Computer Forensics Internship

Date Position(s) Available

Spring 2023

High Technology Investigative Unit

The High Technology Investigative Unit (HTIU) of the U.S. Department of Justice initiates investigations and conducts forensic analysis on computer evidence in federal cases involving child exploitation crimes. It works closely with federal agencies such as the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Postal Inspection Service; as well as federal prosecutors all across the country. The mission of the HTIU is simple: 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. 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 is a headquarters entity and works with U.S. Attorney’s Offices and law enforcement agencies throughout the country, as well as internationally.


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. 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 P2P, IRC, IM, Newsgroup readers, e-mail clients, etc. to determine the impact of their installation and identify potential points of evidence.

Complete information may be downloaded from here.


Undergraduate and Graduate Computer Science students are eligible to apply. Prior to finalizing an appointment, all interns are required to undergo a security check, which includes a name and fingerprint clearance with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a determination of suitability for employment based on the information a candidate provides in the security form. U.S. citizenship required. Applicants also must have lived within the United States for at least 37 of the last 60 months.

Application Procedure

Submit a resume to:

Note: Please indicate whether you are interested in a paid internship, internship for credit or both.

Updated July 7, 2022

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