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Intern of the Week: Amina Mahmood for Computer Science!

Check out her internship with Huntress Labs

May 10, 2018 5:45 PM

Name:Amina Mahmood

Internship, Co-op or Research Site: Huntress Labs

Position Title:Junior Malware Analyst

Major(s)/Minor(s):Computer Science

Work Term:Spring 2018

Tell us about your internship, co-op, or research opportunity, including your day-to-day responsibilities.

On a daily-basis, I hunt for malware on different computers. After I find something suspicious, I will do either static or dynamic analysis to figure out the behavior of the malware. Finally, I will write a report on what the malware is and how the customer can remove it.

Describe the process of obtaining your position. When did you hear of the position and submit your application?

During the second week of the Fall 2017 semester, I went to the on-campus jobs career fair. The CEO of Huntress Labs sent me an email, and I followed-up swiftly to schedule an interview. After submitting my resume and going through the interview process, I was offered a job as a Junior Malware Analyst. The Cyber Scholars Program also supported me by encouraging me to pursue the opportunity and preparing for the interview process.

What have you enjoyed the most about your position or organization?

I enjoy the cybersecurity field because there is no "end" to learning. As a malware analyst, I enjoy learning something new every day whether it's related to new malware or analysis techniques.

How do you believe you have made an impact through your work?

I believe that until I can articulate my knowledge to others, I don’t think I have truly learned what I think I know. I like to teach other people about coding and skills in cybersecurity to spread the wisdom. By sharing knowledge to other people, I can help them learn while reinforcing my skills and expertise on a topic.

What advice would you give to another student who is seeking an internship or similar experience?

If you are passionate about seeking an internship, definitely seek out your opportunities by getting help through events like career fairs or going to UMBCWorks.

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