Security Student Co-Op Program

Undergraduate students in any field of study are encouraged to apply for the Information Security Co-Op Program, a partnership between the Ohio State University Enterprise Security (ES) Team, the College of Engineering Career Services, and Computer Science & Engineering. The program provides an opportunity for students to acquire information security skills, gain real-world experience and see emerging technologies as they are used in the field. ES will work to find external internships with Ohio employers for students who participate in the program for at least 2 consecutive years.

How It Works

  • Work with the Enterprise Security team near full-time during the summer and 20 hours per week during autumn and spring semesters
  • Choose a work focus in the area of your choice (based on availability)
  • Participate in supplemental security training opportunities throughout the year (conferences, lunch-and-learns, etc.)
  • Participate in local security networking groups
  • Work on assignments that are short-term (6 to 12 week defined efforts) or long term, participating in ongoing operational functions
  • Get paid for your skills and knowledge, while working a flexible schedule
  • Choose to continue your co-op participation yearly, through completion of your undergraduate degree

What You'll Learn

Security Operations

  • Security incident response
  • Vulnerability management processes
  • Intrusion detection
  • Log monitoring

Governance, Policy, and Disaster Recovery

  • Information security frameworks and policy
  • Legal and regulatory compliance issues facing security professionals
  • Disaster Recovery planning and testing

Endpoint Security

  • Mobile device management
  • Antivirus and systems protection
  • Encryption management
  • Data loss prevention systems and techniques

Security Risk Management and Awareness

  • Security assessments and testing
  • Training and awareness programs and objectives
  • Industrial control systems security

Identity & Access Management

  • Roles, entitlements, and access provisioning
  • Business analysis and systems design
  • Authentication systems management
  • Multi-factor authentication engineering

OCIO Infrastructure Operations and Risk Management

  • Datacenter networking
  • Managed IT customer solutions and onboarding
  • Endpoint Management
  • IT infrastructure design, implementation and improvement

Who Can Apply?

Undergraduate students in any major, at any level, can apply under the Following conditions:

  • Have a passion for information security
  • Have and maintain good standing with the student’s college of enrollment
  • Pass a background check
  • Agree to Ohio State’s conditions of employment
  • Commit to completing CSE 4471: Introduction to Information Security, or equivalent coursework, by the end of their next school year
  • Engineering students should register with Engineering Career Services – ecs.osu.edu/registration-benefits

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