Internship posting

About Motion Picture Association

The Motion Picture Association (MPA) is a trade association representing the six major American film studios (i.e. Paramount Pictures Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Universal City Studios LLC, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures). Its content protection department is charged with protecting the film, video and television products of its members against illegal duplication, distribution and sale.

Trainee Internet Investigator (internship)
Period: between March 2017 and December 2017
Duration: 11 to 15 weeks
Location: Brussels
Possibly leading to future employment: Not specified


Field/Project Summary

The Trainee Internet Investigator is responsible for investigating and reporting on Internet targets engaged in the unauthorized dissemination of MPA/A member content.

Key Responsibilities

- Assist in executing the global Internet enforcement strategy, including the development and execution of investigative tactics used to identify individuals and organizations involved in (the facilitation of) copyright infringement.
- Conduct detailed investigations of Internet targets and online content, including reviewing technical infrastructure, in cooperation with global team members as directed; analyze investigative results, deliver complete investigative reports, and recommend appropriate handling and resolution of the case.
- Analyze and track online trends involving advances in technology.
- Assist in investigations with the MPA/A legal departments globally, and provide investigative support in any legal matters.
- Effectively present, both orally and in writing, the results of investigations to internal staff, MPA/A members, attorneys, industry partners, and law enforcement agencies.
- Develop and maintain positive relationships with MPA/A members, industry partners, and law enforcement agencies.

Experience Requirements

- Bachelor's degree in Computer Science (or equivalent).
- Basic understanding of computer crimes statutes and copyright law.
- Understanding of conducting Internet investigations concerning websites involving direct download, streaming video and peer-to-peer protocols. Knowledge in related fields such as online advertising or follow-the-money are a plus.
- Good understanding of website structure, including source code analysis and operation.
- Broad technical knowledge with a good level of understanding of TCP/IP, routing, HTTP, and DNS.
- Knowledge of investigative tools such as whois, (reverse) DNS lookups, traceroute, and packet capture analysis.
- Understanding of the relationships between ISPs, domain names, IP addresses, and hosting providers.


- Must possess the highest level of work ethics and integrity with the ability to maintain confidential information.
- Ability to deliver professional results on short deadlines amidst shifting priorities while remaining poised.
- Must possess the ability to clearly communicate investigative results in writing as well as orally in English to a large audience.
- Must possess the ability to distill complex, highly technical subjects into easily digested and actionable reports.
- Must possess the ability to organize workload effectively, function as an effective team player, work well with minimal supervision, and adapt as the organization evolves.
- Must possess excellent analytical skills.

This internship is available as an unpaid position for students who need to do an internship as part of their studies. In this case the start date can be any time in 2017. It is also available as a paid position for people who do not need it as part of their studies, in which case the start date can be any time as of 1 May 2017. The initial duration of this internship is 3 months.

Only applications submitted in English will be considered.

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