Lt. Governor Brown Launches BRAC Internship Website at University of Maryland College Park
Website connects college students with BRAC-related internship opportunities
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (October 7, 2010) – Today at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), Lt. Governor Brown joined UMCP Acting President Dr. Nariman Farvardin, students, faculty, staff and representatives from military agencies and defense contracting companies to launch the BRAC Internship Information Center Website. This new Website – found at http://www.internshipcenter.mhec.maryland.gov/ – serves as a one-stop online resource for college students seeking internships with military missions and defense firms.
“As tens of thousands of new jobs are being created as Maryland prepares for BRAC, new internship opportunities become available throughout the state every day. Maryland’s new BRAC Internship Information Center will connect our college students to these valuable opportunities, providing them with the skills, training and knowledge they will need as they pursue a career upon graduating,” said Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, Chair of the Governor’s Subcabinet on BRAC. “Governor O’Malley and I will continue to strengthen our partnerships with our higher education institutions and businesses as we prepare our young Marylanders for the jobs of tomorrow.”
Lt. Governor Brown and UMCP Acting President Dr. Nariman Farvardin were joined at today’s launch by representatives from the National Security Agency (NSA), the Tech Council of Maryland, SAIC, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the Fort Meade Alliance. A similar Website launch event was held Tuesday at Morgan State University.
“The University of Maryland is excited about launching the new BRAC Internship Information Center website,” said Nariman Farvardin, Acting President and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of Maryland. “We know the critical value that BRAC brings to the State of Maryland and, as a leading contributor to the state’s workforce development initiatives, we look for each opportunity to create valuable learning and contributing opportunities for our students, many of whom are the state’s most talented. This new Internship Information Center and website will become invaluable resources for such experiences which, we fully expect, will better prepare our students and ultimately help Maryland retain and employ its best and brightest residents of the future.”
In response to the workforce needs of the many businesses and military units moving into Maryland as a result of the 2005 BRAC Act, the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) has created the Website to serve as a clearinghouse for student internships available throughout the state. The Website currently has over 500 listed internships in a variety of fields, from construction engineering to cryptography. The user-friendly site allows students to register for alerts concerning new internships as they become available.
“Data indicates that most students who successfully complete an internship are offered a job after college. An internship is a good way to gain work experience, and, in some cases, to begin the application process for a security clearance. By registering at the Website, students will learn of hundreds of internships available in a variety of exciting fields,” said MHEC Secretary Dr. James Lyons.
“BRAC is having a tremendous impact on Maryland’s economy,” said Renée M. Winsky, CEO of the Tech Council of Maryland. “With an abundance of federal and military installations and our burgeoning defense contractor community, the state is responding to their needs with this new online BRAC Internship Information Center. Not only can Maryland college students learn about internships at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Fort Detrick, Northrop Grumman or Booz Allen Hamilton, they can also avail themselves of critical information on security clearances and make great strides towards a defense-oriented career.”
BRAC-related internships create opportunities for students to gain a security clearance sponsorship while they finish their studies, connects students with potential employment opportunities before graduating, and ensures that Maryland’s students are workforce-ready and equipped with the skills and training needed for the information systems, technology, cybersecurity and defense jobs being created throughout the state as a result of the BRAC activities.
“DISA is pleased to be a part of the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s intern website launch. We recognize the significance of hiring current and graduating students. The intern program website will provide an excellent gateway to hire the best and the brightest talent, and it will ensure a highly capable workforce for the future,” says Dr. Pamela Clay, Chief of Professional Development and Visual Information Division for the Defense Information Systems Agency.
Since taking office, the O’Malley-Brown administration has strengthened existing cooperative efforts and established new partnerships with local government, community leaders, military officials, higher education leaders, and the private sector to prepare the physical and workforce infrastructure for BRAC, a process that will create as many as 60,000 new jobs across the state. As Chair of the Governor’s Subcabinet on BRAC, Lt. Governor Brown led efforts to pass legislation in 2008 that created the BRAC Higher Education Grant Program, which has distributed $2.8 million in grants to 2- and 4-year colleges and universities throughout the state to develop new programs addressing BRAC-related workforce needs or to expand upon existing related programs.