CASE STUDY

New York City Public Schools Regional Cybersecurity Externship

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1. The Problem

Today the high tech STEM field is a major factor in an ever-evolving economy. Creating opportunities for students to engage with industry in these fields outside of the classroom however remains difficult.

  • Lack of accessible Work Based Learning in the High Tech Sector.
  • A challenge to bring local industry to the table on a consistent basis.
  • Opportunities limited and not available to an entire class making it difficult for CTE teams to deliver on workforce readiness.

2. The Ask

With a vision to take their Cyber pathway to the next level, NYC Department of Education selected Experience Externships as a partner to build a Cyber Externship in collaboration with local Industry Professionals that would align with their requirements of workforce readiness.

  • Provide students with hands-on, industry developed, work based learning in the Cyber field.
  • Provide this opportunity to an entire class and make it more accessible to students.
  • Build a network with local industry for continued exposure and to bring real world learning to their schools/pathways.

3. The Solution

Experience Externships developed a regional Cyber Externship during Spring break 2021 joining together districts and industry partners from NYC.

  • Built relationships with local companies and key Cyber talent to support the workforce ecosystem where students networked with industry experts to gain professional mentors and internship opportunities.
  • Turnkey solution for both educators and industry to participate while gaining maximum value/exposure.
  • Able to provide Work Based Learning opportunities at scale through cohort based externships.

Outcomes & Exposure

Experience supported students’ growth and CTE department desired learning outcomes.

  • Students were highly engaged and found the experience life changing (97% would recommend it to their friends, 95% chose the pathway afterwards, and 95% said this helped them network with future employers.)
  • Students were offered paid Summer Internships from local employers identified via our SEL skills assessment providing valuable data points to employers.
  • 100% of companies and talent signed up to join the next series of Externships and support work based learning throughout the school year.

Future Outlook

“These externships have been built into the New York City Department of Education school year and annual budget. Experience is creating a continued ecosystem connecting local industry, organizations and NYC school districts who are supporting the development of youth getting to high tech careers.”

Meet Our Cyber Heroes

Bernardo Vasquez

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Hudson Travel

Laura Deaner

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) - Northwestern Mutual

Carol Suchit-Hudson

Head of Information Security at LTSE

Idalia Ramos

Senior Security Analyst at Accenture Federal Services

Evelin Urbaez

Threat and Vulnerability Analyst Horizon Blue Cross

Outcomes

AUDIT DATA

97%

Would Recommend Externship to a friend

95%

Made Them Want to Choose Cybersecurity as a Pathway in School and Beyond

97%

Said they now have a Better Understanding of How to Reach Their Career Goals

95%

Said the Externship Helped Them Network With Potential Future Employers

96%

Helped Enhance Collaboration and Teamwork Skills

It's more interesting than I thought it was. And I'm glad I got to experience it with so many different people. I loved it, it was so much fun!

Christen D.

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I really liked this program, it was very life-changing for me.

Miseok K.

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All the industry speakers I think that was something I took the most out of. They were straight up with you ... it was nice that they didn't sugar coat it.

Ivan A.

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My overall experience was really good, I thought at first that it would be really boring, but when I jumped in, it was really fun and you learn a lot.

Paty A.

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Connecting with industry people everyday was something out of the normal, you don't connect with industry people everyday. It was nice to see so many faces from around the globe, with different experiences, different backgrounds, it was really good.

Akeeme B.

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I learned a lot of key practices and ideologies that are really applicable towards life, not just cybersecurity.

Krish P.

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The industry speakers were very helpful because they talk about their job and they talk about how they got there. That's not something you can just google.

Miseok K.

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I learned how to be successful in cybersecurity. Even though I'm a girl, I learned I can still do it.

Paty A.

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The people you're bringing in is amazing, the information you're giving is really good and the challenges are amazing too. So just know you guys are making a difference, at least in my life.

Ivan A.

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My overall experience was 10/10. It was definitely a very good externship experience, and I learned a lot about cybersecurity. I learned the essentials of how to be successful with all the industry speakers, it really helped me a lot to understand some of the things that they go through.

Akeeme B.

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I really wish we had more time as I'd love to learn more. More cybersecurity and even other topics in such an energetic, engaging, and vibrant enviroment. It was just amazing.

Krish P.

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I think I learned a lot of skills that will help me in the future, like working in teams. Normally I like working alone but this program helped me work with other people.

Paty A.

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The challenges was very well made. It really reflected the real-life situation.

Miseok K.

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