Posted on 27 Mar 2019 1:32 PM

This year, the Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cybersecurity Community is hosting the third annual CAE Virtual Career Fair (VCF), sponsored by CyberWatch West (CWW) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), on September 27, 2019 from 9:00am-1:00pm PT. Our virtual career fair is unique in that we invite students/alumni from 270+ institutions designated as CAEs in Research (CAE-R), Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) to participate. Institutions receive the CAE in Cybersecurity designation after meeting the rigorous requirements of the program set forth by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The standards set forth by the NSA/DHS curriculum guidelines also ensure students from CAE institutions receive a quality cybersecurity education that prepares them for a career the cyber workforce .

As the CAE in Cybersecurity program continues to designate new CAEs, the number of students participating in the CAE VCF is expected to grow. Last year, 1200+ students/alumni participated in the CAE VCF. This year, the community has an estimated 10,000+ students graduating from junior colleges and universities seeking jobs in cybersecurity. In addition, our community has an estimated 20,000+ students that are eligible for internships in the 2019-2020 academic year.  Students/alumni from CAE designated institutions are extremely valuable to any organization as they must meet the rigorous curriculum requirements set forth by the NSA/DHS in order to graduate.

Since this is our third year hosting this event, we also have some insight into how our event is received by students/alumni and employers. Survey data from the 2017 and 2018 event indicate the CAE VCF is positively received by both employers and students that participate in our event. Many students find careers through our event and many of the same employers return year after year to participate. This year as we transition to a new virtual conferencing platform with more customization and booth options, we only expect the level of user satisfaction to increase.

We encourage all interested in this event to register quickly as this event is likely to fill fast.

Do not miss out on access to the Centers of Academic Excellence student pool! Students from CAE designated instructions must meet rigorous curriculum requirements set forth by the NSA/DHS to graduate. This year as we continue to expand the CAE in Cybersecurity program, our level of student participation is expected to increase. By participating in this event, you will have access to all student resumes submitted, which will enable you to review quality candidate profiles and student resumes before attending the Virtual Career Fair. In addition, employers will also have the opportunity to showcase your company through virtual booth branding and presentations. A series of user workshops will also be held before the event to enable your success at the Virtual Career Fair. Employers are also invited to participate in a series of resume/interview workshops we will host with our job seekers to provide tips for success.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the 2019 CAE Virtual Career Fair, please fill out our form at

Looking to fill those empty faculty positions? CAE designated institutions can host a booth at the CAE Virtual Career Fair to look for qualified faculty. Whether you are looking for faculty with a Bachelors, Masters, or Doctorate, the CAE Virtual Career Fair will provide you with the one on one experience with qualified candidates. Resumes will be available to institutions hosting a booth BEFORE the career fair. 

If you are interested in hosting a booth at the 2019 CAE Virtual Career Fair, please fill out our form at

By participating in the CAE Virtual Career Fair, students/alumni from CAE designated institutions are able to network with employers from industry and government seeking internships, part-time, and full-time employment. Students/alumni can submit resumes before the virtual career fair begins to allow employers to look at resumes before the career fair. Students will also have the ability to build their profile within the environment to ensure success.

Students are also invited to participate in a series of workshops leading up to our CAE Virtual Career Fair to help you build your resume and interview skills. Additional resume and interview resources are available below provided by the National Institute of Science and Technology.

Students from CAEs in Research (CAE-R), Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) are invited to participate at NO COST.

Please fill out our registration form at


The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education is also providing all of the CAE designated institutions with access to their Resume and Interview tutorials. Since all students/alumni/faculty are required to submit a resume before attending the career fair, you are HIGHLY encouraged to take advantage of these FREE resources. 

You can access the tutorials at

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact

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