Internship | Bringing criminal activity descriptions to life

Support law enforcement in their understanding of criminal organisations by constructing their associated dynamic social network.


Den Haag

Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Understanding the dynamics of criminal organisations is essential for law enforcement agencies in order to develop effective counter-measures.

This project aims at mapping criminal networks and their entanglement from books like “Mocro mafia” and “Haagse penoze” using a natural language process approach and dynamic social network analysis.

The project involves developing a framework and tooling to extract possible relationships between persons in terms of their nature (partner, friend, enemy, etc) and spatio-temporal characteristics from text. These relationships and their evolution in time will be used to construct the associated dynamic social network.

Espinal-Enriquez, J., Siqueiros-García, J. M., García-Herrera, R., & Alcalá-Corona, S. A. (2014, November). A literature-based approach to a narco-network. In International Conference on Social Informatics (pp. 97-101). Springer, Cham. Duijn, P. A. C. (2016). Detecting and disrupting criminal networks: A data driven approach.

What do we require of you?

You are a (University-level) post-graduate (MSc) student with a background in: preferably artificial intelligence, computer science or data science, or alternatively econometrics, operations research, or another relevant post-graduate programme. You have affinity with data science and programming experience with, for example, python.

The duration of the internship is expected to be 6 months.

What can you expect of your work situation?

Your work will be carried out in our Military Operations (MO) department, which consists of approximately 60 enthusiastic academic professionals with diverse background, such as mathematics, econometrics and aerospace engineering, to public administration and history. We share a passion for applied research in het Defence and Security domain, which we mostly perform in multi-disciplinary teams.


What can TNO offer you?

Doing an internship gives you the opportunity to get to know a prospective future employer. TNO takes it one step further. It’s not just looking that interests us: you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your internship, and be given the scope for you to exceed yourself and your expectations. We also provide suitable compensation for internships.

Application process

For this vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance after conducting a security screening. Please visit for more information the AIVD website.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy!
For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Contact: Ana Martins Botto de Barros
Phone number: +31(0)88-86 61077

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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Dr. Ana Isabel Barros

  • Operational Research
  • Complex systems
  • Intelligence analysis
  • Defence and Security

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