Internship | Mining the path of violent radicalisation

Help find the trail of radicalisation using natural language process approaches.


Den Haag

Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Empirical data on how the violent radicalization path evolves is necessarily biased, as ‘successful’ terrorist/offenders are usually not prone to be interviewed. Also, existing studies in this area are mostly descriptive of nature. On the other hand, recent insights from psychology show that there are different routes toward extremism, with each a unique set of psychological characteristics and criminal characteristics. Therefore it is important to try to gather empirical data in a more systematic manner in order to create a repository of different paths to violent radicalization.

This project aims at exploring the potential of using natural language process approaches on case studies of radicalisation and other paths to violence to extract empirical data.

Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), 2016
Doosje, B., Moghaddam, F. M., Kruglanski, A. W., de Wolf, A., Mann, L., & Feddes, A. R. (2016). Terrorism, radicalization and de-radicalization. Current Opinion in Psychology, 11, 79-84.
Schuurman, B., & Taylor, M. (2018). Reconsidering radicalization: fanaticism and the link between ideas and violence. Perspectives on Terrorism, 12(1), 3-22.
Feddes, A. R., Nickolson, L., & Doosje, B. (2015). Triggerfactoren in het radicaliseringsproces. Expertise-unit Sociale Stabiliteit/Universiteit van Amsterdam.

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?

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness.

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.

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.

What can TNO offer you?

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a 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 work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

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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