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TDS Telecom markets communication services to business and residential customers across the U.S.  TDS Telecom provides 1.1 million connections to high-speed Internet, phone, and TV entertainment service to customers in more than a hundred rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities.  TDS Telecom is the seventh-largest local exchange telephone company in the nation; employing approximately 3,300 people.  The company is headquartered in Madison, Wis.



About the Internship Opportunity:

The Security Intern is responsible for assisting with the continuing development, implementation, support, facilitation and communication of the Information Security Policy within all areas of the business with a keen focus on security operations including network perimeter defense and systems security. Assist with support of existing security controls to ensure stability, uptime and effective control operation. Role performs on-going monitoring of networks and network elements, both internal and customer-facing, to ensure compliance with policy and standards.


IT Security Program Development/Integration

  • Assist in research and testing of new technologies from a security perspective as required and as driven by the business or regulatory needs.

Security Administration

  • Implement firewall and VPN policies. Deploy firewalls and VPNs using recommended implementation designs.
  • Assist in the deployment and operation of security controls including, but not limited to: intrusion detection, content filtering, configuration management and vulnerability management controls.
  • Assist in the development of security applications and processes to improve operational efficiency.

Security Monitoring

  • Monitor systems and devices for compliance with security and regulatory requirements, evaluate activity logs and document actions taken to investigate and resolve any identified issues.


Required Qualifications

  • One of the following educational or work experience requirements:
    • Student with 3+ semesters of coursework in pursuit of a computer science or computer security –related degree
    • 1+ years of relevant work experience
    • 2+ summers of full-time relevant work experience


Other Qualifications

  • Rudimentary familiarity with basic security principles.
  • Knowledge of HTML and Wiki markup formatting languages.
  • Basic knowledge of one or more programming languages in the use of simple scripting or application development including: Python, Perl, Ruby, C, PHP or Java.
  • Rudimentary familiarity with the security concepts for log analysis, monitoring and system and network auditing.
  • Rudimentary familiarity with network hardware including routers, switches, hubs and wireless access points.
  • Rudimentary familiarity with network technologies and IP protocols (e.g., TCP, UDP, ICMP, etc.). Rudimentary familiarity with the OSI 7 Layer network model.
  • Rudimentary familiarity with IPv4 protocol fundamentals including layer 2 resolution, addressing and subnetting.
  • Rudimentary familiarity with how Internet networking protocols work (e.g., DNS, SMTP, FTP, HTTP, etc.).
  • Excellent workplace skills including time management, interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic desiring to benefit TDS Telecom and the candidate's personal career during their internship


Why Join TDS?
Are you are resourceful collaborator who takes initiative, and has a passion to learn?  Are you ready to join a high-energy team focused on driving our organization to the next level?  Do enjoy working on multiple projects simultaneously and interacting with people at all levels?  Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment?  If you have the determination and desire to grow your career, consider joining our Information Technology Team!  In doing so, you will: 

  • Gain hands-on experience working on multiple, high-impact projects
  • Access to a wide variety of software programs
  • Competitive compensation
  • Flexible scheduling: full-time during the summer, or part-time if you prefer, with reduced work hours during the academic year
  • Free covered parking at our west-side location at 525 Junction Road, and easy access to bus lines #15, 73 and 74.

What Sets TDS Apart From the Competition? 
TDS has a laser focus on our customers that is supported by a great culture driven by the TDS mission and shared values.  TDS strongly believes in partnering with local communities throughout the country and encourages all employees to participate in volunteer opportunities.

Here are some of the things we do in Madison:

  • Collect and distribute food and toys for local charities at the holidays
  • Provide many hours of bell ringing for the Salvation Army
  • Donate hundreds of pints of blood through bi-monthly blood drives
  • Provide numerous employee volunteers to Meals on Wheels
  • Conduct multiple fund raisers for a wide variety of organizations such as: National MS Society (WI Chapter), American Cancer Society and the Madison Literacy Council