The Center for Security, Innovation, and New Technology (CSINT) at American University is seeking two unpaid graduate student interns for the Summer 2022 who will work to assist with and contribute to the work of the Center. CSINT is an inter-disciplinary research hub that addresses both traditional and non-traditional security questions, placing particular emphasis on the risks and opportunities of emerging technologies. The types of questions we grapple with include: Can we govern digital technologies in ways that are both free and in the public interest? How important is the global competition to develop quantum computing? What will happen when 3-D printing enables individuals to make virtually anything, anywhere? Should we use synthetic biological tools to edit the human genome? What types of changes will the fast-growing use of robotics bringing for tomorrow’s workers? Are offensive cyber-weapons stabilizing or destabilizing for international security? What effects are wide-ranging artificial intelligence and machine learning methods having? What kinds of ethical dilemmas are involved in allowing machines to make decisions in warfare? Is full artificial intelligence a good idea? Our goal is to help frame answers to these and other cutting-edge questions, assessing their implications for the future of security. We also examine more traditional security questions such as the future of nuclear weapons, today’s shifting global alliances and great power competitions, ongoing challenges in countering terrorism, and the changing character of war now and into the future. To learn more about our research, please check out our website.
The CSINT summer internship is designed to provide professional and research experience for graduate students with an interest in a variety of research topics, including:
- Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence
- The Ethics of New Technologies
- Synthetic Biology
- Extremism, Social Media, and the Future of Democracy
- Digitally-mediated Misinformation, Disinformation, and Malinformation
- Changing Technologies and the Future of Work
- Drones (UAVs, RPVs) and other Robotics
- The Future of Nuclear Weapons
- The History of Technology
The CSINT internship will be predominantly remote in nature, with the opportunity for occasional in-person engagement. Our Center faculty and staff have established an open, supportive, and collaborative virtual setting which provides students with the flexibility and foundation for remote work.
Our internship program provides a learning opportunity for graduate students to develop professional skills that will enable them to enter or better navigate the workplace. Interns will have the opportunity to advance their research and writing skills, publish articles on the CSINT website, support research projects, do data entry, work on events, help with social media accounts, and be virtually involved in the production of videos or presentations.
We are looking for students with a wide variety of skills and backgrounds including strong researchers, journalists, graphic artists, web developers, communications professionals, and data scientists. The ideal candidates will possess leadership qualities, be dependable team players, be able to work with minimal supervision, and show initiative with their ideas and work.
Graduate students currently enrolled at American University for Summer 2022 term.
- Start date is Monday, 16 May 2022 ending Friday, 5 August 2022. Students must commit to the full 12 week term. Interns will be expected to work 17-18 hours per week in order to fulfill the required 210 hours at the completion of the term.
- Must be 18 years of age or older.
- Students will receive academic credit for their internship. Students may apply for independent grants or scholarships to aid in financial support during their internship appointment.
How to Apply
To apply, please submit the following as attachments in an email from an AU email address, with the subject line “CSINT Summer Internship,” to Program Coordinator Jess Regan at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A concise, well-written one-page statement explaining your interest in the internship, why you would be a good fit for CSINT, and what you hope to achieve if you are selected. The statement should be single-spaced (doubled-spaced between paragraphs), 12-point Times New Roman font, with one-inch margins.
- A C.V. or resume
- An unofficial transcript, with GPA
- A short writing sample that you are proud of, preferably on a topic related to security and/or new technologies. This sample should be no more than ten double-spaced pages and should offer insight into your thinking and writing abilities.
Learn more about the Center for Security, Innovation, and New Technology (CSINT).
2020 CSINT Summer Intern, Reid Barbier, discusses his experience.