16 Nov, 2023

DFU Student Placement

  • Serious Fraud Office
  • London
Temporary/Contract Intern

Job Description

The role will be based at our offices at 2-4 Cockspur Street, London, SW1Y 5BS, in central London, however please note that we are due to move to Canary Wharf in 2024. Please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas.


If you wish to apply for this placement, in the first instance, please speak to your university contact to determine if your course is relevant and to obtain an application form. If you or your university contact are unsure regarding eligibility or require a copy of the application form, please contact HumanResources@sfo.gov.uk.

The Digital Forensic Unit (DFU) is responsible for the handling of all digital evidence seized by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). This includes the collection of evidence on site, forensic processing of any items seized or received, and the processing of these items into a medium that Case Teams can access through the SFO Digital Review System (DRS). The team works closely with the Case Support Team and third party suppliers to ensure that required material is delivered in a timely and appropriate manner.

The Serious Fraud Office is pleased to offer a work placement opportunity within their Digital Forensic Unit (DFU) in London. This will be open for applications from undergraduate students enrolled on a Computer Forensic Degree course. Candidates will need to be in full time education at the time of the placement. This placement will be to observe and support the members of the DFU and gain hands on experience of on-going investigations.

Upon successful completion of their placement, students will have gained knowledge and experience in the following:

  • The examination of a range of digital devices (For Example: Computers, Mobile Devices & Removable media)
  • ISO 17025/FSR through the adherence to and review of in house policies and procedures
  • SFO Search Operations (Depending on Operational Requirements)
  • Identification and Decryption of Encrypted Material

The advert for this placement can also be found here.

Deadline to apply: Midnight on 31 January 2024