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Security Specialist Intern

The Organization

As an independent research organization, the Morgridge Institute for Research explores uncharted scientific territory to discover tomorrow’s cures. In affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we support researchers who take a fearless approach to advancing human health in emerging fields such as regenerative biology, metabolism, virology and medical engineering. Through public programming, we work to inspire scientific curiosity in everyday life.

The Opportunity

The Morgridge Institute for Research seeks a proactive and motivated individual looking for hands-on experience in cybersecurity and network protection. The Security Specialist Internship is a unique ground floor opportunity to work with the advanced networking and computing infrastructure for the Discovery Building in support of world-renowned top researchers. The Security Specialist Intern will work with software, systems, and network personnel to ensure the security, availability, and continuous operation of the facility.

Internship Details

The Morgridge Institute for Research is looking to fill this position immediately. The proposed duration for the internship is approximately six months with a potential for extension based on a project review. The internship offers a flexible schedule (15-20 hours/week depending on workload) during normal business hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). The Security Specialist Intern will work closely with the Morgridge Research Security Specialist and under the direction of the Compliance and Risk Manager, while providing assistance with the operational security of the Discovery Building.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Perform periodic internal security audits and assist the Morgridge Security Specialist with monitoring tasks, documentation, reviewing security systems, and looking for anomalies that may compromise Morgridge security.
  • Provide assistance to ensure systems are configured as securely as possible without compromising usability and are current with the latest software releases and security patches
  • Work with networking personnel to implement and manage network-based security tools, including firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and routing and access policies
  • Monitor infrastructure efforts periodically and provide assessment reports to management on status and recommendations for security improvements
  • Provide documentation of all security systems and processes
  • Assist with maintaining records, logs and reports of security audits and issues


Ideal candidates will have an academic background in computer science, information technology, or related field. Experience or training related to cybersecurity or network/risk management is preferred.

Candidates will need to possess strong attention to detail and organization, effective communication skills, the ability to maintain confidentiality, and the ability to handle multiple assignments at one time while working independently and effectively under deadlines.

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