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How can I get an internship in cybersecurity as a junior in college with no professional experience except for the projects I have done academically.

I am 26 a military veteran w/ a secret clearance and basic knowledge of cybersecurity concepts and am advancing them daily.

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Carmen’s Answer

Focus solely on building connections (seek out each chance to engage with individuals who work in that specific company or role), since more than 86% of job opportunities are obtained through networking rather than submitting numerous resumes. Start with LinkedIn, boasting over 150 million daily active users in the US. Remember, you have nothing to lose, so maintain a positive attitude and keep forging new connections!
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Whitney’s Answer

Hi Malachi! I would also recommend speaking with your professors to see if they are doing any research or applied research you can help with. This will not only get you more experience but show initiative to find opportunities and that you can be successful in a professional setting to potential employers
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Somayeh’s Answer

Look for cybersecurity companies, new businesses, and government organizations that provide internships in the field. In the United States, there are many companies that offer cybersecurity internships. Here's a list of popular companies with cybersecurity internship programs:

- Cisco Systems
- IBM
- Microsoft
- Intel Corporation
- Symantec Corporation
- Palo Alto Networks
- FireEye
- McAfee
- Northrop Grumman
- Lockheed Martin
- Raytheon
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- Ernst & Young (EY)
- Deloitte
- KPMG
- PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
- Accenture
- Verizon
- AT&T
- Comcast
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Mark’s Answer

Your academic projects are your hands on experience. You can list those on your resume. An internship is both a learning experience and is typically designed for college students whose only hands on experience is academic projects. I would encourage you to seek out your schools career services department. I work as a career counselor in the career services department at a local college and we help students figure out how to put their IT projects on their resumes and give guidance on how to find an apply to internships. Your school career services department might even know of specific companies looking for interns.
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