NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE)
Host Organization: NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE)
International and multidisciplinary cyber defence hub, established in 2008, accredited by NATO. Membership includes 37 nations from NATO and beyond. Staff size: approx. 70. Cooperation with nations, NATO, academia, and the private sector. CCDCOE rests on three main pillars: research, training, and exercises. For the research activities, the Centre will actively search for cooperation partners from academia, industry, military, government, and other research organizations. With all our activities, in our focus areas of technology, strategy, operations and law, we demonstrate our expertise in the field of cyber defense: The Tallinn Manual, the annual International Conference on Cyber Conflict, CyCon and the largest live fire technical cyber defense exercise Locked Shields.
Internship format: In-person or Virtual (Remote)
Internship Department: Strategy Branch and Law Branch
- Project no 1: LAW
Standard of proof for attributing cyber operations as internationally wrongful act
Stability of cyberspace is increasingly challenged by hostile cyber operations conducted by state actors. Attribution of cyber operations to States is not only a legal, but also a technical and political issue. While international law currently does not expressly require that evidence supporting the attribution to be disclosed, it appears that there is a growing demand from international law community for accompanying an attribution with supportive evidence. Yet, there is no indication as to the standard of proof in this respect. The student admitted will conduct research examining practices on evidence put forth in support of attribution of cyber operations. The expected output of the research is a social science/academic paper mapping the standards of proof states held themselves in attributing cyber operations.
- Project no 2: STRATEGY
Lessons learned from cyber operations in the international armed conflict in Ukraine
There are three work strands: overall strategic and geopolitical implications of cyber operations; the cyber activities and attacks by Russian cyber groups (including APTs) and protection of Ukrainian critical information infrastructure.
- Project no 3: STRATEGY
Cyberspace Operations strategic foresight analysis and horizon scanning
This work strand focuses on analyzing future cyber operations, and the impact of emerging and disruptive technologies on cyberspace. It proposes trends and implications for NATO nations and partners. It elaborates on a NATO STO report on technology trends until 2040 (https://www.nato.int/nato_static_fl2014/assets/pdf/2020/4/pdf/190422-ST_Tech_Trends_Report_2020-2040.pdf) in the context of cyberspace and cyber domain as a domain of military operations. Key technologies include autonomy, AI/ML, big data, next generation telecommunications networks, and more.
Number of Opening(s): 2
Work Hours and Internship Start/End Dates: Monday to Friday, June 26 –August 18, 2023
Work Attire: Casual
Local language: Estonian
Local language level needed: Not required. English is the working language of the CCDCOE
Additional desired intern qualifications: Ability for independent desk research and writing of good quality academic papers (fully referenced).
- The applicant for this position can apply to all positions in Estonia, Belgium, and Latvia.
- The applicant must currently be an enrolled undergraduate at Stanford and in good standing.
- The applicant cannot have his/her undergraduate degree conferred before the completion of this internship.
- Seniors who will be returning to coterm for all of next year are eligible to apply.
- Global Studies minors in European Studies will receive preference.
- You need to log in with your SUNet ID at the upper right corner on the application platform before you can start the application process.
- For summer 2023, all undergraduate international travelers who have not been fully vaccinated or boosted and have a university-approved exemption should work with their sending program/unit and must comply with any mitigation strategies recommended by the university. The final decision to proceed with the international learning opportunities is dependent upon factors such as a continued decline in case numbers and increase in vaccinations in specific locations. Policies regarding travel (domestic or international) and international internships will be updated as University policies evolve. Visit Health Alerts for Stanford travelers for the most current travel guidance and restrictions due to COVID-19.
- Travel Reservations Requirement: All interns are required to utilize Stanford Travel, a centralized booking program, when booking air fare, hotels, or rental cars for their internship experiences.
- Students must be enrolled at Stanford in the quarter when they apply for an internship opportunity (Winter) and will need to be enrolled in undergraduate study in the quarter when grant funding is disbursed (Spring). Applicants participating in off-campus Stanford programs are welcome to apply, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to compile, collate, and submit a complete application.
- Internship participants must certify that they are in good academic standing and may not participate in the program or receive or retain internship stipends if they are on suspension.
- International students must consult with Bechtel about interning in the U.S. or traveling out of the U.S. in the summer.
- The Program is open to all undergraduate students. Seniors or co-terms are eligible as long as they do not confer their undergraduate degrees until after they complete their internships to remain eligible. Co-term students must still have undergraduate status. Positions in South Asia and Iranian Studies are also open to Master's students in all majors. Positions in East Asia are open to MA students majoring in East Asian Studies. Note: Positions in Belgium and Estonia are only open to seniors who will be returning to co-term for all next year.
- Participants must be current Stanford students during the internship period. Seniors and graduating Master's students must postpone graduation paperwork until the internship ends, but may participate in commencement. For summer graduation requirements, including details regarding enrollment requirements and information about participation in the June commencement ceremonies, students should contact their major department's student services office and Registrar's Office for graduation quarter petition.
- Local language skills are based on the internship description requirements.
- Global Studies minors receive preference for the program.
- Preferably, before beginning their internships, selected candidates should have taken at least one course regarding the internship region. The course can be taken in the quarter prior to the internship.
- Interns must commit to full-time work (a minimum of 35 hours per week) for at least 8 weeks.
- To be eligible for a stipend, students must maintain health insurance for the duration of their internship.
- Violations of Global Studies Internship Program policies are also violations of the Fundamental Standard and may be referred to the Office of Community Standards. The Global Studies Internship Program reserves the right to rescind funding at any given point and time should they be apprised of any policy violations as outlined above.
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