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Southwest Virginia students in security-related fields are climbing their own routes into the cybersecurity workforce with help from Commonwealth Cyber Initiative programs and resources. Graphic by Kathy Acosta for Virginia Tech.

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 Spring 2024

Events & workshops

  • The Student Researcher Showcase, which will take place on March 22, is an opportunity for students to present their ongoing cyber-related research projects to a room of professors, industry professionals, and students from institutions across Southwest Virginia. 
  • The Commonwealth Cyber Initiative Symposium will take place in Richmond on April 15-16.
  • Aspiring entrepreneurs can connect with leading Virginia investors to hear what they’re looking for, share research, and receive feedback at our Meet Up to Startup sessions hapening throughout the year across thes state. 
  • In partnership with Virginia Tech’s LAUNCH: Center for New Ventures, the CCI Cyber Startup Lab guides graduate students and postdocs through some of the critical issues to consider before creating a startup. 

CCI SWVA Cyber Internship program

CCI SWVA Cyber Internship program subsidizes or supports cyber internships in information technology (IT) at regional organizations. Interns work with personnel from central IT, who are responsible for recruiting, planning and administering the program, focusing on the following three areas:

  • Cyber Defense
  • Security Architecture
  • Risk Management

CCI SWVA continues to expand student programs and opportunities. Check back for updates, or sign up for our newsletter. For more information on any of the current programs, contact the CCI SWVA team. 

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