Microsoft, financial services providerÂ MastercardÂ and enterprise software vendorÂ Workday have signed up for a public-private initiative that aims to build the country's cybersecurity talent pipeline.
The Cybersecurity Talent Initiative, managed byÂ the Partnership for Public Service, will offerÂ recent graduates an opportunity toÂ gain experience working forÂ cyber defense programs in the government and commercial sectors, Mastercard said Tuesday.
Participants will be deployed at a federal agency over a two-year period to join leadership development activities and exchange insights with cybersecurity professionals.
Mastercard added thatÂ participants will also have aÂ chance to secure full-time employment withÂ the programâ€™s industry partners and receive a maximum of $75K to relieve student loan debt upon the initiativeâ€™s conclusion.
The Department of Defense, CIA,Â Office of Naval Intelligence and the Federal Election Commission are among the government organizations that support the program.
Interested parties can submit applications through Oct. 18.
AgenciesÂ intend to announceÂ offers in the spring of 2020 and participants are scheduled to commence their federal service by the summer or fall next year.