A Department of Homeland Security Emeritus 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. 



START is currently offering our program remotely and plans to continue doing so in the spring. Accepted interns may have the option to work in person pending further public health developments, but all will retain the ability to continue working remotely if desired. You can find the most up-to-date information that UMD offers on COVID-19 and campus operations at this link: https://umd.edu/4Maryland

Information Sessions (Online):

  • TBD

This is an opportunity to learn more about the program, explore resume and cover letter tips, and to ask questions. Email internships-start@umd.edu for more information.

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, and check out the University of Maryland's Career Center resources for resume and cover letter tips. For resume and cover letter guidance regarding START internships, please register to attend one of our upcoming Information Sessions. For additional questions, contact internships-start@umd.edu.


The University of Maryland has several opportunities for students to apply for unpaid internship stipends. Please note that START is not involved in the application or review process for these stipends, with the exception of the Paul Gallo Memorial Scholarship for Non-Traditional Student Interns. Non-UMD students are encouraged to check with their home institutions for stipend opportunities for unpaid internships.


There are no opportunities of this type at this time. Please check back with us again.