Name: Subha Mojumder
Internship, Co-op or Research Site: Quark Security Inc.
Position Title: IT/Cybersecurity Intern
Major(s)/Minor(s): Information Systems
Current Class Level: Senior
Work Term: Summer 2019
Tell us about your internship, co-op, or research opportunity, including your day-to-day responsibilities.
I had the pleasure of working for Quark Security as a IT/Cybersecurity Intern for Summer 2019. My daily tasks varied according to the projects I was working on. For those who are interested in IT and Cybersecurity like me, some of the important tools and platforms I use on a daily basis included Jira, Confluence, VMware Fusion (for virtual testing) and other devOp related tools. Based on the tasks assigned to me, I would conduct research and complete each task on Scrum methodology basis for each project. Some of my projects included migration of the Atlassian platform, writing shell scripts for MacBook based on NIST’s 800 publication, and migration of phone log system and communication channels. This internship taught me a tremendous amount of techniques and approaches. This will be a great addition to my portfolio for future references in the professional environment.
Describe the process of obtaining your position. When did you hear of the position and submit your application?
I applied though UMBCWorks for the internship and submitted my resume as well. A week after applying for the position, a recruiter from the company reached out to me to set up a phone interview. After the phone interview, an in-person interview was scheduled. After two rounds of interviews, within a week, I heard back from the recruiter on an email with an offer letter containing all the details of my start date, duration, and pay rate for the internship. It was a very straightforward and effortless process.
What have you enjoyed the most about your position or organization?
I have enjoyed learning more about a cybersecurity related environment. I had the opportunity to meet an amazing team of fun, dedicated, and punctual people that offered me all the help that I needed.
How do you believe you have made an impact through your work?
I believe that I have made my teams work much easier by helping them with migration, securing their data and by saving time. Since, Quark Security is a cybersecurity organization, they have many contracts with very well-known companies such as Lockheed Martin, Department of Defense, Boeing. They provide cross-domain solutions and Android support to these secured organizations. There are two main teams, the cross-domain solution team and the android solution team and I believe that my contribution to the projects has benefited the entire organization altogether.
What advice would you give to another student who is seeking an internship or similar experience?
My advice to anyone would be to apply to as many places as possible. Apply to many internship opportunities that spike your interest. Go through as many interviews as possible but never lose hope! Don’t forget to explore and once you find a good company, know about the company as much as possible. Try to mingle with as many departments as possible to get to know what kind of work they do. Also, don't be scared to ask lots of questions! Good luck!
Also, the Career Center is amazing and they will provide you with all the help you need. I would highly recommend taking the practicum workshops offered by the Career Center because those are also very helpful!
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