CCI Internship Fair - October 2021
October 5, 2021, 10:00am to 4:00pm EST
October 6, 2021, 10:00am to 4:00pm EST
Whether virtual or traditional, internships and apprenticeships offer essential work experience and are a must-do for students who want to explore different fields and organizations within industry, government, academia, and startup programs. During the two-day program at the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) Internship Fair, Virginia students will learn about more than 50 internships and apprenticeships available to them.
Day One, Oct. 5, will provide a series of panels highlighting program leader’s organizations or institutions' open opportunities, share how to apply and expectations, and answer questions live.
Day Two, Oct. 6, students can visit the booths of participating organizations and institutions. Students have the unique opportunity to create a profile, upload their resume, and connect with recruiters and program leaders through 1:1 live messages and videos from the convenience of their own homes.
Representatives from the following sponsoring organizations will be on hand to detail available opportunities about their organizations or programs:
- Amazon Web Services
- Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program
- MI Technical Solutions
- Palo Alto Networks
- Sentara Healthcare
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Virginia Space Grant Consortium
- WR Systems
- and more!
Students will be able to ask program leaders questions and learn more about the organizations, how to apply, job expectations, and more. These top programs are recruiting students within the STEM and cybersecurity fields of study but are open to students in other disciplines as well.
Unable to attend? Watch the recorded panel portion on CCI’s YouTube channel to learn about internship and appenticeship opportunities. Students or interested companies can contact Kendall Beebe at email@example.com with any questions.
You'll notice an upgraded experience from our first internship fair in January. We've partnered with Brazen, an experienced provider of virtual internship fairs, to help you make connections.
Day 1 - October 5
- A series of panels highlighting program leader’s organizations or institutions' open opportunities, share how to apply and expectations, and answer questions live.
Day 2 - October 6
- Students can visit the booths of organizations and institutions. Students have the unique opportunity to create a profile, upload their resume, and connect with recruiters and program leaders through 1:1 live messages and videos from the convenience of their own homes.
No! This event is free to attend.
Tips for Students
Advice for students – upload your resume, have your camera on, dress professionally, show interest, participate and ask questions.
Students can expect informational panels from industry, government, academia, and startup leaders, and they will share an overview of their internship and apprenticeship programs. Then, on the second day, students can visit organizations and institutions' booths and connect with recruiters and program leaders through 1:1 live messages and videos.
Yes, we encourage participants to wear business formal for the internship fair. Even if you are targeting companies that are casual (e.g. start-up or tech), still wear a professional outfit in line with recommendations. Professional, neat dress helps to communicate that you are serious about the organization and the possibility of working there.
Yes, students are encouraged to submit questions prior to the fair for speakers to answer, please submit questions to Kendall Beebe at firstname.lastname@example.org
- What do you look for in resumes/a candidate?
- As a freshman, I have some time to plan ahead. Would you be able to recommend any skills I should develop to be attractive to your field?
- What types of projects do interns work on at your organization?
- Can you tell me about your hiring timelines for internship and/or full-time positions?
If an employer is sharing his/her contact information, you should send a thank you email within 24 hours of the fair. Follow up on any information requested, or ask a follow up question if you have one, and reference something specific in your conversation to jog his/her memory about you. If you ask a question and don’t hear back, it is appropriate to send a follow-up email after two weeks. Even if you don’t receive a response, sending a thank you message is an important part of your interaction.
- Copy of your resume
- List of questions and quick pointers about each organization
- Pen and paper to take notes about the employers you meet with during breakout sessions
- Water bottle or glass of water – stay hydrated.
About CCI Events
With a mission of research, innovation, and workforce development, the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) focuses on the intersection of security, autonomous systems, and data. Funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia, CCI is a highly connected statewide network that engages institutions of higher education, industry, government, and nongovernmental and economic development organizations. CCI’s network includes 39 higher education institutions and 320 faculty members as well as more than 20 industry partners. CCI was established in the 2018-20 Virginia budget with an investment of approximately $20 million annually from 2020 and beyond. Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.