Network Contagion Research Institute Research Fellowship

Rutgers IC CAE Research Fellowship Program with the Network Contagion Research Institute

The Rutgers Center for Critical Intelligence Studies, a federally designated Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE), has partnered with the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI) and the Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience to develop virtual research fellowships for students from Rutgers University, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City College of New York, and New Jersey City University.

Students will provide approximately 15 hours of research assistance per week on a project that will take place remotely for the duration of the fellowship.

IC CAE Research Fellows must be United States Citizens. In order to participate, students must enroll in a 3-credit independent study or internship course at their respective institutions for the spring 2022 semester. Students from all academic disciplines with a minimum 3.0 GPA are invited to apply.


Note: This internship is for credit. Please have handy your intended course number to fulfill the credit requirement for this internship. Open to Rutgers, BMCC, CCNY, and NJCU students only.


Apply for the fall 2022 semester now.

Please Note: The application is hosted via Google and requires the use of a Google account.

Program Details

NCRI is interested in working with dedicated, capable students from across the country to join a multidisciplinary team of scholars and analysts to help profile and report on emerging threats of extremism and terror forming on social media.  Ideal candidates possess a background in computer science or statistics and have some understanding of working with large data sets, or alternatively, experience in OSINT (open source intelligence gathering). Students will be expected to meet virtually several times a week both independently with individual senior scholars and analysts to carry out specific research tasks and collectively on occasion with the larger working team to present findings.  Depending on participation, students will have the opportunity to participate and obtain authorship on high quality and data-driven intelligence reports on emerging extremist threats. 

Academic Credit for Rutgers Students minoring in Critical Intelligence Studies

Selected Rutgers students with a minor in Critical Intelligence Studies may receive academic credit by enrolling in 01:790:484 Research in Critical Intelligence Studies or 01:790:485 Internship in Critical Intelligence Studies. Selected students from other universities/colleges should consult with their own institutions to determine if this fellowship is eligible for academic credit.

About the IC CAE Program

In January 2015, Rutgers University began work on a project awarded from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to enhance the recruitment and retention of a diverse Intelligence Community workforce with capabilities critical to the national security interests of the United States. As a result of this award, Rutgers became an Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC CAE), with the goal of developing sustainable national security and intelligence programs to educate and inform a diverse cadre of students. 

About NCRI

The Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI) is a neutral and independent third party whose mission it is to track, expose, and combat misinformation, deception, manipulation, and hate across social media channels. Acting as a public benefit corporation, NCRI is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to explore safe ways to audit, reveal challenges, devise solutions, and create transparency in partnerships with social media platforms, public safety organizations, and government agencies. 

About the Miller Center

The Miller Center was established to assist vulnerable communities, particularly communities of faith, to enhance their safety and their standing in society by improving their relationships with law enforcement, with other government agencies, and with other vulnerable communities. The Miller Center seeks to honor, through remembrance, the human capacity to rebuild, even to flourish, after unspeakable horrors.