IT Lab: Summer Security Intensive (SSI)

As our world becomes increas­ingly digitized, the privacy, intellec­tual property, and fraud risks contin­ue to grow. These cyber threats are highly relevant to all sectors of the economy, which is driving a major talent shortage for the informa­tion security industry. Our Summer Security Intensive will begin to prepare its participants for a career in this high growth field.

IT Lab: Summer Security Intensive (SSI) is a paid seven-week summer fellowship where participants:

  • Study with the world’s leading security, analytics and policy researchers, including the CERT division of the Software Engineering Institute
  • Take coursework in security analytics and policy
  • Apply the knowledge, skills, and abilities gained to improve the cybersecurity posture for local organizations


The SSI is a paid summer fellowship program for rising college seniors. This program is designed for U.S. citizens interested in pursuing a graduate degrees and a career in the information security sector.  

Whether you are interested in IT, data analytics, or cyber security, SSI delivers an excellent summer experience. Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College is home to the most well regarded master’s programs in IT Management and Information Security in the world. A unique aspect of our cyber security curriculum is that it is relevant for not only technologists but also for students from all backgrounds with a sincere interest in IT security and policy.

SSI provides an opportunity for participants to engage in this unique academic and experiential learning environment. Participants take classes and interact with some of the world's foremost experts in information security through:

  • three specialized courses over the summer at CMU fo­cusing on security policy and technology implementation as well as engage in an interactive colloquium addressing issues facing security professionals.
  • work with a real-world client (from the local government or non-profit sectors) on a cyber security-related project 


Students who complete SSI and are later admitted to a master’s program at Heinz College will be eligible to receive a scholarship of at least 50% of tuition.

The pairing of our two schools, the School of Information Systems and Management and School of Public Policy and Management, offers a unique academic experience that allows us to examine how technology can can be used solve problems that arise in the public and private sectors of our economy. Heinz College prepares students with skills to conduct careful and objective analysis of relevant data, to understand and leverage the power of information technology, and to lead and implement change in managerial and policy contexts.

IT Lab: SSI 2017 Details

  • Priority Application Deadline: December 1, 2016 (receive admission decision by mid-January)
  • Final Application Deadline: March 1, 2017 (receive admission decision by April 1)
  • Dates: June 8, 2017 to July 29, 2017
  • Financial Support: Heinz College will cover costs of participation in the IT Lab program. This includes the costs of housing, meals, tuition, books, supplies, social functions, travel expens­es to and from Pittsburgh AND a $1,000 stipend.


Applicants should carefully review the IT Lab: SSI- Application Process prior to submitting the application for admission.

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Questions regarding the IT Lab: SSI?  Please contact David Eber, Director of Admissions (412-268-3347 or