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Virginia Cyber Navigator Internship Program

Information about the Position

Cyber NavigatorsThe Virginia Cyber Navigator Internship Program (VA-CNIP) is managed by a coalition of Commonwealth of Virginia Universities and Colleges partnering with the Virginia Department of Elections and industry to educate students about protecting critical infrastructure including our election and voting systems. The university network is lead by the University of Virginia and includes George Mason University, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Tech.

VA-CNIP interns will provide cybersecurity support services to local election offices in Virginia, starting in 2022. The internship will include a 2-day kickoff meeting and 10 weeks of hybrid in-person and remote activities during the summer.

It is expected that students will be able to work remotely, however we do expect students to have occasional face-to-face meetings with their assigned locality supervisor. Students will also be assigned mentors to facilitate their learning experience.

VA-CNIP interns will receive an $8,000 stipend for a 10-week, 30 hours per week engagement with a Virginia local election office. To cover travel costs (mileage, lodging, food, parking, etc.) when interns must do overnight travel to the local registrar location, an additional $1,000 increment may be added to the base stipend.


  • Completed IT 499 DL1 Election Security with a grade of B or better. This course will be offered in Spring 2022.
  • Legally able to work for the University (U.S. citizenship not required)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

How to Apply

Complete the application form and submit the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter with Statement of Interest
  • Unofficial Mason Transcripts. If transferred from another institution, also include transcripts from that institution.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. For questions, please contact Dr. Massimiliano Albanese.