Graduate Summer Internship Programme - NCCU (National Cyber Crime Unit)

Posted on 14th Feb 2018
National Crime Agency (NCA) Non-Geographic

Graduate Summer Internship Programme - NCCU (National Cyber Crime Unit)

The NCCU is the UK lead for tackling the threat from cyber crime. For the first time, the UK has a single Unit with the responsibility and capability to lead the overall response, coordinate activity across a range of partners and provide specialist cyber support and expertise across law enforcement.

We currently have exciting opportunities for paid summer internships for individuals looking to pursue a career in cyber security.

The aim of the campaign is to provide Interns with a unique and first hand experience of working in a law enforcement environment and within cyber crime in particular. Successful candidates will gain practical experience of day-to-day work at the NCCU and the opportunity to put into practice specific knowledge acquired during their studies and training. Moreover, they will be introduced to the professional world and the constraints, duties and opportunities therein.

The programme runs continuously for 12 weeks commencing in July running through to October 2018. At the end of the internship each Intern will receive an appraisal report on their performance, with high performing individuals being sign posted to permanent employment opportunities within the Unit.

Candidates should be in their final year of study or have finished their studies within the past 12 months. Third year university students moving forward to complete a Master’s programme will be considered if the internship dates allow completion before return to their studies.

You should have a keen interest in the area of cyber crime and be comfortable using IT packages such as Word, Excel and Power Point. You should possess good personal motivation, initiative and time management skills as well as be able to demonstrate good communication skills, problem solving skills and teamwork and partnership skills.

Each NCCU team requires some additional specialist skills and/or qualifications which are detailed below. Candidates should evidence the required skills within their application.
Should you be interested in more than one team, please note that one application has to be completed per team/project area.

About the National Cyber Crime Unit

NCCU is the command of the NCA that leads the fight against cyber crime. We use innovative approaches and ground breaking techniques to target serious cyber criminals and we work with a range of partners and law enforcement agencies in the UK and across the world. NCCU is looking for 7 Interns to help fight the threat of cyber crime. One Intern is to be placed in each of the following teams/areas:

Threat Response

What the team does:

The remit of the NCCU Threat Response includes coordinating the proactive response to the highest priority cyber threats, developing UK and International law enforcement’s strategy for fighting cyber crime and communicating this to the NCA and the wider communities. They develop the operational strategies for protecting the public from cyber crime as well as mechanisms for measuring tactical and strategic outcomes for the purposes of NCA performance reporting. The team assists with the secretariat functions for the Cyber Strategic Governance Group and associated Threat Groups, in order to create a collaborative UK effort against cybercrime with common priorities.

Internship project:

The Intern would be expected to assess the effectiveness of the current NCCU proactive disruption strategy. This will include reviewing current processes, evaluating progress against our objectives and identifying common issues that impede our ability to respond. Working closely with experienced NCCU officers, this research will place the Intern in a position to evaluate the validity of our current priorities and recommend new, streamlined processes to Senior Managers in order to overcome obstacles and enhance the NCCU’s operational response.

Eligibility criteria:

Studies in political science, criminology, policing or equivalent
Understanding of the Cyber Security landscape
Experience of analysing data, information and statistics from a range of sources
Excellent problem solving skills
Experience of planning, projects and working to tight deadlines

Mitigation at Scale (M@S)

What the team does:

The Mitigation at Scale (M@S) aims to improve UK cyber resilience and make the UK a more hostile environment for cyber criminals to operate, such that they will be deterred from committing offences either using UK infrastructure or against UK victims. M@S ingests data in both proactive and reactive scenarios, processes and analyses that data and disseminates packages to industry or law enforcement partners to facilitate mitigation by closing vulnerabilities, target hardening or victim notification.

Internship project:

The Intern would be expected to assess effective use of multiple datasets from a variety of sources providing focussed and assessed outputs to assist in focussing M@S resources effectively to maximise the NCCU’s ability to mitigate against compromises, vulnerabilities and ultimately to improve the UK’s cyber resilience. Delivery of the project would involve working with internal and possibly external partners. The Intern would be expected to deliver innovation and creativity to scripting, data mining techniques for on-going analysis, database management and produce a concise report on the work undertaken and it’s outputs.

Eligibility criteria:

Studies in computer science or equivalent
Ability to gather, analyse and present data
Excellent research skills
Be competent working with Linux command line
Scripting / coding / programming skills to manipulate data in a variety of formats.
Cyber Engineering

What the team does:

The remit of Cyber Engineering is to research and develop tools to further NCCU operational and intelligence work and create bespoke solutions during “Crime in action” scenarios. Cyber Engineering works across the NCA and with a range of partners to develop this niche catalogue of capabilities.

Up to 3 internships are available within Cyber Engineering:

Research & Development Team- sits within the NCCU’s Technical Digital Forensics Unit and is responsible for multiple areas ranging from carrying out research on cutting edge and innovative software/hardware assisting the NCCU Technical team in their operational work to creating bespoke solutions to solve any identified problems encountered during live operations.

Development/ Infrastructure Team- leads on the development of innovative tools and techniques for the NCCU, NCA and partners to further investigations and intelligence in the pursuit of cyber dependant and cyber enabled crime.

Internship project:

The team contains many individuals of differing skill sets, as such the Intern should  expect to assist with the development of technical solutions for NCA/ NCCU tasks in order to fight cyber/cyber-enabled crime. The project is likely to include some of the following areas - Software development using modern development languages (Python, Java, JavaScript, etc..), Working with Cloud technologies like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Working with network technologies and associated protocols (e.g. SSL,DNS, HTTP, TCP/IP), Performing data science tasks (for instance working with compromised server logs) and/or working on a live investigation deploying technology in a novel way.

