The Department of Homeland Security is accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate students for its Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative.

The Initiative selects 50 current college students pursuing a cybersecurity-related program, who get to work alongside officials in cyber threat analysis, digital forensics, network diagnostics and incident response at more than 40 department offices in 30 states.

The Initiative is part of the Secretary's Honors Program, which also awards one- or two-year fellowships in areas such as IT, legal, policy and emergency management to those who've completed a graduate or undergraduate degree.

The student volunteers will start work in the spring at Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Transportation Security Administration, and United States Coast Guard, as well as various senior department offices, such as the office of the Chief Information Officer.