DDaT Tracer Intern 12 week programme G6

The TRACER business unit in the NCA is a multi-agency hub which conducts threat and opportunity management for a range of digital intelligence capabilities It then researches and develops propositions to exploit opportunities and mitigate threats.

TRACER serves the UK Intelligence Community and Law Enforcement, providing a national capability to understand the changing digital communications environment and its impact on delivery of their mission.

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

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 DDaT and TRACER in particular. Successful candidates will gain practical experience of day-to-day work at the NCA within DDaT and TRACER 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 August running through to October 2021. Dates may vary. If you are successful, your intern placement will be as a G6 Intern. You will be allocated a mentor who will track your progress throughout your internship and complete monthly performance appraisals. If you achieve a good performance rating at the end of your internship and where vacancies allow you will be put forward for suitable G5 (EO) vacancies within the TRACER department.

Job description

The aim of TRACER is “to represent the voice of a broad and diverse community to ensure that investment decisions in digital investigative capabilities are operationally relevant, fit for purpose and support the attainment of operational outcomes.”.

TRACER serves UK policing, UK law enforcement agencies and the UK intelligence agencies and engages with this community to maintain an up-to-date and prioritised threat and opportunity picture.

TRACER are looking for 2 interns. Dependant on your ability and or previous experience you will be placed within a team of analysts, data scientists or teams dealing with Information Management or innovation & capability development.


The teams contain many individuals of differing skill sets; as such the Intern should expect to assist with the development of technical solutions for NCA tasks in order to fight organised and/or technology enabled crime. The projects are likely to include some of the following areas –
• Emerging technology horizon scanning and assessment
• Strategic threat and opportunity assessment in cyber-related fields
• Data analysis and visualization

The ideal candidate would have passion for one or more of the following fields: Information Management and Assurance, Horizon Scanning and Futures and an understanding of emerging technologies, and Data Science,
• Ability to work well as part of a team
• Good problem solving skills

***All NCA officers must hold SC Enhanced upon entry as a minimum. To meet the National Security Vetting requirements for this role you will need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of 3 out of the past 5 years. For more information please see the Candidate information Pack***


The following qualifications/skills are essential to the role and proof will be required at interview:

• Studies in all sciences, computer science, computer forensics, electronics engineering, physics or equivalent numerate subject
• 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.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Interest in, and awareness of, emerging technologies, especially around digital communications
  • Familiarity with one or more technical aspects of the digital communications environment (such as networking protocols, internet-based communications, communications applications etc)
  • Understanding of the cyber security landscape, emerging technologies and the threats they pose to the UK
  • Understanding of delivering analysis or assessment projects


If you are an active police pension member immediately prior to joining the NCA, you can continue your membership throughout your employment with us as if you were a serving police officer. If you do remain an active member and subsequently return to a police force, you should be able to continue your membership there too.

All officers in the NCA are members of the UK Civil Service. You will be eligible for:
• Civil Service pension scheme
• 26 days annual leave rising to 31 on completion of 5 years continuous service
• Training and development opportunities
• Cycle2work scheme

We take the welfare of NCA officers very seriously. All staff have access to Occupational Health services and there are a number of staff representative groups. We also have a range of sporting and other activities on offer.

We can provide flexible working arrangements if the role in question is suitable. These include flexi-time, job sharing and compressed hours (working contracted hours over a shorter period).

Apply now!