CyberCrime Internship

In 2016, we started an exciting new internship program based on a partnership between the CDT program, the St. Joseph County Prosecutors Office, and St. Joseph County Law Enforcement. This paid internship program is an opportunity for select CDT students to work with the St. Joe County Cyber Crimes Unit to identify, investigate, and prosecute cyber criminals. Interns work along-side cyber-crime investigators and acquire valuable skills and knowledge about forensic analysis, investigative techniques, and various related legal matters.

Each year we expect at least one new opening in this program. We are especially interested in finding candidates who can remain in the program for consecutive years (i.e., sophomores or juniors) so that they can take advantage of the ongoing learning experiences that will more full develop the intern’s cyber investigative skill set.

Interested students should read the below and contact the CDT director to see about the availability of positions. If positions are available, we will need a resume and the statement of interest described in the attachment. Internship positions involve 10-12 hrs. per week spent in the Cyber Crimes unit, now located on campus. 

Other questions about this program should be directed to the people identified below the internship description.

CyberCrime Internship Program Overview

The Cyber Safety and Security Internship is a partnership between Arts & Letters Computing & Digital Technologies (CDT) program, Mendoza Information Technology, Analytics, & Operations (ITAO) and the St. Joseph County Cyber Crimes Unit.  While primarily geared towards CDT and ITAO students, especially those specializing in the CDT Cyber Safety and Security track, the program is open to all Notre Dame students.

As Student Investigators with the St. Joseph County Cyber Crimes Unit, students will be trained to work as investigators on criminal cases in Northern Indiana. In particular, students will extract, process, and analyze information from digital evidence involved in cases, while learning the process of criminal investigations. Additionally, students may work in teams to conduct research on current topics of interest in the tech world. This may include conducting literature searches, formulating research ideas, collecting and analyzing data, and writing portions of papers.  Students may also be exposed to specialized learning experiences related to cyber forensics and digital investigations.

This extensive program is geared towards students looking to enter the field of digital security and analysis post-graduation.  While in the Student Investigator program, students will be assigned to and work out of the St. Joseph County Cyber Crimes Unit, currently housed in Hammes Mowbray Hall.  Work will include, but is not limited to:

  • assisting on criminal case investigation
  • forensically imaging digital evidence
  • conducting digital forensic examinations
  • evidence logging & collection
  • search & seizure
  • preparation of search warrants
  • applying case facts to appropriate state and Federal laws
  • conducting e-discovery for criminal prosecutions
  • court appearances and testimony, if needed
  • conducting research on technology and digital analysis topics
  • extensive writing of warrants, reports, and other papers

The Student Investigator program is structured for the student to participate the entire 2021 – 2022 academic year; however, students who plan on studying abroad are not excluded from this opportunity. Moreover, since this internship involves conducting active police investigations, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor will swear in students so that they will have law enforcement powers during their time in the Student Investigator program.  Of course, this status will be restricted only to those times when the student is working on behalf of the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s office in an official capacity.

Student Investigators will be paid for their participation (10 hours a week) in the program over the course of two semesters during the academic year.  The base hourly rate is $10.00 and may increase based on experience, certification, and promotion to Senior Investigator in the unit.  Students will select their own working schedule based on what is best given their academic schedule and other responsibilities.

Qualifications

Entry-level qualifications for the program include:

  • Must be a United States Citizen (Indiana Code 36-8-3.5-12)
  • Basic knowledge of computer hardware, software, and networking.
  • Basic knowledge of mobile device technologies and operating systems.
  • Basic knowledge of online social networking sites and apps, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Kik, etc.
  • Basic research knowledge.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Strong critical and creative thinking skills.
  • Willingness to sign a confidentiality agreement and maintain a high degree of confidentiality regarding all investigations.
  • Willingness to work with subject matter that may be disturbing.  This may include violent crimes, crimes against children, crimes of a sexual nature, and crimes involving graphic digital images and movies.
  • Willingness to submit to an advanced background check.

Applications

Interested students should email a resume and 1-page statement of interest to:

Prof. Charles R. Crowell, Director
Computing & Digital Technologies Program
ccrowell@nd.edu 

The statement of interest should summarize the student’s qualifications and background and should indicate the reason(s) the student wants to take advantage of this program. 

The deadline for application is generally in the Spring (March) of each yearAny questions regarding the internship program application process may be directed to Prof Crowell (ccrowell@nd.edu).  Questions related to the duties or responsibilities of the intern in the Cyber Crimes Unit should be directed to:

Mitch Kajzer, Director
St. Joseph County Cyber Crimes Unit
mkajzer@stjoepros.org

Selection Process

All applications will be reviewed and final selections will be made by an advisory panel consisting of Notre Dame faculty and personnel with the St. Joseph County Cyber Prosecutor’s Office.  The process will consist of:

  1. Initial review of resume and cover letter
  2. Basic background check
  3. Formal interview
  4. Full background check
  5. Conditional job offer
  6. Interview with the St. Joseph County Prosecutor
  7. Job offer
  8. Swearing-In