A Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence led by the University of Maryland

START fosters a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment to create a team to meet the needs of the homeland security enterprise and train the next generation of scholars and practitioners. 

Internships


Internships

START offers unpaid internships year round on a variety of research projects and teams. During the course of their internship, participants are exposed to the most up-to-date theories, methods and information related to the study of terrorism. They are versed in the critical questions tackled by homeland security practitioners, policy makers and researchers, and are mentored in a professional environment geared toward student success. The program is designed to prepare the next generation of homeland security scholars and practitioners through real-world research experience.

START’s internship program is open to undergraduate and graduate students (as well as some recent graduates) in any related discipline from any institution. Each internship lasts for one term. Participants work at least 10 hours/week during the fall and spring semesters and 20 hours/week during the summer. Our internships can be undertaken for academic credit, and this is highly encouraged.  Interns participate in a program of enrichment and career development opportunities. All interns are required to work onsite with their research project staff. Because interns work directly with our researchers and staff on current research projects, the internship positions vary depending on our research portfolio.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to our most popular questions. For additional questions, contact internships@start.umd.edu.

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Internship Listingsort ascending Internship Description Deadline Semester
Understanding Domestic Radicalization and Hate Crimes - Summer 2018

This internship will support START research focused on the processes of radicalization to violent extremism and hate crime offending in the United States. The core component of this research portfolio is the Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) dataset, the largest dataset of US-based cases of radicalization of its kind, which contains information on the trajectories, mechanisms, and consequences of violent and non-violent extremism at the individual level.

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March 25, 2018
Summer 2018
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Next-Generation Intelligence Analysis (NGIA) - Summer 2018

NGIA project interns will assist researchers as they identify subject matter experts with a technical background in chemical weapon technologies and, furthermore, will help test a new model of adversary chemical weapon adoption. These efforts contribute to a larger project that combines machine learning with traditional intelligence analysis approaches. Interns will be exposed to novel next-generation techniques used within the intelligence community. 

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March 25, 2018
Summer 2018
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Aviation Insider Threat Research Internship - Summer 2018

A principal goal of the homeland security enterprise is the deterrence, detection, and prevention of radiological and nuclear (RN) terrorism against the United States. This effort is pursued in part through the understanding and analysis of various pathways and modalities of attack which adversaries could exploit.

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March 25, 2018
Summer 2018
State Department-START Internship - Summer 2018

START is excited to be able to offer a limited number of highly selective intern positions to students interested in working on projects for the U.S.

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March 4, 2018
Summer 2018
Open-Source Geospatial Intelligence Internship - Summer 2018

These internship opportunities will consist of open-source research in furtherance of a large-scale data collection effort to determine possible points of entry (POEs) across a variety of nations. The GIS team is seeking up to 3 interns to assist with the Transnational Illicit Trafficking (TransIT) Geospatial data collection and analysis project.

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March 25, 2018
Summer 2018
Multimedia Internship - Summer 2018

The START Communications team is seeking a Multimedia intern this summer. Rather than performing START research, candidates chosen for this project will gain extensive experience filming and editing professional training videos, assisting in designing concepts for multimedia projects and using a studio lighting kit to produce high quality video.  Interns will also have the opportunity to work with the Multimedia team in order to design graphics and photograph company events. 

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March 25, 2018
Summer 2018
International Communication and Negotiation Simulations Project (ICONS) Internship - Summer 2018

The International Communication and Negotiation Simulations Project (ICONS) is a unit of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, College Park. ICONS creates web-based computer simulations for policy analysis and forecasting to help public and private sector organizations solve complex problems. Our policy division creates bespoke simulations to support think tanks, cabinet-level agencies, and Department of Defense major commands as they tackle complex national security challenges.

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March 25, 2018
Summer 2018
Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Internships - Summer 2018

The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is the most comprehensive unclassified terrorism database in the world. Currently updated through 2016, the GTD details information on more than 170,000 terrorist attacks that have occurred since 1970. Data from the GTD have been featured by the BBC, CNN, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Economist, The New York Times, Reuters, The Washington Post, and numerous other media outlets. The data are also used by the United States Department of State in its annual publication, Country Reports on Terrorism.

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March 25, 2018
Summer 2018
Communications Internship - Summer 2018

The START Communications team is seeking communications, public relations or journalism students to serve as interns this summer semester. Rather than performing START research, candidates chosen for this project will gain extensive experience writing and publishing, developing social media strategies, and monitoring and reporting various analytics for the organization as a whole. Interns will also have the opportunity to work with the news media, learn media list and monitoring programs, and work in graphic design. 

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March 25, 2018
Summer 2018
Cartel Smuggling Open-Source Project - Summer 2018

Conduct open source research to identify transnational criminal Cartel Smuggling organizations, in South America and the United States that may be relevant to attempts to smuggle illegal drugs and material. Interns will research specific groups, translate Spanish information to English, and identify new or emerging patterns relevant to project interest.

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March 25, 2018
Summer 2018