About FIU

Florida International University is classified by Carnegie as a R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity and recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers 196 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, computer science, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes almost $9 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded more than 220,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU’s Medina Aquarius Program houses the Aquarius Reef Base, a unique underwater research facility in the Florida Keys. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.


Job Summary

The Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment (CIARA) at Florida International University’s Modesto Maidique Campus is recruiting undergraduate and graduate computer science and/or engineering students to participate in National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored projects. Students will get exposure to novel networking technologies, and network automation development concepts and techniques, state-of-art technology, and experience supporting projects that benefit research institutions.

Duties to include:

  • Assists the IT Associate Director and CIARA’s Network engineering team in the fields of network development
  • Configuring, testing, deploying, troubleshooting computer network equipment
  • Monitoring and measuring network performance
  • Assist in development and testing of scripts for automation of network devices configurations
  • Maintains research project findings and reports
  • Assists with troubleshooting system issues
  • Assists the team to fulfill the goals and objectives of research projects

Requires prior completion of FIU Service Excellence training or completion within the first 30 days.


Work Schedule

M-F, 9am – 5pm (Up to 20 hours/week)

Work schedules can be tailored to the student’s curriculum and class requirements.


Advertised Salary

(Graduate /Research Assistantship option may be available)


Pre-Employment Requirements

Criminal Background Check

This student appointment may be subjected to a pre-employment background check.


Desired Qualifications

  • Current FIU students in a computer science, engineering, or networking related curriculum.
  • FIU students majoring in CS/IT or students with a minor in CS/IT.
  • Knowledge of Network protocols (e.g., OSPF, BGP)
  • Knowledge of support in the troubleshooting activities of network infrastructure
  • Knowledge of Linux OS and shell scripting
  • Knowledge of network security
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Team player
  • Ability to travel with network engineers to data centers in downtown Miami and Boca Raton
  • Ability to solve problems independently
  • Good organizational and time-management skills


Job Category

Student Apprentice Expert

Student Disclosure

Applicants must be currently enrolled as a student at FIU with a minimum of six (6) credits as an Undergraduate student or three (3) credits as a Graduate student during the Fall and Spring semesters.

During the Summer semesters, Students need only remain enrolled and are not required to take credit hours but cannot have graduated.

Upon graduating, student employment must end.


Student Background Checks

Background check and fingerprinting are required if the job includes any of the following:

 Duties:    Yes or No
 Working directly with and/or residing with minors and/or vulnerable persons. No
 Handling/managing cash, checks, cash transactions, gift cards, debit/credit cards, and/or cash equivalent. No
 Information technology (IT) related functions. Yes
 Driving on behalf of the university (MVR Check only). No
 Those working in the Athletics Department who travel with students to events. No
 Working within museums.         No
 Those working in the Office of Financial Aid, One Stop, or Office of the Registrar (Title IV access).         No
 Special trust, responsibility, and sensitive location         No


How To Apply

Please send your resume to vchergar@fiu.edu with the subject GA/RA application.


Clery Notice

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, the University Police department at Florida International University provides information on crimes statistics, crime prevention, law enforcement, crime reporting, and other related issues for the past three (3) calendar years. The FIU Annual Security report is available online at: https://police.fiu.edu/download/annual-security-fire-safety-report/.

To obtain a paper copy of the report, please visit the FIU Police Department located at 885 SW 109th Avenue, Miami, FL, 33199 (PG5 Market Station).

Pay Transparency

Florida International University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.  However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of  their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.