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. 

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.

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3 p.m. Wed., Oct. 9
1 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 24

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 descending Internship Description Deadline Semester
Communications or Multimedia Internships - Spring 2020
The START Communications team is seeking a student to serve as a communications or multimedia intern.
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November 10, 2019
Spring 2020
Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Internships - Spring 2020

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November 10, 2019
Spring 2020
GRU: Transnational Criminal Organization & Cartel Activities - Spring 2020

This internship opportunity will provide assistance to an on-going research project funded by the Department of Homeland Security office of Science and Technology (DHS-S&T), focusing on illicit smuggling and acts of violence carried out by Transnational Criminal Organization’s (TCO’s) and Cartel groups located in Central America and Mexico. Interns will code information that has been collected through field surveys, and analyze the data to identify trends and/or patterns related to these activities.

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November 10, 2019
Spring 2020
International Crisis Behavior Project (ICB) - Spring 2020

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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November 10, 2019
Spring 2020
State Department/START Internship - Spring 2020

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. State Department using START data (such as the GTD) and other open sources. Students will be tasked with developing materials that create a realistic scenario based on extensive research on history, geopolitical situations, and internal religious or ethnic cleavages in a region in support the Bureau of Counterterrorism training efforts.

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October 27, 2019
Spring 2020
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Advanced Research Internship - Spring 2020

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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October 27, 2019
Spring 2020
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Innovative Discovery of Emerging and Novel Technologies - Spring 2020

The purpose of this internship is to grant students the opportunity to better understand the threat that emerging and disruptive technologies pose to national security and advantages it may provide to adversaries. Students will be performing research on topics related to CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear) technologies research and development. Students will also be involved in the conceptualization and testing of novel research methodologies. 

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October 27, 2019
Spring 2020
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Transnational Illicit Trafficking - Spring 2020

Students joining this internship will be conducting open source research to profile transnational criminal organizations, as well as more loosely organized criminal networks.

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October 27, 2019
Spring 2020
Understanding Domestic Radicalization - Spring 2020

This internship will support START research focused on the processes of extremist radicalization within 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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November 10, 2019
Spring 2020
Using Text Processing Tools to Study Polish & Lithuanian Social Media - Spring 2020
 
The University of Maryland Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS) is a sibling unit to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). ARLIS conducts research related to national security for the Department of Defense in the areas of human and social systems (including culture, language, and communication); artificial intelligence and human-system integration; and information engineering and advanced computing.
 
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October 27, 2019
Spring 2020