NANOG College Immersion (NCI)

Educating + empowering the next generation of networking professionals


One of the most critical facets of NANOG’s mission to advance an open, secure, and robust Internet, is the education and empowerment of the students who will go on to become the next generation of Internet technologists. To this end, NANOG not only offers outreach programs and resources designed for students, but also scholarships, and in-kind support to attend NANOG conferences.


The NANOG College Immersion Program

Through the NCI Program, we provide educators the opportunity to bring their students to one of our tri-annual conferences — including airfare, registration, and room and board.

Participating in the program helps students gain a competitive edge while they’re still in school. At NANOG conferences, they’re able to:

  • Connect and engage with industry innovators.
  • Enjoy direct access to best-in-class content on the latest Internet technologies.
  • Sharpen professional skills such as presentation building and public speaking.
  • Participate in hands-on training and networking with potential employers and business contacts.
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“NANOG 75 was a life-changing experience for me. It changed the way I see networking ... but I also discovered myself.”

— Mercy Onuoha

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NCI Program Brings Howard University to N85

A Howard University professor and his students had the opportunity to attend NANOG 85 (which took place in Montréal, Québec, on 6 - 8 June 2022) through our NANOG College Immersion (NCI) program sponsored by AWS (Amazon Web Services).

Howard University is a private, historically black research university. According to Zippia, Black Americans account for 7% of employment in the US tech industry. We asked them about their experience attending the international conference from the unique perspective of minorities in tech early in their careers. 


A conversation with three NANOG 76 NCI participants

We spoke to three graduate students from Ball State University's Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) about their experience as NCI participants at NANOG 76 in Washington, DC. All three participated in the Hackathon, as well as many of the talks, tutorials, panels, and social events.

"My experience at this conference has been amazing," said Taylor Dillon, graduate student in the CICS. "I’ve met a lot of awesome people from different backgrounds, and it’s been interesting talking to them about where they started and how they’ve gotten to where they are now."

Watch the interview to hear more from Taylor, and her fellow grad students Kayla Adamson and Lionel Somé.