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CS|Source Stakeholder Spotlight: Mitre

A student shares about her experience at Mitre. "I was interested in working in health, user experience design, and data visualization. MITRE put me on a project that combined all those things." --Shreya C.
A student shares about her experience at Mitre. "I was interested in working in health, user experience design, and data visualization. MITRE put me on a project that combined all those things." --Shreya C.

Q:  It is clear you truly value the touchpoints with Virginia Tech students, evidenced by your involvement with the CS|Source career fair and information sessions. What attracted you to partner with the Department of Computer Science?

While the skills and capabilities of MITRE interns and new grads is broadening, computer science expertise has always been in demand. At least 40 percent of our intern and new graduate hires over the last few years have had computer science or software engineering backgrounds.

Q:  What excites you the most about working with Virginia Tech graduates? Which skillsets are you seeking to propel your mission of solving problems for a safer world?

Virginia Tech’s motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) is very aligned with MITRE’s mission.  In addition to looking for students that have sustained excellence in their academic engagements, we look for students that can demonstrate speed, risk-taking, adaptability and collaboration.  We also want students to display core values of grace and respect. These are the attributes of MITRE staff that we feel will allow us to respond and quickly tackle our national challenges.

Q: Can you please provide examples of what kind of job roles and areas of specialty you are seeking in Virginia Tech graduates? 

Computer Science students will leverage and grow your hands-on skills with software design and development, engaging in the full software engineering lifecycle using modern technologies. You will gain experience with one or more of the following:

  • Cyber Security
  • Data Analysis & Visualization
  • DevSecOps
  • Cloud Engineering
  • Mobile Computing
  • Full-Stack Development
  • Embedded Systems and Internet of Things
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Model-Based Engineering
  • Virtual Reality

Q: With a global team of 8,200+ employees and 60+ locations, can you share opportunities for mobility and opportunities to work on different teams in different countries?

In the wake of the pandemic, MITRE is creating the workplace of the future – a strategy that has resulted in the formation of six Innovation Hubs to supplement our over 60 work sites, as well as our office spaces being reconfigured to accommodate a hybrid model of in-person and remote work. We have evolved to an environment where individuals and teams can come in, as needed, to create and innovate.

Q: Can you share how you support a culture of inclusion and diversity? 

Led by Stephanie Turner, our newly hired Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity and Social Innovation, MITRE is committed to increasing the diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace. The Inclusion and Diversity team works closely with our 16 Inclusion and Diversity Councils to implement programs and activities that help with awareness, social and professional networking, civic engagement, training and professional development, as well as recruitment and outreach. 

Q: For students that are interested in MITRE, what should they do next? 

Keep updating your skills. Volunteer. Join clubs. Look for opportunities to apply your learning outside of the classroom. Then find out when we’re on campus. Network with MITRE alumni that you may know. Apply to our jobs. Our new internship positions will be posted in early fall.

At MITRE, we solve problems for a safer world. Through our federally funded R&D centers and public-private partnerships, we work across government to tackle challenges to the safety, stability, and well-being of our nation.
As a not-for-profit organization, MITRE works in the public interest across federal, state and local governments, as well as industry and academia.
We bring innovative ideas into existence in areas as varied as artificial intelligence, intuitive data science, quantum information science, health informatics, space security, policy and economic expertise, trustworthy autonomy, cyber threat sharing, and cyber resilience.