Jun 15, 2017

UTSA Pilots Internship with 470th Military Intelligence Brigade




The 470th Military Intelligence Brigade at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston has partnered with the University of Texas at San Antonio in a pilot internship program for Summer 2017.

 

Four undergraduate students were selected from UTSA’s department of computer science for this pilot internship, including senior Jonathan Jimenez, senior Jonah Waschek, senior Christian Wilson, and senior Wellington Do Vale Rodrigues.

 

During the summer, students worked alongside a mentor within the Open Source Intelligence section of the brigade. They were exposed to the day-to-day operations and software development of real Department of Defense projects, while also earning six semester credit hours for their internship.

 

The internship program gives students real-world experience, while allowing the brigade to tap into the knowledge and skill sets offered by the students.

 

Col. James Royse, 470th MIB commander expressed high hopes for the internship, the first of its kind that’s been undertaken by the unit.

“They’ll see how their skill sets get operationalized into intelligence operations through the military for national security strategy, national military strategy objectives and in our case, primarily in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility,” Royse said.

 

Dr. C. Mauli Agrawal, UTSA interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, thinks the pilot program will give students job experience in the field of cyber security and better prepare them for when they enter the workforce.

 

“We always look to connect our students with real life experiences as much as possible,” Agrawal said. “The more we can engage with real life practitioners, like the military and the private sector, the better it is for our students and for the employers.”

 

Upon completion of the pilot, both UTSA and the brigade hope to offer the internship during every term and be expanded to include students from other fields and disciplines.