The Technology and Innovation Student Association is a student led organization at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.  TISA's mission: To expand opportunities for students within the information and communication technology for development (ICT4D) space. Technology and Innovation Student Association students are continuously connecting with practitioners and contributing to innovative projects around the globe.  Our students offer a variety of graduate-level research, design, and analysis skills for freelance consulting opportunities. To learn more about the Technology and Innovation Student Association, its students and activities, follow TISA on Facebook. Interested in collaborating? Please email TISA at  


The SIPA Digital and Cyber Group (DCG) was founded in 2016 to provide a central platform for students that connects them to the wider cyber community through events, competitions, and online resources. DCG’s mission is to make SIPA the leader in digital and cyber policy education by integrating those subjects into the curriculum and highlighting the intersection between digital and cyber issues and the other salient subjects of our time. Programming includes a curated series of events, including New York’s Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge, which seek to connect students to the wider Columbia and professional community.


Cyber 9/12

Each Fall semester, Columbia University hosts a regional cyber policy competition known as the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge.  Started by Atlantic Council, Cyber 9/12 is a one-of-a-kind competition designed to provide students across academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber crisis and conflict. The competition gives students a unique opportunity to interact with expert mentors and high-level cyber professionals while developing valuable skills in policy analysis and presentation. The students have to tackle challenges like assessing the impact of a major cyber attack, thinking through attribution and national responsibility, and response options for the President and private sector.

Teams must be made up of four students representing one University, but can come from multiple schools or departments within that university. Each team should have a mentor from the faculty or a relevant doctoral program.


There is a well-recognized talent gap in the world of cybersecurity and technology, with positions opening up across the fields of business cyber risk, threat intelligence and policy roles in government and the private sector. We have created a cyber jobs brochure designed to convey the skills that a SIPA student can learn, the subjects and issues they can experience and the organizations and application process they might consider to give them the best set of options. 

SIPA Cyber Jobs Brochure