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The Hume Center leads the Virginia Tech National Security Institute's education programs focused on the challenges of cybersecurity, autonomy, and resilience for the national security community. Educational programs provide mentorship, internship, scholarship, and seek to address key challenges in qualified US citizens entering federal and industry service. Current research initiatives housed in the Virginia Tech National Security Institute include machine learning and artificial intelligence, assured and secure communications, space and undersea missions, and 5G security.
General ItemDefense Civilian Training Corps
The Defense Civilian Training Corps is a NEW program for students to build CIVILIAN careers in the United States Department of Defense. Students in the program receive scholarships and stipends, build skills, and earn early job placement.
General ItemCACI Scholar Development & Research Program
The CACI Scholar Development & Research Program (CACI SDRP) will be focused on developing the next generation of computer scientists and engineers focused on signal processing, communications, and software defined radio for the national security community. The Hume Center will run long-term security-focused engineering projects composed of teams of students that span the gamut of class from sophomore through senior level with projected degrees in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and other relevant degree programs. Research teams will be run as a joint effort between students, faculty, and a CACI mentor who defines the specific research problem in the topic of RF and communications, and students will be responsible for planning, execution, and final delivery of research results.
General ItemRTX Fellowship Program
The core goal of this Workforce Development Program is to support Raytheon and the Department of Defense (DoD) with the identification and cultivation of a pipeline of clearable U.S. citizens interested in cyber security and machine learning. Selected students will attend bi-weekly lectures, participate in seminars, and complete a project-based curriculum on topics related to cyber security and machine learning to prepare them for guaranteed internships at Raytheon or the DoD in summer 2022. All students in the program will receive a research stipend and will work on the program for 8-10 hours per week during the academic year. Contingent on performance throughout the academic year and internship, you may be offered a full-time position and start your security clearance as part of this program.