DISTINCT Program Fall Co-Op

Job Location US-MA-Cambridge
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(2/28/2018 3:04 PM)
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Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,600 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit www.draper.com.


Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now www.draper.com/careers.



Equal Employment Opportunity

Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.   We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.   


Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact hr@draper.com.




Program Runs July 2018-December 2018


DISTINCT Program Overview:


Introducing the Draper Information Services Training in Computer Technologies (DISTINCT) program. This is a six month training Co-op program with two possible tracks:

  1. Information Security, Infrastructure and Operations
  2. Management Information Systems


The Information Security, Infrastructure and Operations track will focus on the Security Operations Center (SOC), Information Security Operations (InfoSec Ops), and the Information Assurance and Risk Management (IA) departments.

  • Will assist with Identifying risks within enterprise infrastructure and applications; will work with teams and management
  • Conduct research with emerging technologies, best practices and lessons learned from any and all incidents
  • Will assist and draft communications for diverse stakeholders
  • Assist other team members by acting as secondary support role of various security systems; VPN, web filtering, vulnerability scanning software
  • Assist with system troubleshooting, vendor coordination, OS patching and updating
  • Will observe and assist with device configuration management, receiving signature updates, and maintain operational readiness
  • Assist with Security log monitoring as necessary
  • Maintain and update documentation, including standard operating procedures
  • Provide support to other IT groups in resolving issues with the managed technologies


The MIS track will focus on the analysis of MIS Sharepoint (branded as “Collaboratory”), and creation and execution of plan for site enhancement.


Each track will spend time in the IS Project Management Office as well as Client Services to focus on customer service skills, as well as organizational and project management skills.


The DISTINCT program will end with a presentation in front of Senior Executives.





Draper’s Information Services Department is looking for a fast, self-directed learner with an exceptional academic record. Outstanding written and oral communication skills, along with the ability to work as part of a team, are essential. Students majoring in Computer Science, Cyber Security, Management Information Systems, and any other relevant major should apply.


Students selected to work at Draper will be expected to work full-time during professional business hours.  Students will be expected to work with multiple senior members and communicate effectively both orally and in written memos or presentations. The technical responsibilities will vary depending on the project assignment which is tailored to the student skills and the Information Services Department’s needs.



U.S. Citizenship Required.


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