What can I do to prepare and acquire a cyber security internship?
I'm halfway through my first year in my Cyber Security Master's program and I want to take any necessary steps to obtain the experience that I need to acquire a great job after graduation. I've never had any experience with applying to internships, specifically in cyber security and related areas prior to now and I want to be as informed as I can be in terms of what companies are looking for in their candidates. I would appreciate any advice I can get to better prepare myself and stand out in this competitive field. Thank you!
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The local chapters of not-for-profit organizations such as ISSA (issa.org) and OWASP (owasp.org) are a good meeting venue where you can meet and network with professionals who are involved with cyber security. They usually have monthly meetings and are always willing to help out.
I have been hiring (but not currently) cyber security professionals and interns for over 23 years. 1. Is your resume up to date and best practice standards? 2. Is your LinkedIn Profile up to date and matching, where appropriate your resume? 3. How are you doing on your professional networking? 4. Make sure your LinkedIn SSI score is growing every week, your goal is to get to around 70. 5. Volunteer with organizations that use technology and help them secure their technology. 6. Volunteer at technology / STEM camps for kids. 7. On your resume / LinkedIn, I am not looking so much for what you know, I'm looking for what your have DONE, then I will know what you know. 8. Study LinkedIn based jobs for your area of interest like (cyber) security and look for common themes. 9. Pursue Security+ certification 10. Have fun, great career.