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. 

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

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

March 25, 2018
Semester Year: 


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. 

UWT-START is working with other institutions to develop scalable process for the discovery of emerging or disruptive technologies that affect WMD viability. To successfully accomplish this, the team will build on its members’ existing expertise and work in the areas of WMD threat assessment, technology adoption and innovation, data-driven and expert-driven risk assessment methodologies, and global, multi-lingual computational information search and extraction. UWT-START’s role will be to facilitate the elicitation and integration of subject matter expertise into the overarching tool.  

Supervisor: Daniel Smith (dsmith32@umd.edu)

Application deadline: Sunday, March 25, 2018; 11:59pm

Citizenship Requirement: U.S. citizenship not required. 

Weekly meeting time: TBD

Required/minimum qualifications 

  • Upper classmen with research experience
  • Strong writing skills; must pass brief analytical writing test as part of interview process
  • Must have proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Must be able to dedicate 10 hours per week for the duration of the internship
  • Interest in both policy-oriented and academic publications.

Preferred/ideal qualifications 

  • Graduate students and PhD candidates are strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrable superior writing skills, e.g. prior publication, writing tutoring, awards, etc.

General Information for all START Internships


Currently START Headquarters is located at 8400 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740, however we will be moving to a new location in May of 2018. Our new office will be located in the Discovery District in College Park, MD. Our exact address will be provided upon being invited for an interview. All internship hours must be completed at this new office unless otherwise specified. Working remotely is not permitted. 

Schedule Requirements:

Orientation Date: Monday, June 4, 2018. All interns are required to attend orientation. You may be required to attend an additional day of orientation on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Your supervisor will inform you if you are required to attend both days.
Internship Duration: Monday, June 4, 2018 to Friday, August 10, 2018. All interns must be able to commit to the duration of the whole program.
Work Hours: All interns must work at least 20 hours per week during the Summer 2018 program. Work hours are scheduled from Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Interns may not work longer than 8-hour shifts.

Other Information:

  • All internships are UNPAID and START is unable to provide travel stipends or housing arrangements.
  • We strongly encourage and recommend that interns seek academic credit for their internship through their home institution or department, if possible.
  • If undertaking the internship for credit, you must indicate this on your application form. Be sure to notify your internship supervisor if you need to work more than 20 hours per work for this reason.
  • Applicants interested in applying for an internship for any semester other than or in addition to Summer 2018, must submit a separate application for each semester with the correct application form for that semester.

How to Apply for START Internships:

START is currently accepting applications for Summer 2018. The application form will be open until Sunday, March 25, 2018 11:59pm, however some projects have an earlier application deadline of March 4, 2018 at 11:59pm. Late, incomplete, or applications not submitted correctly will not be considered. To access the application: click here.


  • Applicants must pay close attention to the requirements of each internship they are applying for, including attendance to team meetings and minimum time commitment. Inability to attend compulsory meetings or work the minimum required hours will result in the revocation of any offer made.
  • Address your cover letter to the internship supervisor of your first choice project.
  • Failure to complete the application form in full, including the selection of 1-3 internship preferences could result in your application being rejected without further consideration.
  • Failure to submit the proper materials according to the directions provided in the project description could result in your application being rejected without further consideration.
  • Due to the high volume of applicants, only top candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • Applicants may be asked to attend more than one interview.
  • Any successful candidate will be asked to respond with a firm acceptance within 48 hours of the offer being made. Failure to respond could result in the vacancy passed to another candidate.
  • Any questions regarding the specific requirements for the internship vacancy should be directed to the supervisor(s) listed for the project.
  • Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to the START Education Team at internships-start@umd.edu.

Application Materials:

All internship applicants must submit all materials in one .pdf file using the file name format:

LastName, FirstName_InternCandidate.pdf or .doc.

 The internship application packet should include the following documents in the following order:

  • One page cover letter
  • One page resume
  • Official or unofficial transcript(s)
  • Two-page writing sample (Communications applicants must submit two writing samples.)

Note for International Students:

START welcomes applications from international students for all of our internships where US citizenship is not a requirement (see the qualifications listed for each project for details).

It is, however, the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their visa or immigration status permits them to undertake an unpaid internship. It is also the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all proper paperwork, like documented approval from your home institution, is available and processed in time for the start of the internship. Failure to comply with these stipulations, or provide the paperwork required to verify your status, will result in your internship offer being rescinded without further consideration. START is unable to sponsor visas for non-US Citizens due to the short timeline of our program and the lengthy processing time for visas. Unfortunately, this largely limits our ability to accept anything other than F-1 visas on regular, not OPT, status.