An exciting partnership will ensure eight brand new Griffith University information technology graduates gain industry experience with tech company RightCrowd through a 12-month paid internship.

Successful applicants will be employed full-time for a year, with a salary of $57,500, by agreement with the Gold Coast-based company and Griffith’s recently launched Cyber Studio.

Associate Professor Ernest Foo, from the School of Information and Communication Technology and founder of Cyber Studio, said he was excited about both the partnership and the opportunity for Griffith IT graduates to engage with the sector.

Associate Professor Ernest Foo.

“The cyber security industry in Australia has a need for a significant number of cyber security professionals and Griffith University has made it a priority to provide quality education and training in this field,” Associate Professor Foo said.

“This joint program will produce qualified cyber security professionals that have tertiary qualifications, customized specific practical skills, and workplace experience.”

The first two months of the internship will be spent at Griffith’s Cyber Studio, where the University will further train the graduates in systems and processes used by RightCrowd.

“We will provide them with knowledge specific to RightCrowd so they can hit the ground running,” Associate Professor Foo said.

“We’ll be training them in things like cloud administration, web development and core programming for the kind of work RightCrowd does, while also covering some soft skills.”

Master of Cyber Security student Natalie Yuen, who is also a pharmacist, hopes to take part in the program.

Natalie Yuen.

“It is a great opportunity to apply my skills and knowledge from university in real-life scenarios through industry exposure and managing customer projects,” Natalie said.

“I am hoping to incorporate my skills and knowledge from the internship and my experience as a pharmacist to become a healthcare Chief Security Officer, with the aim to maintain balance between privacy protection of healthcare data and accessibility of such data by healthcare professionals.”

RightCrowd CEO Peter Hill said the partnership with Griffith University would inspire the next generation of cyber security professionals.

“Our leading security solutions have been deployed at some of largest companies in the world and we will provide graduates with international security industry exposure, working alongside experts in the field, sharing their knowledge directly on a day-to-day basis,” Mr Hill said.

“Particularly now with international travel so difficult, the ability to offer graduates security placements, with international clients, while based on the Gold Coast is just an outstanding early career opportunity”.

Associate Professor Foo aims to grow Griffith’s Cyber Studio and in time, facilitate similar arrangements with other tech companies.

“The Cyber Studio is all about giving industry even more confidence in our graduates,” he said.

“My dream is to bring more partners on, offer more internship and training opportunities, and to have networking events where students get to know people in the cyber security industry before they even graduate.”

Applications for the Cyber Studio RightCrowd Internship Program close on October 17, with successful applicants to start in late-November 2021. Apply online.

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