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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

SSI is a fellowship program for rising college seniors. This program is designed for U.S. citizens and permanent residents interested in pursuing graduate degrees and careers in the information security sector.

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.

Whether you're interested in IT, data analytics, or cybersecurity, SSI delivers an excellent summer experience. Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is home to the most well-regarded master’s programs in IT Management and Information Security in the world. A unique aspect of our cybersecurity 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.

The pairing of our two schools, the School of Information Systems and Management and the School of Public Policy and Management, offers a unique academic experience that allows us to examine how technology can be used to 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.

SSI provides an opportunity for participants to engage in this unique academic environment. For 2021, Heinz College will be offering the IT Lab: SSI program in a virtual setting.

Participants will interact with some of the world's foremost experts in information security through three specialized online courses over the summer, fo­cusing on security policy and technology implementation as well as engaging in an interactive colloquium that addresses issues facing security professionals.

IT Lab: SSI 2021 Details
  • Priority Application Deadline: February 1, 2021 (receive admission decision by mid-February)
  • Final Application Deadline: April 1, 2021 (receive admission decision by May 1)
  • Dates: June 11, 2021 to July 30, 2021
  • Financial Support: Heinz College will cover costs of participation in the IT Lab program. This includes the costs of tuition, books, AND a $1,500 stipend.

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

Apply Now - No Application Fee

Questions regarding ITLab? Contact the Heinz College Office of Admissions at or by phone (412) 268-2164.