If your background is in Cybersecurity, Computer Science and Engineering, Digital Forensics, Management Information Systems, or Security Information Systems, learn more about internships at Charles River Associates!

Who is Charles River Associates?

Charles River Associates® is a leading global consulting firm specializing in economic, financial, and management consulting services. CRA advises clients on economic and financial matters pertaining to litigation and regulatory proceedings, and guides corporations through critical business strategy and performance-related issues to become more profitable. Since 1965, clients have engaged CRA for our unique combination of functional expertise and industry knowledge, and for our objective solutions to complex problems. CRA delivers meaningful, customized and practical solutions to our clients.

What will I do during my CRA internship?

  • Our Summer Analyst/Associate Internship program mirrors the analyst experience to give you an understanding of our business and experience project work at Charles River Associates. Throughout the 8-10 week program, Analyst/Associate Interns work alongside senior colleagues to deliver live client consulting projects within the practice area. Along the way, you’ll benefit from professional development and wellness support programs, social events to connect you with peers and a collegial work environment. Successful interns will be offered a full-time position following graduation.


During a Cyber and Forensic Technology Internship program, you may work on many aspects of a project:

  • Assist with security and privacy investigations in response to data security matters, which may include ongoing breaches and fraud;
  • Engage in problem solving and forensic analysis of digital information using standard computer forensic and evidence handling techniques and tools;
  • Apply investigative techniques, scientific reasoning, and digital forensic techniques against various systems to answer questions;
  • Identify, research, and organize information to determine what a hacker did to a compromised system, whether data was stolen from a company asset, or what data to assess and provide in a litigation;
  • Defensibly collect digital evidence and complete chain-of-custody documentation;
  • Leverage your programming, model building, and database administration skills (including using Python, T-SQL, VBA, Excel, C#, and/or other programming languages and tools);
  • Share investigative and analytical findings, and assist with the drafting of written reports to summarize procedures performed and findings;
  • Stay current with developments in digital forensics, e-discovery, and incident response.


Hiring Practices and Internship Locations:

  • Forensic Services, E-Discovery (Chicago, New York)
  • Forensic Services, Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics (Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York, Toronto, ON, Washington, D.C.)

Learn more about our work by reviewing our Services and Industries on our website.


What do we look for in candidates?

We seek motivated Juniors and first-year Master’s students (non-MBA) with expected graduation dates from December 2023 – August 2024. Strong candidates would possess:

  • Familiarity with several core skills:
    • Strong understanding of computer operating systems, software, and hardware;
    • Ability to conduct detailed forensic investigations and analyses of computers, networks, mobile devices, and removable media;
    • Experience with conducting digital forensic analyses using commercial and open-source forensic tools, including file system forensics, memory analysis, and network analysis;
    • Experience with conducting static/dynamic malware analyses in a lab environment and threat hunting in a live environment;
    • Strong understanding of proper evidence handling procedures and chain-of-custody;
    • Experience with drafting technical and investigative reports and communicating technical findings;
    • Experience with utilizing automation tools and scripts to expedite analyses;
    • Understanding of incident handling procedures, including preparation, identification, containment, eradication and recovery-to-protect enterprise environments;
    • Understanding of common attack techniques used by an adversary on a victim network and how to leverage those techniques to stop further adversary activity;
    • Individuals with digital forensics/incident response training and/or certifications, including SANS GIAC (GCIA, GCFA, GCFE, GNFA, GCCC, and/or GREM), IACIS (CFCE or CIFR), and/or Guidance Software (EnCE), are preferred but not required.
  • Curiosity and analytic thinking to bring creative approaches to non-standard problems;
  • Effective written and oral communication skills;
  • A demonstrated high level of initiative and leadership;
  • Strong teamwork orientation and collaboration capabilities;
  • Excellent time management and task prioritization skills;
  • Clear and demonstrated interest in consulting through coursework, work experience, activities, or attendance at CRA recruiting events.


How to Apply

To be considered for the Summer 2023 Analyst/Associate Internship program, we require:

  • Cover letter – please describe your interest in CRA and our internship. Also, please note if you have a particular practice and/or location preference;
  • Resume – please include current address, email and telephone number;
  • Transcript – may be unofficial.


Work Location, Flexibility, and COVID Safety

At CRA, we believe in creating a work environment that enables our colleagues to benefit from being together in the office to best deliver on our promise of career growth and mentorship, while also taking advantage of the flexibility and inclusivity that working from home provides. We continue to monitor local government and regulatory guidance and adapt our safety guidelines accordingly. For those who begin the interview process with CRA, your recruiting point of contact will be available to answer any questions about work location and COVID safety.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Charles River Associates is an equal opportunity employer. As part of our focus on equity and inclusion, we work to ensure a fair and consistent hiring process. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to an inclusive work environment.

CRA is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer (EEO/AAE): Minority/Female/Veteran/Disabled.


The city of New York requires CRA to include a good-faith estimate of the wage range for this role. This range is specific to individuals applying to work in our New York office and considers a number of factors including but not limited to experience, education level, and expertise.  A good-faith estimate of the base wage range for this role is $1,200 - $1,300 weekly; actual total compensation may also include benefits. 

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