Training and Experiential Learning

The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity provides an experiential learning component to all students. Through authentic simulations, work with real-world clients, and research in contemporary and highly relevant topics, students will further their classroom learning in an applied environment. The college partners with various offices, agencies and centers that help to provide research and training opportunities for students, academics, and professionals.


As part of the EHC major, 100 hours of training will be required for graduation. CEHC will organize a number of trainings each semester and there is also list of pre-approved trainings that students can pursue on their own. These trainings have been carefully selected to provide important skills and knowledge, help you to apply the concepts you are learning in your classes, and to build your professional portfolio before entering the workforce. Additional trainings will be announced as they become available, and trainings can be approved on a case by case basis by the Director of Student Services.


The major in EHC requires students to obtain an internship related to the fields. Informatics majors are required to complete 9 credits of experiential coursework, which can include an internship. The internship component fulfills the mission of the college by offering students an experiential learning opportunity by furthering their classroom learning in an applied environment.

Graduate students enrolled in the MSIS and MSIS School Library programs are required to successfully complete IST 668. Students must complete 24 credit hours before they can register for the internship course.

All students are required to obtain approval for their internship as part of the advisement process.


CEHC 393 - Simulation: Building Security and Preparedness is an intensive four week course that provides the student with an opportunity to blend “practice” with “theory” through a mix of high-end simulations and other blended learning activities. This iteration of the course will provide an opportunity for students to learn about how terrorists tend to plan for and then carry out attacks.

The course includes on-line preliminary activity during the first two weeks that will help form the foundation for the in-person simulations that will follow. Week 3 will begin the in classroom discussion  in Albany. The forth week will allow students to finish up the on-line discussions and individual projects.

Each semester provides a different type of simulation, and course content will vary depending on the semester. Students must have Junior or Senior standing, and requires permission of instructor. A 3.25 GPA is preferred.

Training Forms

Undergraduate Training

Graduate Internship