Eligibility criteria:

Studies in computer science, computer forensics, electronics engineering, physics or equivalent numerate subject
Good knowledge in working with Linux environment
Experience/knowledge working in at least one of the following programming languages: Python, Java, Java Script and associated frameworks
Good problem solving skills, e.g. troubleshooting network/hardware/software problems
Ability to work well as part of a team   

Prevent Team

What the team does:

The NCCU Prevent team designs and executes novel and innovative techniques to disrupt, dissuade and divert individuals from entering and committing cybercrime. They seek to cause disruption to the activities of key individuals, groups and on line criminal communications. The aim of most techniques is for a non-traditional outcome (i.e. not to arrest). This allows for more creative and wide-ranging approaches to be utilised.

Internship project:

The intern would be expected to conduct research into the most effective and innovative methods for intervening and informing specific target audiences of Prevent aims and objectives. A good understanding of Digital Technology and the effective delivery of messaging and communications to specific groups is considered essential for conducting the research as well as exploring the impact of any such activities by measuring the success of Prevent work in areas such as social media.

Work carried out would enhance the NCCU’s understanding of Cyber Criminal Pathways. This insight will assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of interventions that raise the awareness  of Cyber  related Legislation and on- line social alongside Education and Employment opportunities in the digital world.

Eligibility criteria:

Studies in criminology, computer science, psychology or equivalent
Keen interest and understanding of the Cyber Security landscape and emerging technologies
Experience of analysing data, information and statistics from a range of sources
Excellent problem solving skills
Experience of planning, projects and working to tight deadlines

Tactical Partnerships Team

What the team does:

The Tactical Partnerships team enhances the NCCU's tactical engagement with the private sector, enabling external partners to directly contribute to NCCU's objectives to disrupt serious and organised cyber criminals.  We build and maintain relationships with key industry partners to increase awareness of, and confidence in, the reporting process and law enforcement response.   One of our critical functions is collection and triage of intelligence from the private sector.  By utilising existing industry contacts, and identifying and fostering new partners, we encourage the sharing of intelligence which directly contributes to on-going NCA investigations, intelligence development, and thematic cyber threat assessments.  We work closely with mitigation at scale to facilitate the dissemination of packages to industry to aid mitigation by closing vulnerabilities, target hardening or victim notification.  We also work closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, assisting with victim engagement and intelligence collection from industry in response to significant incidents (i.e. Wannacry ransomware).   

Strategic objectives:
1. Work closely with industry to build a dynamic picture of the threat.
2. Embed Industry capabilities and information into a new UK cyber crime law enforcement model.
3. Transform law enforcement’s ability to develop and access unique capabilities and skills.
4. Work collaboratively with industry to drive up standards and influence policy responses.
5. Lead and coordinate interactions between law enforcement and major industry.  

Internship project:

The intern would be expected to support any of the teams strategic objectives.  This could include the submission of intelligence requests (working closely with intelligence teams and investigators), management of the team inbox to triage information received, projects to enhance our performance management (including processes and capture of intelligence feedback), identifying and making recommendations for key industry partners that could support NCA objectives, coordinating workshops and events with the private sector.      

Eligibility criteria:

Studies in intelligence, information security or equivalent preferred but not essential. 
Keen interest and awareness of cyber crime and cyber threats. 
Ability to gather, interpret and present intelligence/data.   
Good communication and IT (minimum outlook/word/excel etc.) skills. 


If you are successful for a placement within the NCCU you will be allocated a mentor who will track your progress throughout the 12 week internship and at the end write a performance appraisal. If your performance during the internship programme is of the desired standard, where vacancies allow you will be offered the opportunity to be put forward for a competency based interview as a Grade 5. If you are successful at this interview then you may be offered a permanent role within the NCCU at Grade 5 Level.


The first stage is to complete the attached Application Form and a Letter of Motivation (max. 500 words) taking into account the key skills and specific criteria set out within each team. Should you be interested in more than one team, please note that one Application Form and Letter of Motivation must be completed per team.

As part of the selection process you will be measured against Grade 5 competencies and if successful and where vacancies allow be offered a substantive Grade 5 role upon completion of the internship.

If successful at the shortlisting stage you will be invited to attend an interview. You may also be required to attend a technical assessment for the technical roles.

If successful at the interview stage you will be offered a role as a Grade 6 Intern within the NCCU pending standard NCA vetting checks. Successful candidates must have the ability to be vetted to SC enhance vetting clearance and pass a mandatory drug test.

The interviews are expected to be carried out throughout April 2018.

The expected start dates are anticipated as July 2018.

The completed Application Form and Letter of Motivation has to sent to by NOON on 23 February 2018. Please mark all applications with “NCCU GRADUATE INTERN PROGRAMME” in the subject line.

Applications submitted after this date will not be considered in the selection process, regardless of the reason.

Should you be successful at shortlisting but can not attend on the date/time allocated to you The Recruitment Team can not guarantee an alternate date, regardless of the reason.

Please note: Due to the volume of applications we receive, it is NCA’s policy not to give feedback on applications to candidates.


Student placements are paid at grade 6 minimum rate + London weighting; currently £4,867 for the duration of the 12 week placement.


To be considered, you will need to successfully complete SC clearance before commencing the internship. You will also be required to undertake a mandatory substance misuse test and achieve a satisfactory result prior to beginning your placement and agree to random drugs and substance testing during your placement.


Please note, the placements may involve exposure to case material from serious offences; you should consider the sensitive nature of the work conducted before deciding to apply. NCA is prepared to grant access to Occupational Health services to placement students and in some roles this may include an optional psychological assessment.

The NCA is a Disability Confident Employer. If you would like this application form in a different format, please contact the Recruitment Team using the details shown towards the end of the form or email:-
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