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Understanding Domestic Radicalization and Hate Crimes - Summer 2018


Understanding Domestic Radicalization and Hate Crimes - Summer 2018

Deadline: 
March 25, 2018
Type: 
Internships
Semester: 
Summer
Semester Year: 
2018

Description

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. PIRUS and its related projects have already generated significant attention among policymakers and scholars, and PIRUS researchers have published several reports and articles based on the data.

Summer interns will assist PIRUS researchers in one of two ways:

  1. Conduct research and gather data to map the relationships between individuals in the PIRUS dataset, thereby transforming the individual-level data into a “networked” dataset. Interns will also continue to add new cases to the PIRUS dataset as well as improving the quality of existing data.
  2. Assist in constructing a new dataset focusing on hate crime offenders in the United States, following the PIRUS model. Interns will research information on hate crime offenders using publicly available sources and record relevant data to help researchers, policymakers, and practitioners better understand the pathways toward hate crime offending.

By working on either of these tasks, interns will gain the invaluable experience of working on a project with significant and real-time impact upon countering violent extremism policies in the United States. Interns will also acquire insight into the processes of radicalization, the contemporary state of extremist ideologies and groups in the United States, as well as transferable skills in conducting open-source research.

Supervisor: Patrick James (pajames@umd.edu) and Aaron Safer-Lichtenstein (asafer@umd.edu

Deadline: Sunday, March 25, 2018; 11:59pm

Citizenship Requirement: US citizenship is not required.

Team Meeting Times: Wednesday afternoons.

Work Location: START HQ. All internship hours must be completed at START HQ, unless otherwise specified. Working remotely is not permitted.

Required Qualifications:

  • Record of strong academic achievement
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and internet-based research
  • Excellent analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Strong proficiency in English
  • Strong time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and in small groups

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with coding for a social science dataset
  • Students with knowledge of domestic and foreign extremist groups, forensic psychology, and hate crime offender typologies are strongly encouraged to apply

General Information for all START Internships

Location:

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.

Notes:

  • 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.