2020 Cybersecurity Policy Summer Fellowship Program

The 2020 Cybersecurity Policy Summer Fellowship program will support three Tufts students with $5000 each in internships working on cybersecurity policy in civil society organizations (students completing internships in organizations outside North America will be funded at $7000).

The fellowships are available for all Tufts students: undergraduates, graduate, and professional school students. Preference will be given to students with academic backgrounds related to cybersecurity policy, including computer science, international relations, law, and political science. These organizations are interested in having a Tufts cybersecurity policy fellow.

Process:

Student applications are due November 15, 2019. Interviews for a possible match will be between November 26-December 6, 2019; this may be followed with an interview with a possible host organization in mid-January. Matches will be finalized by February 14, 2020. See the following page for application information.

Responsibilities:

Students who receive a Cybersecurity Policy Summer fellowship should arrange to spend a period of 10 weeks between June 1 and August 28, 2020 working for their host organization, the exact dates determined by mutual agreement. Students are responsible for arranging their own travel and housing for that period.

Cybersecurity Policy Summer Fellows will be expected to write to write a short essay describing their experiences, to be submitted by October 1, 2020. They may also be asked to participate in a panel about the program during the fall term of 2020.

Important Dates:

  • Listing of organizations interested in having a Tufts Cybersecurity Policy Fellow will be posted on: October 25, 2019.
  • Internship applications due: November 15, 2019 11:59 EST.
  • Interview dates: December 2-6, 2019.
  • Response to organizations of potential fellows: January 3-9, 2020.
  • “Match” interviews between students and civil-society organizations: Completed by January 30, 2020.
  • Fellowships announced: February 14, 2020.

Funding for the 2020 Cybersecurity Policy Summer Fellowship Program was provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Summer 2019 Fellows:

Alexandria Hayman

Research Intern for the Cyber Policy Initiative at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

While at the Cyber Policy Initiative, Alexandria supported the senior fellows and analysts in their work, providing literature reviews, cyber event timelines, and memos summarizing key issues pertinent to ongoing research projects. Topic areas relevant to the fellows included AI and machine learning attack vectors, hardware supply chain vulnerabilities, and cyber insurance in the private sector. Alexandria also conducted preliminary research and analysis on ongoing cyber war risk clause lawsuits (I.e., Merck v. ACE et al.) and compiled a comprehensive list of GNSS spoofing and jamming incidents to be used in a later publication.

Michael Teodori

Security and Surveillance Team Intern, the Center for Democracy and Technology

The Center for Democracy and Technology is a tech policy think tank whose main missions are to advance digital rights and promote awareness about issues at the intersection between law and technology. During Michael’s internship, he focused mainly on legal questions arising from law enforcement access to personal data held by technology companies, while also conducting extensive research on border surveillance and security technology employed by the U.S. government.

Eugenia Lostri

Cybersecurity Fellow, Lawfare

Eugenia Lostri worked at Lawfare in Washington, D.C. Having focused on International Law and Cybersecurity while pursuing her LLM degree at Fletcher, Lostri found it a great opportunity to apply her academic pursuits to a professional setting. Her project over the summer looked into the development of regional opinio juris on principles applicable to cyberspace, derived from published Latin American cybersecurity strategies.

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