NANOG College Immersion Program

Tom Sands tsands at
Fri Sep 26 21:21:52 UTC 2014

Agreed, this is a great idea and opportunity (and it's finally in San Antonio)  ;)

From: NANOG [nanog-bounces at] on behalf of Lee Howard [Lee at]
Sent: Friday, September 26, 2014 2:52 PM
To: Dave Temkin; nanog-announce at; North American Network Operators' Group
Subject: Re: NANOG College Immersion Program

I am delighted to see this, and I hope other conferences will do likewise.


On 9/26/14 10:24 AM, "Dave Temkin" <dave at> wrote:

>I'm excited to announce that for NANOG 63 in San Antonio that we will
>the NANOG College Immersion Program. This program aims to provide the next
>generation of Network Operators with an edge in today's highly competitive
>market and allows us a conduit of highly capable operators, engineers, and
>Please see below for the full program description.
>-Dave Temkin, for the NANOG Board of Directors
>NANOG College Immersion Program
>NANOG is committed to ensuring next generation of networking professionals
>have an opportunity become part of the operational community that makes
>internet run. Companies such as Google, Level 3, Microsoft, NTT, Netflix,
>Yahoo, and Amazon rely on NANOG to discuss key architectural and
>operational topics relevant to Internet infrastructure. NANOG believes by
>introducing undergraduates to our vibrant community before entering the
>marketplace, they will have a better understanding of how the
>infrastructure of the Internet works and how they might participate after
>graduation. Further, students may be able to find internship opportunities
>they may have not otherwise found.
>NANOG will provide an expenses-paid trip to the current meeting for up to
>25 students per meeting. The paid expenses will include:
>   -
>   Airfare (up to $500)
>   -
>   Four nights of hotel (must be booked by NANOG staff)
>   -
>   Ground transportation (reasonable cost)
>   -
>   Meal stipend (adjusted for meeting location)
>NANOG will also, space permitting, allow free admission for students to
>NANOG Education Series (
>class prior to the meeting they are attending.
>NANOG will provide guidance to students as to what they may and may not
>attend. Of note, alcohol is served at some NANOG events and there is the
>expectation that those not legally entitled to consume alcohol will
>from doing so. NANOG takes no responsibility for those that break the law
>during their meetings and reserves the right to refuse admission to those
>that violate our Attendance Charter.
>NANOG will not be involved in any syllabus or coursework for the students.
>The NANOG organization will provide an agenda and slideware for the
>materials that the students will be viewing and expects their professor to
>determine the best way their students can extract educational value from
>the NANOG program. NANOG asks, in return, that all students complete our
>surveys in full and that their teaching staff provide us with a summary of
>how they used our program in the classroom and/or in coursework. A few
>paragraphs from each student explaining the value that they got from the
>program and social interactions would also be a good idea.
>Q: What is NANOG and what is the value proposition for sending a student
>this conference?
>A: The North American Network Operators Group or NANOG, is the
>association for Internet engineering and architecture. Our core focus is
>the technologies and systems that make the Internet function: core routing
>and switching; Internet inter-domain routing; the domain name system;
>peering and interconnection; and Internet core security. We also cover
>associated areas with a direct impact on Internet architecture such as
>centers and optical networking.  The value proposition for the student is
>exposure to all of these subjects and technical material but more
>importantly to the organizations and individuals.  The opportunity for
>students to make industry contacts is invaluable.
>Q: How do we select students for this sponsorship?
>A: Send your best and brightest, highlight that the value is the density
>industry representatives in a common location.
>Q: What do the students owe back to NANOG?
>A: In addition to the anonymous surveys that all attendees are asked to
>complete, the NANOG Board would request that all sponsorship recipients
>provide feedback on their experiences.  Lastly, we would like to encourage
>the students join the mailing list (nanog at, attend more
>conferences and get involved in the industry.
>Q: How do we evaluate our students participation?
>A: Students could provide a variety of deliverables back to the
>institution.  These could include a writeup of selected presentations from
>the agenda, an overview of the conference as a whole, or even a list of
>individuals they met during the conference.
>Q: What will be covered in the sponsorship?
>A: Hotel, conference fee, airfare, and a reasonable stipend for
>such as meals.
>Q: Why are you sponsoring our students for this conference?
>A: The NANOG organization is keen to encourage the future technology
>leaders and innovators to get interested and involved in this segment of
>the industry.

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