GCHQ has launched two paid placement schemes for university students at the spy agency's headquarters in Cheltenham.
The schemes are open to all UK nationals aged 18 or above who are studying a technical qualification such as Computer Science, Telecoms or Network Engineering.
The summer placements start on 27 June 2016, offering 11-week and 22-week courses.
The industrial placement, starting on 12 September 2016, is a 51-week initiative that students can attend as part of a degree course.
GCHQ told V3 that it is looking for 50 to 80 students for the summer placements and 10 for the industrial placement. A salary of £19,519 pro rata is being offered for the roles.
Students for all placement schemes must be graduating in 2017 or 2018, and can work in one of five technical areas at GCHQ: advanced technology research, software development, computer network operations, information assurance and systems engineering.
Successful candidates will be eligible for permanent employment after completion of the scheme.
"In cyber security roles, our operations specialists may find themselves working in a team detecting and preventing attempts to attack the critical national infrastructure, or seeking to defend government systems against criminals seeking to steal information, identities or money," the agency said.
The director general for technology at GCHQ, whom the agency declined to name, said the placements will give students a chance to boost their technical skills.
"We look forward to them joining us where they will also be playing their part in helping GCHQ continue to combat threats to national security such as from terrorists, serious criminals and the growing threats from cyber space," the director said.
GCHQ launched a recruitment drive earlier this year to find ‘operations specialists' following a cyber skills shortage at the agency.
"The need to keep up with changing technology means that those we recruit will continue learning and developing throughout a career in computer network operations," said a spokesperson at the time.
GCHQ offered a cyber summer school this year, aimed at teaching computer science students skills including cyber security, ethical hacking, penetration testing and security networks.
The agency has also launched six cyber security masters degrees this year, bringing the total to 12 now offered across the UK.
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