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The MITRE Corporation Network Technology and Security Intern in Bedford, Massachusetts

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Key Description:

Do you want to learn more about networking -- a lot more? Spend Summer 2021 working with a team of engineers who specialize in providing networking expertise on a wide variety of projects. Your activities may include performing design, analysis, prototyping, experimentation, and/or modeling and simulation of various networks.

MITRE's Infrastructure & Networking Innovation Center, seeks bright, curious, and energetic students who are passionate about communications networks to intern with us this summer. Our Innovation Center is made of five separate individual departments each focusing on different department work areas: Communications Network Engineering & Analysis; Advanced Technical Computing; Network Technology & Security; Computing Information & IT Service Mgmt. and Network Analytics. Applying to this pipeline requisition will put you in a candidate pool that will be viewed and considered by our innovation center's technical leaders, all hiring for the same role across our departments.

Key Functions:

Your specific duties will depend on your skills and experience as well as the project efforts that are underway in May and June. Your activities will be guided by a mentor and designed to take advantage of your existing networking knowledge and experience while also enabling you to gain new skills through exposure to aspects of networking that are still unfamiliar to you. Internships generally last 8-12 weeks during May-August, with specific start and stop dates depending on your school’s calendar. Interns will participate in a program of technical and social activities designed to build camaraderie and expose them to what MITRE does across the corporation. Interns will discover why MITRE is such a great place to work and explore possibilities for full-time employment in the future.

All work will require you to make use of your fundamental understanding of and interest in networking protocols and principles. To be clear, this is not the type of network engineering position that involves administering, configuring, managing, updating, troubleshooting, or otherwise maintaining a production network to support the work of other analysts. On the contrary, the work may include performing research, analysis, hands-on prototyping, testing, and/or modelling and simulation to address key questions regarding network design and performance that are faced by a variety of MITRE’s customers. Specifically, you may perform one or more of the following types of activities in support of communications network research:

  • Develop and program prototypes in C/C++, Java, Python or similar languages in cloud environments

  • Build lab-based testbeds and conduct proof-of-concept experiments

  • Develop and execute experiments in a prototype environment

  • Evaluate the performance of operational networks, protocols, and experimental systems

  • Perform systems-level programming, IP packet processing, and TCP/IP sockets programming

Required Qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing a degree in a technical discipline including but not limited to Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information Systems, etc.

  • Knowledge of networking fundamentals and related protocols (e.g. TCP, IP, UDP, MPLS, etc.)

  • Basic programming or scripting experience (e.g. C, C++, Java, Python)

  • Sustained excellence in academic performance.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to work well in a collaborative team environment

  • Self-motivated to learn new technologies and flexibility to support tasking in a variety of areas

  • Ability to obtain/maintain a DoD Secret Clearance (U.S. Citizenship required). Security clearance or Suitability level may be required and may vary; applicants will be updated during interview process. (Because a full-time position requires a US government security clearance, we require our interns to be clearable even though they may not need a security clearance or suitability determination during their internship.).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Coursework or experience in one or more of the following: Cloud networking fundamentals, Infrastructure automation and virtualization technologies, IP routing and layer 2 switching protocols, Wireless and cellular networking fundamentals, Scripting or programming proficiency in languages such as C, C++, Java, or Python

  • R&D or analysis interest and experience

  • Familiarity with emerging networking protocols and concepts such as software-defined networking, programmable data planes, network virtualization, or cloud technologies

  • Use or familiarity with network performance testing and measurement tools and techniques

  • Familiarity with DevSecOps principles

  • Fundamental knowledge of cyber and network security techniques

  • Modeling and simulation experience using commercial tools (e.g. Riverbed/OPNET, MATLAB, Qualnet, Exata, STK)

  • Experience configuring IP routers, firewalls, and Ethernet switches

  • Hands-on test and evaluation experience

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