Summer 2021 Fellows: Ayelet Drazen, ‘22 (Political Science) and Evani Radiya-Dixit, ‘21 (Computer Science)
CISA is the Nation’s risk advisor, working with partners to defend against today’s threats and collaborating to build more secure and resilient infrastructure for the future. The threats we face—digital and physical, man-made, technological, and natural—are more complex, and the threat actors more diverse, than at any point in our history. CISA is at the heart of mobilizing a collective defense as we lead the Nation’s efforts to understand and manage risk to our critical infrastructure. CISA relies heavily upon international partnerships and information sharing to anticipate, prevent and mitigate cyberattacks in an expedient yet holistic and collaborative way.
CISA International is seeking two interns to work across the full spectrum of CISA’s international efforts, with a focus on (1) Europe and Five Eyes partners; (2) the Indo-Pacific, Middle East and Americas regions; and (3) Global Organizations and Standards issues. Selected fellows will have an opportunity to indicate a preference for one of the three internship opportunities in CISA International.
Key priorities for these efforts are to: (1) identify international engagement opportunities; priorities; and objectives and prepare CISA officials for participation and (2) plan, develop, and implement international cooperative activities to address CISA’s strategic priorities.
Typical work assignments include:
- Developing and implementing international policy and initiatives in support of the CISA and DHS missions and international policy objectives.
- Pursuing CISA’s international agenda, whether through information exchanges, technical research and development, or operational activities with other DHS components, interagency counterparts and foreign interlocutors.
- Organizing and participating in multinational seminars, conferences, substantive exchanges, and training activities.
- Representing CISA in a variety of engagements, understanding CISA’s priorities, and communicating CISA mission, operational requirements, and activities effectively to stakeholders.
- Developing policy, programs, and guidelines for implementation.
Ability to create a project plan and maintain control gates. Excellent writing, speaking and strategic thinking skills, as well as the willingness to take initiative and proactively learn new things in a fast-paced environment. Strong interpersonal and creative problem solving skills.
The CISA fellowship also requires US citizenship.