As my time in academia shortens, day after day, I am trying to get a head start by getting certifications and really focusing my attention to security and the technologies around it. Besides this, I understand experience is important. I know how hard it is to break into security so I am going "active" in finding an internship.
I was searching on Dice, Monster, Careerbuilder, etc. and I see a lot of posts for security professionals. Now it ranges from Management, to analyst, to engineer. Any of these are ok with me, as long as I get my foot in the door. I want to know if you think it's ok that I contact the Hiring Manager about an internship. None of these job advertisements are directed towards an internship, but a lot of them read, "As a Sr. Security Engineer/Analyst/etc., You will join our security team and help secure...". "Security Team". Is it ok that I contact the Hiring Manager and say, "Hey, I read your ad and I am inquiring about a position as an intern or volunteer to your security team." list my credentials, etc.
Is this proper? Will Hiring Managers react negatively? "Oh I don't have time for this kid, what does he think he's doing, I need a Sr. Analyst now!" Mind you that somewhere in my inquiry I would be saying I'll intern for free or similar non-hassle job title.
Then my next question is, how do I go about doing it? Phone? E-Mail? Is it ok to call and ask if they are willing to take on an intern and then send my resume/cover/etc?
If any of you have hired security professionals/interns before or any of you have just gone through what I have to get into the field they love, share with me some of your insight.
Thanks a lot for reading again, and sorry for the long posts.
eLearnSecurity Team Member.