Mari Dugas, a recent graduate of New York University School of Law and the Command’s first-ever Student Volunteer (2021), is recognized for her efforts by GEN Paul M. Nakasone, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service.

Vacancy Announcement for Fall 2024 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 here (PDF)
Download SVP Application Package here (PDF)
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