The Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) is a start-up incubated at the Atlantic Council. We’re different than most think tank teams, and we like it that way!

Join our fast-paced and truly global team, as we work to further the DFRLab’s mission:

  • To forge digital resilience at a time when humans are more interconnected than at any point in history, by building the world’s leading hub of digital forensic analysts tracking events in governance, technology, security, and where each intersect as they occur, as well as a network of #DigitalSherlocks;
  • To create a new model of expertise adapted for impact and real-world results;
  • To identify, expose, and explain disinformation where and when it occurs; to promote objective truth as a foundation of government for and by people; to protect democratic institutions and norms from those who would seek to undermine them in the digital engagement space.

The DFRLab is at the forefront of open-source research with a focus on governance, security, technology, media, and where each intersect. These unprecedented methods allow us to inform the public and policymakers on issues such as protracted conflicts, breaking crises, and human rights violations in a uniquely human and tangible way.  

We’re doing a different kind of research and creating new industry standards that account for a paradigm shift in the way humans connect with each other and consume information.

And we’re growing a digitally native publication to match that ambition.

As part of the DFRLab’s efforts to showcase these many new opportunities, we aim to offer this internship to those with an investigative mind, who are willing to embrace these new open-source methodologies and who have a passion for international relations, digital media and journalism, and human rights. They are Digital Sherlocks.

Every member, including an intern, is an integral part of our team. With a dynamic and fast-paced team, most of our projects are all-hands-on-deck, and this role includes engaging with researchers across the globe. This role will expose the candidate to the writing process for publications and articles, research skills regarding digital forensics and social media, logistical elements of event-planning, and creating strategic initiatives within a think tank.


  • Conduct ad hoc research tasks to support the activities of the Lab and its management team;
  • Assist with the editing and preparation of research briefs;
  • Assist with logistical and administrative duties DFRLab programming, as needed;
  • Support logistics and preparation of material for DFRLab’s global training program;
  • Aid in event planning and organization and assist with day-of-event management;
  • Draft events preparation material, speakers’ briefs, and background information;
  • Manage program contact lists and metrics;
  • Draft correspondence and take notes at Council roundtables and strategy sessions for program archives.


  • Must be at least a college junior in good standing, a graduate student or a recent graduate;
  • Must have excellent research, writing, and interpersonal skills;
  • Must demonstrate proven interest in the overlap between international relations, human rights, journalism, technology trends, social media, and the digital engagement space;
  • Must have familiarity with social media platforms (primarily Twitter and Facebook);
  • Must be detail-oriented and have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Must work well with others and interact professionally with senior officials;
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States on a full-time basis;
  • International experience and foreign language skills highly desired.

Applications deadline is extended to July 30, 2021 and require a resume and cover letter.

Explore the Program

The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) has operationalized the study of disinformation by exposing falsehoods and fake news, documenting human rights abuses, and building digital resilience worldwide.

Please note: The Atlantic Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics covered by applicable law. The Atlantic Council is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation for all qualified individuals and bases all employment decisions on qualifications, merit, and business need. The Atlantic Council believes that diversity and inclusion amongst our team members are critical to our success as a global organization and seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Thank you for your interest in the Atlantic Council. For more information, check out our Talent DEI Statement or connect with us at [email protected]. #strongwithallies