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ReliaQuest Launches High School Internship Program with Academy of the Holy Names

ReliaQuest Launches High School Internship Program with Academy of the Holy Names

Story by Kim Wilmath Hill ’05, ReliaQuest Chief of Staff and Head of Corporate Communications

For two weeks during their summer vacation, over 30 young women from Academy of the Holy Names participated in an internship program at ReliaQuest, where they learned everything from how to spot a phishing attack to how to tailor a sales pitch to a C-suite executive.

The ReliaQuest program complements the school’s focus on STEM education, providing internship hours for a special STEM designation on the students’ diplomas.

The first-of-its-kind program gave the students a glimpse into every area of the global cybersecurity company, helping them hone their career ambitions and providing networking and mentorship opportunities with ReliaQuest teammates.

At the end of the two-week session, the students practiced their public speaking skills by presenting to ReliaQuest executives about what they’d learned.

“My time at ReliaQuest was a great opportunity for me to learn about the ins and outs of cybersecurity,” said Natalie Marks, a senior at Academy. “It’s not just a company, it’s also a community. I learned so much about the importance of mindset, how to take every opportunity I can, and how doing the simple things right can be a big advantage.”

The program aligns with ReliaQuest’s mission to Make Security Possible. In addition to providing industry-leading technology through its GreyMatter security operations platform, engaging in meaningful youth education programs allows ReliaQuest to support the cybersecurity talent pipeline for years to come.

“Cybersecurity is the greatest technical challenge of our generation, which means there is a lot of opportunity for driven individuals to make an impact,” said ReliaQuest CEO Brian Murphy. “We love partnering with organizations who share this mindset. It’s been fun for our teams to interact with the students from the Academy, who have asked great questions and given us a lot of perspective as well.”

The Future of Our Internship Program

The Academy is dedicated to providing 10th to 12th grade students with invaluable real-world experiences. One of the standout initiatives is the integration of independent capstone research, complemented by internship opportunities, where students can be exposed to authentic workplace settings in the vibrant Tampa Bay business community. 
 
The Academy works with community partners interested in helping to grow our program by hosting students for placements in medical, engineering, and business internships. These ambitious young women work toward receiving a STEM diploma designation upon graduation, separating them from their peers by highlighting their commitment to academic excellence, curiosity, and professionalism. 

If you would like to become a community partner to host future shadows or interns, please contact Mr. Eric Price, engineering teacher and internship coordinator, at eprice@holynamestpa.org.