Success Stories

SENEDIA’s Real Jobs RI Defense Industry Partnership has accomplished several efforts and initiatives. To date some include:

  • Placing 149 interns in member companies and partner organizations with now over 80% employed
  • Providing cybersecurity trainings to 100 candidates seeking industry-recognized certifications
  • Helping 59 job seekers directly into employment
  • Hosting and facilitating 6 Industry-Academia Roundtables on Cybersecurity and Engineering
  • Supporting the P-TECH Newport Cybersecurity program with 118 P-TECH Students enrolled
  • Delivering industry awareness and outreach to students in 38 of 39 RI school districts for grades 5–16+ students, with presentations to +10,800 students
  • Launching Innovation Generation-JASON Learning curriculum modules featuring videos and profiles of Rhode Island professionals from NUWC, Raytheon, State of RI, Rite-Solutions and RI National Guard that were incorporated into middle school classrooms across RI for more than 1,900 students.

Six Recent On-Site and Virtual Internships Success Stories

As a result of the pandemic, SENEDIA is placing interns both on-site and virtually, to match the shift of companies transitioning to a partial remote working environment.  Read full stories on our interns

Michelle, a student at the Community College of Rhode Island, was caught in the middle of this transition. Michelle, who is a software development intern, has been able to continue her internship remotely by accessing the NeQter Labs network to continue her project. NeQter Labs is a SENEDIA member company.

Jeffry, a student at the Community College of Rhode Island, completing his A.S. in Cybersecurity, successfully completed a virtual internship with KMS Solutions, another SENEDIA member company. Jeffry is now preparing for his Security+ certification through online training resources provided by the RJRI grant. He has been offered a job with KMS Solutions after he graduates.

Travis, a rising senior majoring in computer engineering at the University of Rhode Island, was placed in an on-site internship at Response Technologies, another SENEDIA member company, to learn about and work on installing a robotic spray system and mask-making automation. When Travis finished the 80-hour internship, Response Technologies offered him a position for the summer.

Jacklyn was placed through SENEDIA’s Supply Chain / Business internship program. As a 2020 graduate with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Jacklyn’s internship at MIKEL allowed her to apply everything she learned throughout her four years at Bryant University, to real world situations.

Jim, an intern currently placed at Innovate Newport, was brought on through SENEDIA’s Supply Chain / Business internship program. Jim is completing his B.S. in Marketing from Salve Regina University. Due to the pandemic and lack of open positions, Jim considers himself lucky to have received assistance and guidance from SENEDIA in securing his internship opportunity.

Chris, another intern at NeQter Labs, was recently hired full time as a result of his internship; and was brought on through SENEDIA’S IT/Cybersecurity Internship Program. Chris completed his A.S. Degree in Cybersecurity from Community College of Rhode Island.

Read full stories on our interns and how they benefited from their internship opportunities through SENEDIA. If interested in an internship or if your company would like to host an on-site or virtual intern, please contact internships@senedia.org. SENEDIA has talented intern candidates with cyber/IT, engineering, business and military backgrounds.

SENEDIA Internship Leads To Full Time Position At Northrop Grumman

Michael is a journalist, programmer, and information security professional with a B.A in Journalism from Roger Williams University and a B.S in Computer Science from Johnson & Wales University (JWU). He looks at the world and problems in a very different, logical, and inquisitive way, and has a passion for addressing issues of concern that he sees as important for the communities and people around him to understand while also defending the right to protect people and their information and privacy from threats global and domestic. Michael chose to focus on information security and cyber intelligence because the spread of sensitive information, or the misuse of that information by threat actors to spread lies, discord, and even threaten the lives of people around the world are the very things that a journalist has always sought to defend against.

In June 2019, he contacted SENEDIA interested in the Security+ training SENEDIA offers through our Real Jobs RI Defense Industry Partnership grant. After he completed the first module online, he expressed interest in a SENEDIA internship, also offered through the grant which pays for the intern’s stipend. Read More on Michael Huber

First Rogers High School PTECH Student Receives Associates Degree

NEWPORT — Colin McCabe is the first Rogers High School PTECH student to receive an associate’s degree in cybersecurity through the Community College of Rhode Island while earning his high school degree.  PTECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) is based in the Newport Area Career & Technical Center on the Rogers campus and was designed so that students have four-to-six years to earn both a high school degree and an associate’s degree.  Besides his instructors in the program, he also thanked the representatives of the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance, a partner in the PTECH program.  SENEDIA provided the internship at McLaughlin. Read More

PTECH Team Competed In Girls Go CyberStart

A Woonsocket High School PTECH team of four ladies competed in the Girls Go CyberStart National Championship. The team came in 1st place for Rhode Island and 51st overall out of 276 teams. SENEDIA, through the Real Jobs RI grant provided funding for the teacher/mentor, Ms. Nancy Koczera, to be trained in Cybersecurity through the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program. This training has helped her guide, mentor, and spark student interest in CyberSecurity in order for students to compete in CyberSecurity challenges such as CyberPatriot and Girls GoCyberStart. The students learned in-demand industry skills in Linux, ethical hacking and forensics. Read more about the Team and their mentor.