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.

   

 

Internship Listingsort ascending Internship Description Deadline Semester
Understanding Domestic Radicalization and Hate Crimes - Fall 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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July 1, 2018
Fall 2018
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Next-Generation Intelligence Analysis (NGIA) - Fall 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.

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July 1, 2018
Fall 2018
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): DARPA Sigma+ Project - Fall 2018

UWT is seeking highly driven, outstanding students to participate in cutting-edge research on CBRNE adversary activity funded by DARPA. These tasks cover an array of research techniques and subject areas including quantitative methods, adversary modelling, and chemical weapon development.

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July 1, 2018
Fall 2018
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Aviation Insider Threat Research Internship - Fall 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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July 1, 2018
Fall 2018
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Advanced Research Internship - Fall 2018

Designed for highly motivated, high-performing students, Advanced Research Interns participate in high-level substantive research and analysis for a variety of projects within the broader unconventional weapons and technology portfolio.

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July 1, 2018
Fall 2018
UMPD/START Crime Research and Analysis - Fall 2018
START will be working with the University of Maryland Police Department’s Analysis team to offer a limited number of intern positions for the UMPD/START Crime Research and Analysis project. Students will be tasked with conducting open source research and gathering information on existing groups carrying out attacks, as well as research related to the university and methods of keeping the university up to date and aware of items surrounding these issues. Specific areas of research might include: 
  • Ultra conservative/Antifa
  • Active shooter/ Domestic terrorism 
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July 1, 2018
Fall 2018
State Department-START Internship - Fall 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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June 17, 2018
Fall 2018
Open-Source Geospatial Intelligence Internship - Fall 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.

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July 1, 2018
Fall 2018
Multimedia Internship - Fall 2018

The START Communications team is seeking a Multimedia intern this fall.

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July 1, 2018
Fall 2018
International Crisis Behavior Project Internship - Fall 2018

The International Crisis Behavior Project (ICB) has for over 40 years collected and analyzed data on all military security crises in the international system. Under the direction of its founders Michael Brecher and Jonathan Wilkenfeld, ICB focuses on crucial themes including crisis trigger, major response, crisis management techniques, third party intervention including mediation, and forms of crisis outcomes.

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July 1, 2018
Fall 2018
International Communication and Negotiation Simulations Project (ICONS) Internship - Fall 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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July 1, 2018
Fall 2018
Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Internships - Fall 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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July 1, 2018
Fall 2018
Communications Internship - Fall 2018

The START Communications team is seeking communications, public relations or journalism students to serve as interns this fall semester.

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July 1, 2018
Fall 2018
Cartel Smuggling Open-Source Project - Fall 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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July 1, 2018
Fall 2018