CO-OP Student of the Month of June 2018
Master - Public and International Affairs
For my final CO-OP term at the University of Ottawa, I decided to work at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) as an intelligence analyst within the Compliance and Enforcement sector, which is responsible for enforcing Canada’s anti-spam legislation. During the work term, I analysed complaints about unsolicited electronic messages and telemarketing calls. My team and I were responsible for reporting on emerging trends in spam and other cyber threats. This information was then used to produce intelligence reports for our investigative team.
Throughout the work term, I learned how to gather evidence using open source intelligence gathering techniques. I also gained experience in using big data tools and statistical programming software. Moreover, by regularly writing reports, I honed my writing and research skills.
This placement allowed me to work in a field that is becoming increasingly relevant, especially as we spend more and more of our lives online. The work was also challenging and interesting; I learned a lot about the growing world of cybersecurity.
I worked with a great group of people who were passionate about their jobs and helped each other in their work. In this work term, every day was more exciting than the last. I would recommend to anyone that they get out of their comfort zone and work in a field they aren’t familiar with. They won’t regret it.