Investigative Analyst Internship, C4ADS (Washington, DC)


As an Investigative Analyst Intern, you will conduct in-depth research on transnational illicit networks and conflicts. You will work with a supervising analyst on a project in one of five analytical cells: Environmental Crimes Fusion Cell, Organized Crime and Grand Corruption, Conflict Finance and Irregular Threats, Natural Resources, or Counterproliferation. From wildlife trafficking to nuclear proliferation, you will produce timely analysis on real-world issues and have the opportunity to make an impact.

In addition to attending a series of trainings on methodologies for open source data analysis and tools such as Palantir and Windward, Investigative Analyst Interns receive one-on-one mentorship to advance their professional development.

Past C4ADS Investigative Analyst Interns have:

  • Contributed research to public reports

  • Drafted dossiers on networks engaged in human trafficking; illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing; kleptocracy; arms smuggling; and more

  • Briefed law enforcement and civil society partners

  • Produced data visualizations

  • Developed standard operating procedures for accessing specialized datasets around the world

What you’ll do:

  • Learn and apply advanced open source investigative methods to conduct detailed analysis of transnational illicit networks

  • Write a range of analytical products for government and/or civil society partners

  • Use cutting-edge analytical tools like Palantir to support research on illicit networks

  • Gain exposure to the variety and potential analytical applications of publicly available information (PAI)


  • Dedication to our values and passion for our mission

  • Overseas work or research experience

  • Native or professional-level fluency in Mandarin, Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, French, Korean, Bahasa, Dinka, Turkish, or other foreign languages to support research

  • Track record of examining illicit networks or conflict

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills

  • Undergraduate studies in any related field

  • Proven interest in or experience with data and technology


A complete Investigative Analyst Internship application package includes the following documents in separate PDF files:

  • Cover letter (1 page) that describes your interest in C4ADS and why you would be a good fit. Please also include an estimate of the number of hours per week you are able to commit to the internship.

  • Resume (1 page)

  • Writing sample (2-3 pages, single-spaced) that showcases your writing and analytical skills on a topic of academic interest. Excerpts from longer pieces are accepted, but should be noted as such at the beginning of the writing sample.

 Please email your application package to with the subject line, “Summer 2020 Investigative Analyst Intern Application – [Your Full Name]”. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the high volume of applications, only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

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Application deadline: March 15, 2020. 

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