Internship Fair 2022
September 22-23, 2022
The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) connected students with internship and apprenticeship opportunities with more than 20 employers at our free online Internship Fair on September 22-23.
Boosting your career
Internships play a critical role in building a flourishing career, offering work experience and practical knowledge, while providing the opportunity to build a professional network. If you’re in the STEM and cybersecurity fields of study, employers want you; they’re open to students in other disciplines, as well.
We've partnered with Brazen, an experienced provider of virtual internship fairs, to help our students make connections.
CCI's virtual internship fair included panels with employers and one-on-one sessions:
Day One (Sept. 22)
Students attended a series of informational panels in which employers shared an overview of their intern and apprentice programs. Students had the chance to discuss opportunities with industry leaders, get tips on applying for positions, and learn about job expectations.
They heard from industry leaders from:
Warner has more than 28 years of experience in the intelligence community working on and leading cybersecurity and software development programs.
Warner, a Technical Program Manager (with a Program Management Professional certification [PMP]) with CACI, recruits, builds, manages and leads an integrated team of professionals to meet clients’ requirements.
He works closely with staff, creating a highly-functioning, dynamic team atmosphere.
Gregorio, CEO of G2 Ops, draws on 35 years of business experience in leading a group of experts in Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), Cybersecurity, and Cloud Engineering that provides a well-rounded portfolio of skill, knowledge, and adaptability to solve real-world business challenges.
She serves on several boards and committees including the:
- Board of the Virginia Maritime Association
- Governor-appointed Commonwealth Modeling & Simulation Advisory Council
- Commonwealth Cyber Initiative Technical Advisory Board
He is a digital forensics/incident response (DFIR) specialist with more than a decade of experience building and managing IT security programs for businesses and government agencies. He joined the team in 2019.
Greenhill also serves as an adjunct professor at George Mason University.
At a separate session, students heard from industry leaders from:
She has more than 20 years’ experience in homeland security, program management, concept development, enterprise architecture, IT strategy, and systems engineering. Winters is also passionate about supporting teams in their professional development and delivering exceptional technology and results to achieve client mission success.
Cooley is a principal program manager for cybersecurity at Microsoft with the Autonomy, Space, Critical Industry, and Innovation team (ASCII) organized within Mission Engineering.
The ASCII team is investing in advanced scenarios across satellite communication, 5G, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) and critical infrastructure. His primary responsibilities include identifying gaps and engineering cybersecurity solutions to enable systems to continuously operate despite the highest level of cyber threats.
Martin has more than 25 years of experience in aerospace, defense, and wireless communications systems engineering, research, and development.
He joined Shared Spectrum as a principal engineer in 2017, where he led spectrum sharing system design and development efforts and conducted new project development. He was appointed president in early 2020.
He’s responsible for staff development, project execution, and corporate budgeting and marketing, and helps develop company strategy, teaming and partnerships, new business, and evaluates technology investments.
Day Two (Sept. 23)
Students visited organizations’ and institutions’ virtual booths. They could create a profile, upload their résumés, and connect with recruiters and program leaders through a one-on-one live message or group and individual calls.
Hear Employers' Requirements, Wishes, Expectations
Talented interns can become future employees, equipped with in-depth knowledge about an organization and its work culture. Participation in the event was free. At this and future internship fairs, companies aren't required to hire interns, and there is no minimum hiring requirement.
If you’re an employer who’d like to participate in our next internship fair, contact CCI’s Kendall Beebe.
Employer representatives included:
CCI, which is funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia, focuses on the intersection of security, autonomous systems, and data through research, innovation, and workforce development.
We’re a highly connected statewide network of 41 higher education institutions, more than 320 faculty researchers, and a number of industry partners.
Virginia consistently has about 50,000 job openings in the cybersecurity field. Connecting students to internship opportunities is part of CCI’s workforce development mission, and we’re excited to introduce the commonwealth’s deep student talent pool to potential employers at our internship fairs.