Opportunities at the CPC

Opportunities at the Cyber Policy Center

    Research Assistants for the Stanford Internet Observatory
  • Research Assistants for the Stanford Internet Observatory
  • Postdoctoral Fellows for the Stanford Internet Observatory
  • Communications Internship for Program on Democracy and the Internet

Research Assistants for the Stanford Internet Observatory

The Stanford Internet Observatory student research assistant program engages students with SIO’s dynamic research team, giving students the opportunity to work directly with SIO researchers on specific projects, collaborate with the broader team on rapid response projects, and develop their own research ideas. We give preference to students who have taken at least one of our courses and to students with functional fluency in at least one language other than English. Technical and data science skills are a plus.

Interested RAs must submit an online application and upload a copy of their CV/resume and transcript.

We have filled our Fall Quarter RA openings. Winter Quarter open positions will be posted in December. We accept applications on a rolling basis for generalist RAs but will be in touch only if an opening arises. 

General RA (Undergraduate or Graduate, 8-15 hrs/week)

Project description: Interested in working with us but not interested in the specific projects above? We always have needs for generalist RAs and for RAs willing to join us for specific rapid-response projects.

Desired Skills:

  • Foreign language skills (we are particularly interested in students who can read/write Arabic, Chinese (all topolects), Farsi, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese)

  • Interest in information operations or information interference, tech policy, platform self-regulation, fringe platforms

  • Experience with open-source investigations

  • Strong writing and research skills

You must be logged in to your Stanford Google account to access this form. You will be asked to submit a resume and unofficial transcript with your application.

Postdoctoral Fellows for the Stanford Internet Observatory

Stanford Internet Observatory Fellows will pursue research on policy and technical issues related to Stanford’s research into the misuse of new technologies to cause harm to individuals and societies. Research focus areas may include studying current geopolitical events driven by information operations against elections, researching the use of communication platforms to cause harm to at-risk groups, designing strategies to mitigate the harm of new technologies, and developing regulatory and governance frameworks for tech companies and governments. Fellows will be housed at the Cyber Policy Center and will be a part of the larger fellowship program at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. All SIO fellows are expected to participate in Cyber Policy Center research seminars and produce policy-relevant work, which could include media appearances, published articles, or briefings to or workshops for government or international organization officials, ideally in collaboration with researchers from other disciplines. Fellows with backgrounds in the natural sciences, engineering, data science, social sciences, history, and law are encouraged to apply. All fellows are expected to be in the final stages of or have recently completed a terminal degree in their discipline, ideally a Ph.D.

Application Details

Submission of a formal application is required for all individuals who wish to be in residence as visiting fellows, whether they need funding or have independent support. Applications are run in partnership with the CISAC Fellowship Program.

All application materials, including recommendations, must be in English. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all materials, including letters of reference, are submitted by the deadline stated above. Please do not submit supplemental materials such as books, lengthy manuscripts, or more than the required number of recommendations.

Online submission of application must include:

  • Completed online application form
  • Resume/CV
  • Graduate school transcript (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. All pre- and postdoctoral applicants must include a transcript. Junior faculty and professionals may include a transcript, but are not required to do so.)
  • Research project prospectus or description of dissertation (1,500 words max, not including footnotes/endnotes)
  • Research abstract (200 words max)
  • Writing sample (50 pages max)
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation. Please note that recommendation letter services, such as Interfolio, may not use our online recommendation letter submission system. Please advise your recommenders to upload their letters directly to the SlideRoom system.


Online Application Instructions

  1. Access application portal by selecting link below. 
  2. Click "Sign up to get started" (at the bottom of the page). Input the requested information to create a username and password.
  3. Click "Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation Fellowship Program".
  4. Proceed through the application, entering information into all required fields.
  5. Submit your application.


We are now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. Applications are due December 3, 2021.

Communications Internship for Program on Democracy and the Internet

The Program on Democracy and the Internet (PDI) at the Cyber Policy Center (CPC) and the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) is announcing a fall quarter 16-week internship focused on supporting website management, social media content and general program communications, with the possibility of extension into the winter and spring quarters.  

About PDI: The PDI mission is to engage with and advance knowledge on the challenges that new technologies pose to democracies around the world. Through knowledge creation and education, and by leveraging the convening power of Stanford University, PDI creates and shares original empirical research around how digital technologies are impacting democracy to inform and educate decision-makers in the field, including the next generation of technologists, business leaders, and policymakers.This effort is intended to bring together scholars from a diverse set of disciplines to study the challenges and opportunities the Internet poses for democracies.  

About the Opportunity: 

Duration: Monday, Aug 30th - Friday, Dec 17th 2021 (16 weeks)

Schedule: 8-10 hours/week

PDI is looking for a fall quarter intern to work with the Program Manager on updating the program website and design, gathering and organizing content for a weekly newsletter, supporting on audience tracking and engagement, as well as other tasks related to event marketing and program logistics. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Inspecting the website and identifying outdated content, dead-end pages, non-functioning links, and updating all the content.

  • Evaluating the program website’s communicative strength, functionality, and clarity, and formulating recommendations.

  • Supporting on select web page redesign and reorganization to increase engagement, conversions and lower the bounce rate.

  • Streamlining the process of turning website visitors, social media followers, and event attendees into newsletter subscribers.

  • Collect details of event attendees to map out PDI’s network of scholars. 

  • Creating and sharing content to highlight PDI’s research and activities with the PACS and CPC social media teams. 

  • Consolidating program impact assessment data into a master tracker. 

  • Recording and tracking milestones shared in team research check-ins. 

How to Apply 

Please email your resume and a one page cover letter describing your interest in the role and prior experience to Haifa Badi Uz Zaman at hbadi@stanford.edu