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. 

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.

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.

Questions? Contact internships@start.umd.edu.

   

Internship Listingsort descending Internship Description Deadline Semester
Communications – Spring 2017

The START Communications team is seeking two communication/public relations/journalism interns this fall semester. Rather than performing START research, candidates chosen for this project will gain extensive experience writing and publishing, developing social media strategies, and monitoring and reporting various analytics for the organization as a whole. Interns will also have the opportunity to work with the news media, learn media list and monitoring programs, and work in graphic design. 

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November 4, 2016
Spring 2017
Developing Technology in Explosive Detection Dogs – Spring 2017

Interns for this project will assist in developing deployment strategies with explosive detection dogs while utilizing new technology in the field.  Interns will be working closely with four K9 dogs and their handlers while training and being deployed for Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device Detection.  Interns must have a flexible schedule and ability to be around dogs.

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November 4, 2016
Spring 2017
GIS: Illicit Trafficking – Spring 2017

The GIS: Illicit Trafficking internship is designed to acclimate interns to working in a professional GIS shop. The team supports training of intermediate and advanced GEOINT and IMINT strategies applicable to future career opportunities. The team is seeking up to 7 interns to assist with the following projects:

- Network analysis of ISIL foreign fighter networks (tentative)

- Open-source research and data collection of licit and illicit trafficking of people/materials throughout Central Asia

 

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November 4, 2016
Spring 2017
GIS: Open-Source Geospatial Intelligence – Spring 2017

The GIS: Open-Source Geospatial Intelligence internship consists of open-source research in furtherance of a large-scale data collection effort to determine possible points of entry (POEs) across a variety of nations. The team is seeking up to 5 interns to assist with the following projects:

- Construction of an international dataset of POE locations

- Reviewing imagery for possible structures

 

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November 4, 2016
Spring 2017
Global Terrorism Database (GTD) – Spring 2017

The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is the largest and most comprehensive unclassified terrorism database in the world. Currently updated through 2013, the GTD details information on over 125,000 terrorist attacks that have occurred since 1970. Data from the GTD have been featured on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in the New York Times, Reuters, CNN, and numerous other media outlets. The current data are also used by the United States Department of State in its annual Congressional report, Country Reports on Terrorism.

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November 4, 2016
Spring 2017
ICONS – Spring 2017

The International Communication and Negotiation Simulations Project (ICONS) is a unit of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, College Park. ICONS is an experiential learning center that uses web-based simulations, face-to-face training, and policy forecasting and analysis to help public and private sector organizations solve complex problems.

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November 4, 2016
Spring 2017
INSPIRE – Spring 2017

Researchers and practitioners seeking to understand, resolve, and mitigate the consequences of conflict or political violence increasingly are drawing on tools from computational social science, or applied data science. START’s NSF-funded project on Computational Modeling of Grievances and Political Instability through Global Media has ongoing research involving social media analytics for predicting when and where instability will occur, with a focus on election-related events and violence in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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November 4, 2016
Spring 2017
Narratives/Counter-Narratives Online Library – Spring 2017

The Narratives/Counter-Narratives Online Library is a project to develop a publicly accessible knowledge tool to inform the policy and practice of combating Al-Qaeda and ISIL-associated narratives directed at communities and individuals within the United States.

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November 4, 2016
Spring 2017
Risk Communication and Community Resilience – Spring 2017

Government, non-profits, and other organizations rely on public communication to deliver important messages to various audiences. Professional communicators today use social scientific research to improve this process and START’s research teams have several current and upcoming communication projects that address current research questions. One research area that START specializes in is risk communication which includes threat assessment, information delivery and exchange, resource allocation and community resilience.

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November 4, 2016
Spring 2017
START/State Department Terrorist Organizations Internship – Spring 2017

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. This internship will be co-supervised by START on-site staff at the University of Maryland and by project leads at the U.S. State Department. The U.S. State Department leads will set and give feedback on tasks. 

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November 4, 2016
Spring 2017
Understanding Domestic Radicalization – Spring 2017

This internship is part of the Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) project, the largest known dataset of US-based cases of radicalization of its kind, which explores the trajectories, mechanisms, and consequences of violent and non-violent extremism. PIRUS and its related projects have already generated significant attention among policymakers and scholars, and PIRUS researchers have written several reports and articles derived from the data.

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November 4, 2016
Spring 2017
UWT: Advanced Research – Spring 2017

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. Past Advanced Research Interns were tasked with projects such as designing models of insider threats in the aviation system, conducting imagery analysis of nuclear facilities to determine vulnerabilities, and assessing sophisticated engineering capabilities of terrorist and criminal organizations.

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November 4, 2016
Spring 2017
UWT: Aviation Insider Threat – Spring 2017

A principal goal of the homeland security enterprise is the deterrence, detection, and prevention of radiological terrorism against the United States. This effort is pursued in part through the understanding and analysis of various pathways and modalities of attack which adversaries could exploit.

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November 4, 2016
Spring 2017
UWT: POICN Enhancement – Spring 2017

The UWT: POICN Enhancement Project is seeking up to 2 graduate students and exceptional undergraduate students with an interest in terrorism to support the ongoing work of the Profiles of Incidents involving Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Agents by Non-state Actors database (POICN). The POICN database includes information on terrorist plots, acquisitions, and attacks relating to CBRN agents.

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November 4, 2016
Spring 2017
UWT: Project Leviathan – Spring 2017

This research internship will support a project that analyzes the potential radiological and nuclear (RN) threats to the United States by non-state actors.  Project Leviathan integrates numerous adversary behavioral models and threat assessment tools into one system in order to assess the likely deterrent and deflective effects of various policies and investments on potential RN adversaries.  Under the supervision of the principal investigator and other project leadership and as part of multi-faceted project, interns will be able to partake in a variety of tasks throughout the semester-long

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November 4, 2016
Spring 2017
UWT: Project Odin – Spring 2017

Transnational criminal and terrorist organizations are known to have engaged in the past and are actively engaged in the smuggling of various “commodities” such as narcotics, wildlife, wildlife parts, antiquities and human beings throughout the world via various licit and illicit transportation modes and networks. These same transportation modes and networks can be used to illicitly transport radiological and/or nuclear (RN) materials.

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November 4, 2016
Spring 2017