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 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 internships@start.umd.edu.

 

Internship Listing Internship Description Deadline Semestersort ascending
Dataverse Assistant Editor Internship - Spring 2015

START is a research center focused on homeland-security related issues, housed within UMD’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. START is continuing to develop the Terrorism Data Archive Dataverse, which began in June, 2011. Interns for the Dataverse Project will learn about terrorism-related data through archiving datasets and reading over documentation.

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November 9, 2014 Spring 2015
Risk Communication & Community Resilience Internship - Spring 2015

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.

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November 9, 2014 Spring 2015
Risk Communication & Community Resilience App Development Internship - Spring 2015

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.

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November 9, 2014 Spring 2015
Strategic Military Assessment Research and Transition Projects - Spring 2015

SMART projects focus on the relationships of violent non-state actors (terrorist, pirates, etc) and state authorities to analyze their patterns of interaction and strategies of violence. Our regional focus this semester is two-fold: Nigeria, as well as the East China Sea and Indian Ocean regions. The SMART internship is designed to help train its participants in team research design and write-up techniques.

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November 9, 2014 Spring 2015
Global Terrorism Database Internships - Spring 2015

The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is an open source, unclassified database including information on terrorist attacks around the world since 1970 (currently updated through 2012). The database is maintained by researchers at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. The GTD includes systematic data on domestic as well as international terrorist incidents that have occurred during this time period and now includes over 113,000 cases.

The Internship

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November 9, 2014 Spring 2015
Understanding Domestic Radicalization Internship - Spring 2015

This internship is part of the Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) project, which is building a quantitative dataset on the causes and outcomes of domestic radicalization and a series of qualitative case studies on individuals’ radicalization trajectories.  PIRUS has already generated significant attention among policymakers and scholars, and PIRUS researchers have written several reports and blog posts about the project.

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November 9, 2014 Spring 2015
Open Source Intelligence on Organized Crime and R/N Trafficking Internship - Spring 2015

Conduct open source research to profile domestic and transnational criminal organizations, as well as more loosely organized criminal networks, geographic regions that may be relevant to attempts to traffic illicit radiological and/or nuclear material. Interns will research specific groups, write summaries of their activities, and identify new or emerging patterns relevant to national security interests.

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November 9, 2014 Spring 2015
UWT Risk Assessment and Threat Analysis Internship - Spring 2015

As part of larger research efforts students will examine unconventional weapons and emerging technologies as terrorism threats, including their potential consequences if used in an attack.  Support open source research and data collection efforts, analysis, and risk assessments. 

Qualifications:

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November 9, 2014 Spring 2015
General GIS Internship - Spring 2015

Interns will contribute to the construction of a global, multimodal transportation network.  Tasks will include analysis and aggregation of large-scale datasets, database triangulation, manual vector editing, extensive open-source research into traditional and illicit transportation methods, digital cartography/mapmaking, and translation of START’s qualitative research into geospatial format.  Interest/experience in global security and/or terrorism is beneficial.

Desired Qualifications:

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November 9, 2014 Spring 2015
Advanced GIS Internship - Spring 2015

Multi-modal transportation network building and analysis, terrain integration, and geostatistical analysis of large-scale models and databases.  Internship tasking will involve substantial work on a global transportation network that integrates qualitative data from varying projects at START.  Interns will perform various tasks constructing representations of existing transportation systems as well as more abstract, theoretical models of non-traditional transportation networks.  Tasking will regularly encourage creation of automated processes/tools in a model builder/python environment.

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November 9, 2014 Spring 2015