cyberspace operations, strengthens DoD cyberspace capabilities, and integrates and bolsters DoD's cyber expertise. Learn more about U.S. Cyber Command HERE.

To apply, download and carefully review the vacancy announcement and application package instructions and submit completed application/résumé/transcripts to between 11:59 pm (EST) on 3 January and 11:59 pm (EST) on 31 January (annually). Applications will not be accepted prior to or after this period. This vacancy announcement is limited to the first 25 applications received and will close at 11:59PM (EST) on the day that we receive the 25th application, or at 11:59PM (EST) on the listed closing date, whichever occurs first.

Download the SVP Vacancy Announcement  (PDF)
Download SVP Application Package  (PDF)
For more information about these events, please direct all questions to

Collegiate Internships and Recent Graduate


Application window now open through 1 November 2023 for U.S. Cyber Command's 2024 Rising Leaders Summer Collegiate Interns and Recent Collegiate Graduate Fellows! USCYBERCOM welcomes collegiate students and recent graduate talent. Interested candidates can send questions directly to our USCYBERCOM recruiting email inbox here.

Carefully review the vacancy announcement and application for the following programs and submit your packages for 2024 consideration by 1200pm ET on 1 November 2023:

  • 2024 Summer Intern Vacancy Announcement (PDF)
  • 2024 Summer Intern Application  (PDF)
  • 2024 Fellow/Recent Graduate Vacancy Announcement  (PDF)
  • 2024 Fellow/Recent Graduate Application  (PDF)

U.S. Cyber Command 2024 Rising Leaders Programs are in collaboration with the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Cyber Command. Peruse the Army brochures:

  • Army Fellows/Recent Graduates (PDF)
  • Army Summer Interns (PDF)