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The breadth and depth of the cybersecurity research ongoing in the Southwest node of CCI is drawing students to hands-on opportunities. Hundreds of graduates and undergraduates are working directly on CCI research or engaged in cybersecurity internships or training programs. These experiences equip students with highly specialized cybersecurity skills, preparing them to meet the growing demand for cybersecurity talent in the commonwealth and beyond. 

CCI is also dedicated to supporting professional development and training opportunities for K-12 educators and other learners in our region.

Student Opportunities Fall 2023

Events & workshops

Career & internship fairs 

Programs & competitions 

  • Applications for the Cyber Pre-Apprenticeship Program are due on or before October 1, 2023. Selected students will be paid $3,500 and will have a virtual placement with a Virginia-based technical company
  • CCI seeks proposals for Cyber as a Service projects to enhance students’ skills to enter the cybersecurity workforce on graduation and benefit the local economy. Proposals (up to $5,000) due September 22.
  • Got a good idea? Pitch it at next week’s Game Changer Student Pitch Competition in Blacksburg. Competitors will demonstrate their groundbreaking ideas for addressing real-world challenges and compete for prizes totaling over $16,000. Open to students throughout the region. More details in the attached document. 




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