AU’s Jaden Soller Earns VIVID Internship


Anderson, Ind. — Jaden Soller, a cybersecurity and national security double major with a history minor at Anderson University, was recently selected for the VIVID internship through the Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Community. 

The Virtual Internship and Varied Innovative Demonstrations (VIVID) Coalition comprised of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Augusta University, University of Arizona, and Florida International University hopes the internships will help students translate academic learning to cybersecurity practice and competency in a work role or job, as well as the opportunity to earn as they learn.

“This internship is a fantastic opportunity for Jaden to continue taking the skills and knowledge that she has gained in the classroom and translate those into professional competencies and experience,” said Dr. Matthew Preston, chair of the department of computer science. “Jaden has a heart for public service, and securing this internship provides her with yet another opportunity to demonstrate what she offers in spaces where the demands and needs from both technical solutions and policy concerns are operative.”

Students from CAE schools apply to work with a regional host school (for AU that is the University of Alabama-Huntsville) that is closely connected with a Department of Defense agency or military base. For two months, Soller will be working with a cohort of interns from across the U.S. on particular assignments.

“Jaden shows commitment, hard work, and leadership both within and outside the classroom, and now she has the opportunity to learn and grow alongside students from other CAE schools while working on problems that aren’t simply used for in-class instruction, but rather deemed important by the government,” said Preston. 

In addition to her academic work at AU, Soller also works in the Center for Security Studies and Cyber Defense.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.