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 offers unpaid internships year round on a variety of our 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 critical questions being tackled by homeland security practitioners, policy makers and researchers, and they 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.

START is currently accepting applications for our Spring 2015 internships. Internships available for each semester are listed below. Please note applicants must submit a separate application each semester and applicants may only submit one application per semester.

Spring Internship Program Notes and Application:

  • Priority Application Deadline: Oct. 26
  • Final Application Deadline: Nov. 9
  • Mandatory Intern Orientation: Jan. 22-23
  • Final Day of Program:May 8

For Spring 2015 START will use the online application platform, which can be accessed below using the APPLY button..

Questions? Contact START's Internship Coordinator Eva Coll at 301-405-8504 or


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