SecureStrux actively encourages young people to pursue careers in the cybersecurity field by extending internship opportunities to outstanding high school and college students. Interns are assigned to a senior-level manager and are fully engaged on critical projects that directly affect business outcomes. The company encourages students to explore the full range of business operations and extended involvement in the community as relevant to their educational experience. At SecureStrux, the highest value is placed on collaborating as a team, and interns are treated as peers in this process.
We are pleased to share more about our Marketing Intern, Lindsey Rose, and the work she does supporting SecureStrux’s mission in cybersecurity.
What are five words that describe your internship with SecureStrux?
Intriguing, Empowering, Educational, Curious, Exciting
How did you first learn about cyber, and when did you know you were interested enough to pursue an internship?
I first learned about cyber through SecureStrux’s Managing Partner Sienna Crawford in my junior year. The opportunity came to me and I was excited to pursue it. Cyber is definitely a buzz word that’s used around campus and when its mentioned there’s a big push for you to go into that direction. For me though, I really had no idea what it entailed. After my first conference, I was incredibly intrigued by the “cyber world.” I learned so much in such a short amount of time, I couldn’t get enough.
What do you do for SecureStrux and what do you like best?
The thing I like most about SecureStrux is the people I work with. The atmosphere is very easy going. Being an intern can be very intimidating, and everyone made the transition for me from just a college student to the professional world very easy. Everyone is very helpful and considerate of the fact that I am both in school and working on projects for SecureStrux.
Do you feel your internship is adequately preparing you for the current work environment, and is there anything you would change?
I absolutely feel I will be prepared for a future work environment. Something cool about being an intern for SecureStrux is the fact that everything is remote. I have had experience with conference calls, I’ve been able to work on my skills with professional emails, and working with different technology to keep up to date on work.
How do you see the value of mentorship affecting the outcomes of internships and landing a permanent position after graduation?
I see a lot of value in the mentors I’ve worked with. I have learned a lot about both industries- cybersecurity and marketing. My immediate supervisor at SecureStrux has been a key mentor to me in helping me understand a lot of what marketing is and how it varies in every industry. She has been so patient with me and helps me anytime things may get overwhelming with school and working.
What advice can you give to other students who are interested in working in cyber? Do you have any tips, tools, or resources for others that might help them to make their cyber internship more successful?
Advice that I could give other students is to not be afraid to ask questions! At first it can be intimidating I know, but in this industry I feel that it is always better to ask than assume. Along with that everyone is so helpful, and is willing to help answer questions whenever they come up.
If you could tell the world one thing about cyber, what would it be?
Cyber has a lot more to it than what you would think. Its like an onion, there’s so many layers.
Is there anything you’d like to tell young girls who may not have considered cyber as a field of study?
If I could tell young girls anything it is that you are just as smart as the people around you. You may have to work a little harder, but don’t get discouraged because there’s a place for you in the “cyber world.”
Can you share three things you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to read, practice my writing, and hangout with friends.
What is one thing you can’t live without on campus?
I could not live without the library. It’s such a great place to get my homework done and get away from all distractions.
School: Radford University
Program: Communications- Major in Public Relations Minor in Marketing
Graduation Date: May 2019
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindseynrose/