CS|Source Stakeholder Spotlight: Peraton
May 9, 2020
Q: How does Peraton interact with Virginia Tech students?
Our primary interaction for recruiting Virginia Tech students is through the CS|Source career fairs, but we enjoy engaging with students throughout the semester. Having an office in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center means we’re close by, and we leverage our proximity to be engaged members of the CS@VT community.
We have many connection points with Virginia Tech throughout the academic year, including:
- Interacting through classes as guest lecturers or panel members,
- Presenting to computer science student organizations,
- Listening to presentations at the CS:1944 Cool Topics Fair,
- Serving as judges for the undergraduate research poster sessions,
- Sharing meals with students at etiquette dinners and awards banquets, and
- Presenting information sessions.
As alumni we really value all these interactions because they allow us to give back to the university community while also meeting students who may become future Peraton employees.
Q: Has Peraton been involved with any other events on campus for Virginia Tech students?
The majority of the staff in our Blacksburg office are VT and CS@VT alumni, so we enjoy engaging with and giving back to the university community in the spirit of Ut Prosim. Some of our staff serve as alumni advisors for student organizations, and we’ve served on Virginia Tech advisory boards composed of students and alumni. We’re always looking for new ways to get involved.
Q: How does Peraton hope to further interact with Virginia Tech students in the future?
One of the areas our chief technology officer, his staff, and the Blacksburg office have been exploring is sponsored research with Virginia Tech as part of our Internal Research and Development program. We’ve met with organizations like the Virginia Tech Hume Center and Space@VT to discuss how we might be able to work together. In the future we hope to develop projects that allow our staff to work closely with the university research community, including undergraduates, graduates, and faculty.
Q: How many years has Peraton been attending career fairs at Virginia Tech?
We’ve been attending career fairs at Virginia Tech since 1999, so 21 years. Hiring college students has always been an important component of our staffing strategy. College graduates, interns, and co-ops contribute new, innovative technical ideas and bring technical curiosity to the company.
Each year Virginia Tech produces exceptional graduates, some of whom have gone on to become technical leaders and managers within Peraton. Our long-standing relationship with Virginia Tech and the success we’ve seen from its graduates was one of the key reasons we opened an office in Blacksburg in 2013. Since that time our co-op and internship programs have employed over 100 students, and we’ve hired numerous Virginia Tech graduates.