2020 Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI)
Remote Internship Opportunity
Spring 2021

The Network Contagion Research Institute seeks motivated students to be a part of a breakthrough intelligence platform, Consense. Consense creates a crowdsourced, data-ready readout map of planned protests and strategic developments. It overlays predictive models and machine learning, along with the wisdom of the crowd through aggregating predictions, to make the process of mapping threats collaborative and accurate.

Internship Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
  • Daily collection and review of current events via open-source and proprietary social- media monitoring tools to update the mapping system and generate real-time threat reports.
  • Tracking and analyzing geopolitical issues and threats, providing insights into how these threats could impact the homeland.
  • Generate and communicate pertinent findings via oral and written briefs.
  • Research emerging threats stemming from the cyber-social domain.

Ideal candidates will have the following experience:
  • Currently pursuing degree in Political Science, International Studies, Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Data Science, or related field of study.
  • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail; ability to compose written products and presentations under time pressure.
  • Basic understanding or willingness to learn open-source research techniques, social media monitoring and collection, threat assessments, and best practices to identify relevant information from various open source platforms.
  • Analytic and critical thinking skills, and a deep desire to learn.

About the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI): NCRI, established as a 501(c)(3) in May 2018, is a politically neutral, multidisciplinary team of experienced neuroscientists, digital technologists, as well as public safety and homeland security experts, whose mission is to track, expose, and combat hate and malicious deceit as it grows between social media and the real world. NCRI reports are regularly featured in national and international media.

Note: This internship is unpaid and for academic credit only. It will satisfy either the research or internship requirement for the Critical Intelligence Studies minor. If accepted, contact avamaj@rutgers.edu for special permission number to enroll in 790:484 or 790:485.