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How can I gain experience?

I am a grad student searching for opportunities that I can gain skills and knowledge from #volunteer #cybersecurity #humantrafficking

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Cat’s Answer

Hey Candice,

Like Atul said, internships are a great way to build experience and try out jobs that you think you might enjoy after graduation. The MITRE Corporation does paid summer internships for cybersecurity, and the applications for this summer are currently open! I've posted the link below.

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Link to the MITRE Cyber Interns Application: https://mitre.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/MITRE/job/McLean-VA/Cybersecurity-Engineering-Internships_R100610
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Atul’s Answer

Many cyber security companies hire interns as well as CIA, NSA, DNI, FBI and DHS.
Search for cyber security companies in your area and check out above agencies website to seek internships.
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Nitai’s Answer

There are couple of things you could do :
1- Look for summer internship opportunities
2- Join the security events - Sometimes, you could join local security chapter. Please let me know if you are interested, I can connect you.
3- Look for seminars from different organizations.
4- Explore the NIST website , https://www.nist.gov/careers
5- You find a good information here - https://cyberdegreesedu.org/programs/new-jersey/

Good Luck and All the best.
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Sheen’s Answer

Here are some suggestions on gaining more experience:
* Look for internship or co-op's that various companies offer
* Time permitting, look at part time consulting opportunities
* Consult your colleges career development department for opportunities
* Look at contributing to open source work where you can get also work with other community members for guidance as well
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Terry W.’s Answer

Experience doesn't require you to have a job in the field, although it can help quite a bit. One you get some skills and knowledge under you belt an internship is not only great experience but looks good on a resume.

There are many resources online that can put you on the path to gaining experience and ultimately a job in cybersecurity. Watch videos, take online courses, and set up a small network you can play around with. Security Onion is a nice utility that includes log management, and intrusion detection system, and security monitoring. Hook it up to your home system and watch alerts pop up so you can investigate them. Analysts in the field don't know everything and Google (or your favorite search engine) is your friend. If you come across an alert or something you don't understand or need more info on don't be afraid to look it up.

Reddit has a few sub-reddits you might want to join such as r/cybersecurity and r/hacking. The folks there are generally helpful so ask questions and participate. The more you do the more experience you get and the more you can bring to the table when it comes to your resume and job interview.
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Kevin’s Answer

Hi Candice,

Our enterprise security program also regularly offers internships here at Disney. Due the pandemic, we've had to pause on them but there's a good chance, this will pick up again within the next 12 months or less. You can stay posted using the link below.

https://jobs.disneycareers.com/search-jobs/ALL?orgIds=391-27721-28802-28648-28833-28834-28840-28843-28842-28841-28851&ac=21428&alp=ALL&alt=0&ascf=[%7B%22Key%22:%22ALL%22,%22Value%22:null%7D]&

Also, you might want to review opportunities for IT internships through such organizations as Taproot (https://www.taprootplus.org/). Some of those smaller engagements will give you exposure to the IT and possibly even cybersecurity. Additionally, it may also lead you to network yourself to other companies for entry level roles in the space.

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