A Department of Homeland Security Emeritus Center of Excellence led by the University of Maryland

Through curricular and experiential learning, START educates, mentors and trains the next generation of national security scholars and practitioners.



START offers unpaid internships year round on a variety of research projects. 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 critical questions being tackled by homeland security practitioners, policy makers and researchers, and 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 (Fall, Spring, Summer). Participants work at least 10 hours/week during the fall and spring semesters and 20 hours/week during the summer. 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.

Our internships can be undertaken for academic credit, and this is highly encouraged.  Interns participate in a program of enrichment and career development opportunities. 

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to our most popular questions.


Click here to view current Internship Opportunities.


Summer 2017 Internship Funding Opportunities:

Paul Gallo Memorial Scholarship for Non-Traditional Student Interns: This scholarship is offered each summer to one non-traditional student intern working with START in memory of Paul Gallo, a researcher and project manager within the Special Projects Division of START.

Underrepresented Minority Student Scholarship: This scholarship is offered this to five-underrepresented minority student interns who would otherwise be unable to undertake an unpaid internship.


For questions about the internship program or opportunities, please contact the Education Team at internships@start.umd.edu.

More information about START itself can be found here.