Job Overview


These internships will remain open until filled.  Applications will be reviewed at the end of each month.

Consider joining the DOJ Criminal Division. One of seven litigating Divisions in the Department, the Criminal Division investigates and prosecutes complex criminal matters and assists the 93 United States Attorney Offices in investigations, trials, and appeals. In addition to its direct litigation responsibilities, the Division formulates and implements criminal enforcement policy and provides advice and assistance in sensitive areas of law enforcement; advises the Attorney General, Congress, the Office of Management and Budget and the White House on matters of criminal law; provides legal advice and assistance to federal prosecutors and investigative agencies; and provides leadership for coordinating international as well as federal, state, and local law enforcement matters.

The High Technology Investigative Unit (HTIU) within the Child Exploitaion and Obscenity Section (CEOS) conducts forensic analysis on computer evidence in federal cases involving child exploitation crimes. It works closely with federal agencies such as the FBI, ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Postal Inspection Service; as well as federal prosecutors all across the country to investigate networks of offenders and the different technologies used to facilitate the crime and conceal their idenity. The mission of the HTIU is simply to: provide the most accurate, up-to-date expertise on computer forensic matters and assist law enforcement agents and prosecutors in the investigation and prosecution of computer facilitated child exploitation offenses. The HTIU goes far beyond the bits and bytes of standard computer forensic examinations by combining seized evidence with other information in online cloud storage. HTIU specialists are routinely asked to assist in national operations involving child exploitation over the internet, special investigative initiatives, and research and develop new investigative tools and techniques. In addition, HTIU specialists may be asked to assist in drafting proposed legislation, developing and delivering training for law enforcement agencies, and testify as experts in federal court. The Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section works with U.S. Attorney’s Offices and law enforcement agencies throughout the country and internationally with our law enforcement partners throughout the world.


As a Digital Investigative Trainee, your Duties and Responsibilities will be:

 Your role at the HTIU will be a unique one. The HTIU provides the opportunity for current graduate and undergraduate students to experience the computer forensics field first hand.  You may be asked to restore a Linux server one day and analyze log files from an electronic wiretap the next. The scope of work is broad, and no day is mundane.  In addition to your short term tasks, you will be asked to complete a long-term assignment that will significantly contribute to the HTIU’s overall success.

 Long term assignments are based on your particular expertise, career objectives, and the immediate needs of the Unit.  You will work with your immediate supervisor to determine you assignment, which may include:  Research and experiment on specific Window’s file behaviors to provide conclusive data on the impact of day to day computer usage.  Analyze internet-based software such as web browsers, P2P, IRC, IM, Newsgroup readers, e-mail clients, etc. to determine the impact of their installation and identify potential evidence.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Computer Science students.

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