Internship Opportunities at the JECTF

Digital Forensics and Network Intrusion

 

Internships at the JECTF provide an opportunity for UA graduate and undergraduate students to conduct career exploration and build a record of experience in the criminology and criminal justice fields. The internship is divided into two tracks: the digital forensic (DF) track and the network intrusion lab (NIL) track. Both internship tracks are held under the same course number (CC 395 for undergraduate students).

 
The digital forensic (DF) track is particularly beneficial for students who want to explore a career as a digital forensic investigator and/or examiner. Working under the guidance of law enforcement officers, students will learn how digital forensic investigators identify, preserve, and extract digital evidence using different forensic tools and software. Students will also learn the various legal challenges digital forensic examiners face, including admissibility of evidence and right to privacy. This internship is a great opportunity for students to extend their knowledge about the inner workings of a law enforcement task force.
 
The network intrusion lab (NIL) track is particularly beneficial for students interested in matters of cybersecurity, network intrusion, and malware forensics. NIL interns will work closely with cyber criminologists to conduct a number of assignments and studies related to log analysis, honeypot/net construction and implementation, and Tor criminality (among others).
 

Any and all UA undergraduate majors and minors are welcome, and any and all UA graduate students (Masters and Ph.D.) are welcome to apply.
 
All students interested in a DF or NIL track internship must possess the following:

  • Minimum 3.5 overall GPA
  • Be able to pass a background check
  • *Note: for undergraduates, CC 201 is a prerequisite for the DF internship

 
If you meet these requirements, please contact the task force’s Academic Director, Dr. Dolliver, for further instructions on application packet submission
 
Please note
that internship positions each semester are extremely competitive, and selections are made following (1) an application packet review and (2) an in-person interview. Further, please also note that only 3 credit hours of the DF/NIL internship (CC 395) may count towards the Cyber Criminology minor. Credit hours for this internship do not count towards a degree in Criminal Justice.
 

Internship work hour options:

  • 3 credit hours – working approximately 10 hours per week in the lab
  • 6 credit hours – working approximately 20 hours per week in the lab

 

Important dates:

  • The application period for Fall 2018 has ended.
  • Students interested in a Spring 2019 internship should submit an application to Dr. Dolliver at jectf@ua.edu by October 15th, 2018.
  • Students interested in a Summer 2019* internship should submit an application to Dr. Dolliver at jectf@ua.edu by January 15th, 2019.

 
*Please note* scholarships may not cover credit hours in summer semesters; it is the responsibility of the student to check prior to submitting an application for a summer internship.

Drs. Dolliver and Ghazi-Tehrani with JECTF interns, Spring 2017