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IT Lab: SSI Application Process


To be eligible to apply for admission to the IT Lab: SSI, an applicant must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, 18 years or older
  2. Be entering their senior year, or have one semester remaining, of college in Fall 2021
  3. Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher
  4. Have a sincere interest in cybersecurity and cyber policy
  5. Follow all instructions for the IT Lab: SSI Application (below)
  6. Apply by the deadline: April 1, 2021 (11:59 pm EST)
Admission Criteria

Our selection committee reviews all aspects of the application, not just a student’s grades. Our goal is to attract talented students who are passionate about information security.

Required Application Materials (details below)
  1. Online application form
  2. Required Essay
  3. Résumé
  4. Two (2) Recommendations
  5. Unofficial undergraduate transcript(s)
  6. Video Interview

All of the required application materials must be received before they will be reviewed by the selection committee. Please carefully review all information below for application instructions.

All application materials are due April 1, 2021 (11:59 pm EST).


Application Details


The application form is available online here. Applicants should complete all required sections of the online application form.

Note: On the Program Information page, select "Summer Programs for College Undergraduates."

Please also note that this application is used for our graduate degree programs and that instructions on this page (below) differ from our degree program application requirements.


    Please upload your responses to the following questions to the online application where the "Required Essay" is requested.

    A. What are your plans after you complete your bachelor’s degree?  What kind of career do you intend to pursue?  Please be as specific as possible. (500 word limit)

    B. How will attending the IT Lab: SSI benefit you in achieving your goals? (500 word limit)

  2. RÉSUMÉ:

    Please upload your most up-to-date professional résumé to the online application. Be sure to include all relevant experiences, including extracurricular activities, internships, research, and part-time employment.


    Students applying to the IT Lab: SSI must be supported by 2 professional or academic references. Within the online application system, the student should "register" 2 individuals; registration will trigger an email to be sent to each recommender with instructions on logging in to our secure system to submit an online recommendation. Recommenders may respond to questions in the online form or upload a more formal recommendation letter using the online form.

    Consider asking two individuals for recommendations who can highlight your skills and accomplishments and know your work personally.

    Please note: recommendations from friends, family members or acquaintances, and other sources not able to evaluate applicants on an academic or professional basis, will not be accepted.


    Within the application system, list all colleges and universities where you have taken classes that will count towards your bachelor’s degree. Please note: transcript(s) must be in English and please ensure your name (as it appears on your application for admission to the IT Lab) is listed on the document:

    • Upload an unofficial copy of your transcript from your bachelor’s degree granting institution within the online application. Please ensure that the unofficial transcript uploaded shows both the applicant's name(s) and the college/university attended. Screenshots of grades from a school's online system (i.e. Banner) will not be accepted.

      • If you list any additional schools attended within your application form, please upload an unofficial copy of those schools' transcripts in the appropriate field of the online application system.
      • Please note that this same online application system is used by applicants to our graduate degree programs; our degree programs require submission of official transcripts. Students applying for admission to IT Lab may submit unofficial transcripts. IT Lab applicants who are offered admission may be required to submit an official transcript as part of the enrollment process.


The submission of the video interview is required for IT Lab: SSI applicants. More details are available here.


For those who will pass the first selection phase, an interview may be held in-person, over the phone or via video-conference with the IT Lab’s director. The interview will focus on your expectations in the academic and professional field, your interest in the IT Lab: SSI, your background and your personal interest in the field of information security.

Visit our online application to begin your application, continue work on your unsubmitted application, or to review your submitted application.

Apply Now - No Application Fee

Any questions regarding the admission process can be directed to the Heinz College Office of Admissions at or by phone (412) 268-2164.