Research internships at ICT Institute

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ICT Institute has several research internships available for talented university students, in the areas of software engineering, privacy, AI and ethics, and other IT-business/legal areas. ICT Institute offers unique access to business data, multiple senior researchers to support and supervise you, as well as financial support. You can apply year round, depending on your academic progress.

Research at ICT Institute

ICT Institute is a boutique IT advisory firm that values its academic connections. We have reserved part of our time for academic research into topics of interest to our clients, and have made time and modest resources available to help students wanting to do applied research using real-world data. As a research intern at ICT Institute, you work on the thesis topic of your choice. Your supervisor will support you, and you will have access to our benchmark data and client network. We expect you to work independently, regularly present your work, and write an interesting thesis. If needed, there is budget for necessary research expenses (e.g. traveling to conferences).

Research topics

We are interested in all original research in any of the following areas:

  • Software engineering, including software quality, engineering best-practices, technical debt, software lifecycle management, and multi-agent systems.
  • Privacy/GDPR, including privacy by design, privacy principles, legal aspects, technical aspects. See this previous thesis on a rule-based system for GDPR compliance.
  • Artificial Intelligence, especially ethical aspects, social impact and the limits of AI. We have ongoing research effort into the AI Impact assessment and AI risks.
  • Agile and Lean, including team effectiveness, Agile outsourcing and offshoring
  • Intellectual property law, including free software / open source software, Creative Commons, Software Copyright.

With each of the above areas, we will help you define specific research questions. This list is of course non- exhaustive, all topics even remotely connected to IT are up for discussion.

Requirements and application

In order to qualify for a research internship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Study at an internationally recognised research university;
  • Be in your final year of a Bachelor or Master degree of a computer science, software engineering or law degree;
  • Be interested in multidisciplinary research with practical applications;
  • Have good communication skills.

You can apply by sending an email to Dr. Sieuwert van Otterloo (sieuwert (at) ictinstitute.nl) including your academic background / CV, research interests and ideas and expected graduation date.

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Author: Sieuwert van Otterloo
Dr. Sieuwert van Otterloo is a court-certified IT expert with interests in agile, security, software research and IT-contracts.