Internships

Get hands-on cybersecurity experience

Each summer, OmniSOC hosts an internship program that offers students from our founding member academic institutions (Indiana University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska, Northwestern University, and Rutgers University) an opportunity to gain professional experience at a security operations center (SOC). This program is designed to help interns:

  • Become more aware of the many areas of interest within cybersecurity
  • Determine where their interests are
  • Discover what areas of study they should pursue in the future
  • Interact directly with security operations professionals and other diverse groups with diverse skill sets

As an intern, explore a variety of real-life cybersecurity applications and gain hands-on experience in cybersecurity foundations. Interns will also receive formal and informal shadowing opportunities. This immersive program provides mentoring and guidance by subject matter experts in three components of a security operations center: platform engineering, security engineering, and basic SOC operations. Discussions and explorations will include issues related to cybersecurity activities within a professional SOC environment. Please note that this internship focuses on blue team components of security, rather than red team components.

2024 internship application—now open!

June 17 to July 26, 2024 | Bloomington, IN

The internship application is currently open to students enrolled at Indiana University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska, Northwestern University, or Rutgers University. Registration will close after Sunday, March 3.

This six-week paid program will have two segments. Weeks one through three will take place at the OmniSOC in Bloomington, IN. During weeks four through six, interns from the same school will work together on a final project led by each school's security office. Depending on each security office's preference, interns may work at their home campus location or remotely. 

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Selection process
After you apply, OmniSOC will share your application with your home institution's security office. After the application window closes, your home institution security office will consider your application along with the other applicants from your school. Three interns are chosen from each participating school. OmniSOC will follow up with applicants regarding the status of their application no later than March 31.

Selected interns must be able to travel to Bloomington, IN for the first three weeks and—depending on the school—be required to travel to their home campus for the remaining three weeks to work in the security office. Interns may have the possibility to work remotely during the final three weeks.

All interns will be housed together in campus housing. The exact location will be determined closer to the summer and communicated to the interns prior to traveling. For interns from IU Bloomington, staying in campus housing is not required.

After the application closes, OmniSOC works with each participating school's security office to review applications and make selections. Applicants will be contacted regarding their application no later than Friday, March 29.

Those applying will be asked to provide a personal statement (1000 word maximum), information on prior relevant coursework, and two references.

Students must be eighteen years or older to participate in the summer internship program.

While the OmniSOC internship program is constructed for undergraduate students, graduate students are welcome to apply and may be offered a seat.

International students with F1 status are welcome to apply and can participate in the internship program, but will need to obtain Curricular Practical Training (CPT) approval. Students should work closely with their school's international services office prior to attending to ensure the appropriate steps are taken.

Selected interns will be asked to bring their own laptop. Prior to traveling, OmniSOC will share specifics pertaining to applications and specifications needed. OmniSOC may be able to loan equipment, though this is limited and not guaranteed. 

My favorite part about this internship was learning under the guidance of different professionals within OmniSOC…Having access to their expertise and knowing that they have many years of experience within the cybersecurity industry was invaluable during my time at Indiana University and with my home team at Rutgers. I learned a great deal from asking these mentors various questions and getting advice on career goals within the IT field.

Cassandra Begin | Rutgers | 2019 intern

The summer internship is for students currently enrolled at Indiana University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska, Northwestern University, or Rutgers University. 

Read about the 2023 program