Undergraduate Cybersecurity Summer Intern

citjpl    JPL Campus    2024-04-04

Job posting number: #98079 (Ref:R4924)

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New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


  • Data Collection and Analysis: Collect, organize, and analyze data related to the available cybersecurity resources, such as personnel, tools, and timelines. Analyze existing data models, including vulnerability and compliance data to understand prioritization metrics.
  • Model Implementation: Collaborate with the CDER team to implement the Stackelberg Security Game model for vulnerability triage and patching scheduling. Ensure that the model accurately reflects the real-world constraints faced by JPL missions. JOB IS FROM: italents.netVIEW
  • Parameter Tuning: Fine-tune and adjust the model's parameters as necessary to align with the unique characteristics of each JPL mission, considering their varying resource constraints, critical assets, and threat landscapes.
  • Resource Allocation Strategy: Develop resource allocation strategies based on the model's recommendations, taking into consideration the prioritized vulnerabilities and available resources. These strategies should aim to maximize the overall cybersecurity posture of each mission.
  • *Build Analyses: Develop and build analyses in the CAVE tool that roll up the model implementation, parameter tuning, and allocation strategy into a mission-agnostic capability.
  • Work with CAVE users and designers to effectively communicate the required inputs and strategy via UI elements and report generation.
  • Documentation: Maintain comprehensive documentation of data analysis, model parameters, and resource allocation strategies. Ensure that all findings and recommendations are well-documented for reporting and future reference.
  • Collaboration: Collaborate closely with cybersecurity experts, mission managers, and game theorists to ensure the successful integration of the game theory model into the existing cybersecurity framework.
  • Share insights and progress updates with the project team regularly.


  • Must be currently enrolled in a college or university pursuing a Bachelors degree in a major(s) related to work assignment.
  • Must have at least 1 semester/quarter remaining to complete degree.
  • Must be able to work full-time (40 hours/week) for 12 weeks during the summer.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA. 

The typical hourly rate for this job in Pasadena, California depending on education level is $21 as a freshman, $25 as a sophomore, $28.50 as a junior, $31 as a senior

JPL has a catalog of benefits and perks that span from the traditional to the unique. This includes a variety of health, dental, vision, wellbeing, and retirement plans, paid time off, learning, rideshare, childcare, flexible schedule, parental leave and many more. Our focus is on work-life balance, and living healthy, fulfilling lives as we Dare Mighty Things Together. For benefits eligible positions, benefits are effective the first day of the month coincident with or immediately following the employee’s start date.

For further benefits information click Benefits and Perks

The hiring range displayed below is specifically for those who will work in or reside in the location listed. In extending an offer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory considers factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s job related skills, experience, knowledge, and relevant education/training. Hiring range for this job may be adjusted based on primary work location outside of Pasadena, California. This adjusted range will be provided to candidates by the Recruiter when applicable.

The typical full time equivalent annual hiring range for this job in Pasadena, California.

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JPL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, protected military or veteran status or any other characteristic or condition protected by Federal, state or local law.

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Job posting number:#98079 (Ref:R4924)
Application Deadline:2024-05-04
Employer Location:citjpl
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