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2024 VA Cyber Navigator Internship Bootcamp

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The Cyber Innovation & Society Initiative and the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative are excited to host our "boot camp"  for the Summer 2024 Virginia Cyber Navigator Interns. The boot camp provides preparation for the interns before they begin working with local election registrars in Virginia. The boot camp will be May 23 - 24, 2024 in Charlottesville, Virginia. This initiative is funded by National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Program within the National Security Agency. The program promotes academic excellence for institutions that are equipping the cybersecurity workforce to protect critical infrastructure

STUDENT INTERNS: Visit this page for "need to know before you come" items.
Charlottesville Free Trolley Schedule: (an easy way to get around the area), also available in a PDF.


HOTEL SUGGESTIONS: Visiting faculty, elections officials, and other non-student visitors can reference this page for a list of hotels close to UVA. 

The following agenda is a work in progress, check back for updates. 

Day 0 - Wednesday, May 22, 2024

  • Students will arrive and can check into Gibbons Dorm between 15:00 – 17:45. (Check out will be Friday, May 24, 2024, see below)

Day 1 - Thursday, May 23, 2024

Daytime location: UVA Rotunda, Dome Room (non-meal events), Lower West Oval Room & Multi-purpose room (for breakfast & lunch).  Reception & Dinner Location: The Quirk Hotel, 499 W. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902




08:00 – 08:45

Light Breakfast & Check-in - Rotunda Lower West Oval Room and Multi-Purpose Room

08:45 – 09:15

Welcomes - Rotunda Dome Room

Jack Davidson, Professor of Computer Science, University of Virginia

Jennifer West, Dean, University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, Nancy and Neal Wade Professor of Engineering and Applied Science

Susan Beals, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Elections (video link)

Surprise Video Appearance and Welcome, Senator Mark Warner

09:15 – 09:45

Session 1: Virginia Cyber Navigator Coalition Schools (video link)

Bob Dahlberg, Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Angela Orebaugh, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia

Massimilano Albanese, Associate Professor, George Mason University

Mary Ann Hoppa, Associate Professor, Norfolk State University

Chunsheng Xin, Professor, Old Dominion University

Justin Monday, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech

09:45 – 10:30

Session 2: Virginia Cyber Navigator Internship Program -- The First Two Years (video link)

Jack Davidson, Professor of Computer Science, University of Virginia

10:30 – 10:50


10:50 – 11:40

Session 3: Mentoring Interns (video link)

Renee Wentworth, Chesterfield County, Virginia 

Session 4: Local Government Organization and Processes (video link)

Halle Cullison, General Registrar and Director of Elections, Richmond County, Virginia

11:40 – 12:10

Session 5: Election Integrity and Virginia's Economy (video link

Delegate Hillary Pugh Kent, Virginia House of Delegates, 67th District (Counties of Caroline (part), King George, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland)

12:10 – 12:30

National Center of Academic Excellence (NCAE) Program (video link

Michelle Isenhart, Centers of Academic Excellence Program Management Office (CAE PMO), National Security Agency

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch - Rotunda Lower West Oval Room and Multi-Purpose Room

13:30 – 14:30

Session 6: AI Election Security (video link)

David Levine, Senior Elections Integrity Fellow, Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD) and Adjunct Professor, George Mason University

14:30 – 15:30

Session 7: Team Building Exercise with Interns and Localities

Cybersecurity Capture the Flag (CTF) exercise provided by MetaCTF

15:30 – 15:50


15:50 – 16:50

Session 8: Election Protection (video link)

Carah Ong Whaley, Director of Election Protection, Issue One

17:15 –

Reception and Dinner - The Quirk Hotel, 499 W. Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

17:15 – 18:15 Reception with Light Hors D'oeuvres 18:30 – 20:00 Seated Dinner 

Day 1 morning session recording link | Day 1 afternoon session recording link

Day 2 - Friday, May 24, 2023

Location: UVA Rice Hall (Room 130 and Davis Commons) - 85 Engineer's Way, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Students: Return dorm key cards to Rice Hall during the daytime activities, or to the UVA Conference Services Desk by 4:45 PM (Conference Services is adjacent to Gibbons.)

Time Activity
08:15 – 09:00  Light Breakfast
09:00– 09:10

Welcome Back

Jack Davidson, Professor of Computer Science, University of Virginia

09:10 – 10:10

Voter Access, Cybersecurity and Election Official Safety

Commissioner Thomas Hicks, U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC)

10:10 – 10:45

Budgeting for Your Internship

Karen Hoyt-Stewart, Election Security, Hoyt-Stewart Consulting, LLC

10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:15

Team Building Activity – Escape Room

Angela Orebaugh,  Department of Computer Science

12:15 – 13:15 

Lunch, Davis Commons

13:15 – 14:15

Professional Behavior and Expectations

Julia Lapan, Director of Career Development and International Programs, School of Engineering and Applied Science

14:15 – 15:15

FOIA and Confidentiality Training

Terri Detrani, FOIA Officer, Virginia Department of Elections

15:15 – 15:45

Wrap-up and Group Photo



Safe Travels to All


Group Photo