Innovative cyber security internship launched at Greenwich


The University of Greenwich, in partnership with global corporation iQ4, is the first university in England to launch an innovative virtual internship aimed at advancing students’ cyber security skills and professional development.


Students from the university's Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences are being offered the opportunity to improve their cyber security knowledge and develop their soft skills as part of an internship programme created by the iQ4-led, global Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance (CWA).

During the 12-week virtual internship, students work on weekly real-world scenarios in teams and are mentored by industry experts from foremost cyber security and technology companies, including Symantec, Sopra Steria, KPMG and Kroll.

Founded in 2015 and rapidly growing in the United States, the programme is being run by just two universities in the UK, with Greenwich currently being the only university in England to run it.

Dr Diane Gan, Principal Lecturer from the university's School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, said: "It's an exciting partnership and we are thrilled to be able to offer this to our students, who can develop their professional skills under the tutelage of industry experts and gain real insight into what's expected in the workplace.

"As well as learning about cyber security, students also develop 'soft skills' such as presenting ideas, responsibility and communicating with senior professionals."

Hester Burnige, Employability Manager from the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, added: "This is a fantastic opportunity for our students, and it is more than just getting a foot in the door. Employers will recruit from an exclusive pool of people who have completed the programme, which our students will now be a part of.

"Although the focus is on cyber security, the programme is designed for students from all disciplines, as knowledge in this area is pertinent to so many careers and industries."

Peter Meehan, SVP International iQ4 and CWA Co-Founder, said: "iQ4 Corp and the Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance are thrilled to have Greenwich as the first university in England get on board the industry-led CWA movement. The founding chief information security officers and iQ4 designed the course to accelerate and scale the next-generation graduates into cyber security and risk roles.

"Greenwich joins a growing number of universities around the world that are leveraging the CWA's virtual-internship model, which develops a diverse pipeline of talent from all faculty. In fact, diversity and inclusion were the core reasons Symantec sponsored the CWA at Greenwich from their Corporate Social Responsibility funds because without affirmative selection, 43 per cent of our CWA alumni are women.

"We are very grateful to Symantec and the mentors – employee professionals from KPMG, Sopra Steria and Kroll - who invest an hour a week on-line with the teams of students."