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Name: Akshat Shah
Major: PM - Cybersecurity
Employer: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions
Location: Frisco, TX
How did you find the internship/co-op? What was the interview process like? I came across this opportunity at Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions on LinkedIn. Within just a few weeks of submitting my application, I received my first round interview. My HR representative was always helpful and humble. The director of cybersecurity conducted my interview, and I felt incredibly welcomed and motivated about the prospect of joining this company. Throughout the interview, they were confident about my profile, and it was evident how deeply they were committed to furthering the mission of Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions.
What have been the most interesting aspects of your internship? While working as a Cybersecurity Engineer Intern, I didn't just focus on Penetration Testing; my responsibilities also included tasks like Static Application Security Testing (SAST), Software Composition Analysis (SCA), and different Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST) assessments. Besides work, interns got to enjoy fun activities such as CEO-led seminars, entertaining quiz sessions, casual chats with colleagues over lunch, and various other events.
What campus activities or courses do you think helped you, or would have helped you, with this internship? Among the courses that significantly contributed to my success in securing this position, a few stand out: Security Tools, Network Security, and Cloud Security. These courses, with their comprehensive content and assignments, equipped me with the knowledge and skills I needed to confidently address interview questions and quickly find solutions during my internship.
Was there a formal program for all interns at the company? Was peer support available throughout the internship? On my first day of onboarding at Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions, we underwent a comprehensive orientation program. This orientation provided valuable insights into the core principles of the company, its mission, and the impact it has had on people's lives. We also participated in Intern Bootcamps, which ensured that all interns were well-prepared to use the essential tools required for our roles. This thorough onboarding experience set a strong foundation for my summer and allowed me to witness remarkable growth and expansion within the company.
What advice would you give other UMD engineering students seeking an internship or co-op position? My advice to fellow students is simple: "Don't lose hope." Apply to all the job platforms out there, expand your connections, start networking, and start practicing interview questions right from the beginning of your job search journey.