The  University of New Mexico's National Security Studies and Critical Technology Study Programs host its annual Career Workshop and Summer Research Poster Session on Tuesday, Aug. 27 in the SUB. The workshop features presentations by Sandia National Labs, Los Alamos National Labs and the CIA to show many different career paths in national security and intelligence fields.

Additionally, Congresswoman Deb Haaland highlights the workshop with a Q&A in the UNM SUB Atrium at 6 p.m.

This event is the culmination of summer research efforts of over 40 students and features a poster session presenting their research in national security and critical technologies. Congresswoman Haaland is expected to view the posters and talk with the student presenters prior to her talk.

The National Security Studies Program and Critical Technology Study Program, are designed for students in any major at any level, especially students in the STEM, business and social sciences fields. These programs are part of the Global and National Security Policy Institute at UNM.

Professor Frank Gilfeather, director of UNM’s National Security and Critical Technology Programs, says, “This UNM federally funded program is one of a dozen across the country with the goal of enhancing diversity in the national security workforce by encouraging talented students and helping them become highly competitive for challenging positions in national security.

“UNM, as part of these programs, leads a consortium of seven northern New Mexico institutions thus providing a student population which is representative of the rich diversity in New Mexico.”

Workshops include:

Los Alamos National Labs (LANL), Sandia National Labs (SNL) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) will host three different workshop sessions covering internships, tech and work opportunities and applying tips. LANL and SNL’s begin at 1 p.m. and 1:45 p.m., which focus on tech and work opportunities. At 2:30 p.m., the LANL and SNL workshops will focus on internships and applying tips. LANL’s will be held in the Isleta Room, while SNL’s workshops will be held in the Fiesta Room. Both rooms are located on the third floor of the SUB.

At 1 p.m., the CIA will feature a workshop on Internships and Applying Tips, and also a workshop on tech and work opportunities at 1:45 and 2:30 p.m. All three CIA workshops will be in the Luminaria room, also located on the third floor of the SUB. Students will be able to rotate to the different sessions depending on their interests. At 3:15 p.m., there will be a joint career preparation, that includes planning and advice, in Fiesta A & B. 

A poster session begins at 4:30 p.m. in the SUB Atrium with more than 40 posters of summer research by New Mexico students in the National Security and Critical Technology Study Programs.

The workshop concludes at 6 p.m. with Congresswoman Haaland’s Q & A in the UNM SUB Atrium.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on all of UNM security studies programs including GNSPI, NSSP and CTSP, visit  National Security Studies Programs.