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Research Internships – Summer 2016
Students with excellent academic results have the opportunity to take part in a paid summer internship to conduct research in computer security. Participating students will work closely with researchers from the Maryland Cybersecurity Center (MC2), typically to solve problems that are part of larger research projects in systems security or security analytics. 
College Park, USA

Some of the past internship projects have been developed into full-scale research publications (here’s an example). Part of the University of Maryland, College Park, MC2 is located in the Washington, DC, metro area and is one of the leading research centers in computer security. If you are passionate about Computer Science, a research internship can be an amazing experience that will give you a deep knowledge of security and will prepare you for a global career.

Who Should Apply

Research internships are unlike other Computer Science internships, where you are given a well defined task and where you are expected to apply textbook solutions. Researchers work on open ended problems and use their knowledge and creativity to imagine new approaches that have not been tried before. Some students find this intimidating; research internships are the best fit for students driven by curiosity and by a desire to work at the cutting edge of knowledge. You must be self-motivated and willing to learn new things, and you must experiment with new ideas on your own, without being afraid of failures.

The typical applicants are undergraduate students in Computer Science or a closely related field, who are close to graduation or have recently graduated and who wish to complement their academic education with hands-on experience in computer security. For these students, working in a research lab is a great opportunity to acquire new skills and to interact with people who share their passion; prior research experience is also an important factor for admission in a top M.S. or Ph.D. program. Nevertheless, we will carefully consider all internship applications.

The main prerequisites for a research internship in MC2 are strong academic results and an interest in the research experience. We expect interns to have mathematical maturity and strong programming skills. Preferential consideration will be given to applicants with implementation experience in security, cryptography, operating systems, databases, distributed systems, data mining or machine learning.


Interns will be paid a salary, commensurate with skills and experience, and the cost of travel expenses.

Application Process

Internships are assigned competitively to the top applicants. The application process has two steps. First, apply with your CV and unofficial transcript. Be sure to include evidence of past systems programming experience (e.g., Github account info). You should also include the contact information for one person who can serve as a reference. If you are selected to advance to the second step, you will be given a take-home test, which will include reading assignments and open-ended questions, and you will have two weeks to solve it. You may choose the date when you will receive the test (no later than March 15th); be sure to select two weeks when you have enough time to work on the test.

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