Audrey LoVan: Department of Homeland Security


Written by: Miranda Schultz, Career Coach

What was she up to?

Audrey LoVan ’18 spent her summer interning for the Department of Homeland Security as a DHS-HS Summer Intern at the Argonne National Laboratory located just outside of Chicago, Illinois. Argonne National Laboratory is a non-profit science and engineering research laboratory operated by UChicago Argonne LLC for the United States Department of Energy. Here, Audrey worked in the Cyber Operations, Analysis, and Research division, researching new cybersecurity techniques and applications.


How did she find out about her internship?

Audrey found out about her internship through one of her computer science professors, Lydia Sinapova, here at Simpson College.


What strengths did Audrey show in her internship?

Audrey says that she was able to demonstrate time management and quick learning skills. “To be sure that my team got what we needed to accomplish and stay ahead of the game, we had to be sure we were hitting deadlines and staying on track to complete our research” she comments  about dealing with time management. With that, Audrey had never previously worked with cybersecurity. However, “through some personal research and learning, [she] was able to gain the basics of cybersecurity… [while helping her] team with [their] research.”


Why does Audrey feel it is important for students to intern?

Audrey commented, “This internship was an important opportunity and an excellent work experience. I got to experience what it was like to work in an office and in my field, giving me a better understanding of what to expect when I graduate and enter the work force.”


What is on the horizon for her?

Audrey hopes to broaden her work experience before she graduates. Audrey says that she “may try something else to get a broader perspective of [her] field.” Enjoy your junior year, Audrey; a bright future awaits you!