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Internship & Job Fair 2023

September 27, 2023

CCI Virtual  Internship & Job Fair September 27, 2023

The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) connects students with internship and job opportunities with employers throughout the state of Virginia at our free online Internship and Job Fair. This year's event was held on September 27.

Video: Panel with Brian Harris of CACI, Holly Palmer of Expedition Technology

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Boost Your Career Options

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 fairs, to help our students make connections.

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Participating in CCI's Internship & Job Fair can prepare you for real-world interviews. Photo by Ron Aira for CCI


CCI’s virtual internship and job fair includes a panel with employers followed by one-on-one sessions with dozens of prospective employers. 

10 to 11 a.m.: CCI Internship and Job Fair Panel

Students are invited to attend an information panel in which employers will share an overview of their internship and job opportunities. Students get the chance to discuss opportunities with industry leaders, get tips on applying for positions, and learn about job expectations.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: CCI Internship and Job Fair Booth Exhibition

Students can visit employers’ virtual booths. After registering, students can create a profile and upload their résumés to connect with recruiters and program leaders through one-on-one live messaging or video calls.

We advise you to review your résumé prior to the virtual fair. Feel free to utilize this free online job search resource or visit your institution’s career center for helpful tips and tricks.

Panelists include:

Brian Harris, talent acquisition executive director for CACI’s National Security & Innovative Solutions Sector, has a passion for helping connect great talent to great opportunities. 

He’s been in the human resources and talent acquisition field for 18 years and has led recruiting teams hiring thousands of interns, college graduates, and professionals into CACI and the national security industry.

Portrait of Brian Harris of CACI

Holly Palmer is assistant director of Expedition Technology’s Human Resources & Talent Acquisition Department.

She holds a BA in Communication & English and an MS in Organizational Development with a Human Resources Management concentration from Canisius University in Buffalo, N.Y. 

Palmer has more than 20 years expertise in talent acquisition, focused on technical recruiting for skill sets ranging from help desk to systems administration to artificial intelligence. 

She is a consultative professional who works closely with her clients and candidates to find the best fit.

Portrait of Holly Palmer of Expedition Technology

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 is 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 Internship & Job Fair, contact CCI’s Austin Shock at

Employer Representatives Include:

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About the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI)

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 network  of 42  Virginia universities and colleges, 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. 

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