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
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
Communications Internship - Spring 2015

START communications interns will report to the director of communications. Responsibilities will include:

  • Writing and editing press releases
  • Writing and publishing feature stories
  • Planning and attending events
  • Creating media kits
  • Developing and tracking media lists
  • Monitoring social media
  • Assisting with strategic planning and implementation
  • Engaging in START’s educational enrichment program

Qualifications:

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October 26, 2014 Spring 2015
Cross-National Analysis of Values in the Middle East Internship - Spring 2015
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October 26, 2014 Spring 2015
START/State Department, Terrorist Organizations Internship - Spring 2015

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 State Department using START data (such as the GTD) and other open sources.

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October 26, 2014 Spring 2015
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
Terrorism Propaganda Research Internship - Spring 2015

The nature of the project is analysis of several hundred transcripts of terrorist propaganda videos produced by Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda affiliate groups. One aspect of the project will be somewhat descriptive in that we hope to learn: 1) what the message of the video transcript is (e.g. to defend the prophet, to prevent future grievances, to promote jihad, etc.) as well as 2) how the message is conveyed including the type of persuasive attempt used (rational vs. emotional) and 3) who the target audience is. The coding manual taps into each of these contents.

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October 26, 2014 Spring 2015
Naval Research Laboratory Internships - Spring 2015

START has partnered with the Adversarial Modeling and Exploitation Office (AMX), US Naval Research Laboratory, to provide opportunities for highly qualified University of Maryland students to undertake a fall semester internship onsite at the Naval Research laboratories in Washington DC working on projects for AMX. 

The AMX has a number of ongoing research projects related to counter-terrorism, behavior detection, law enforcement, crime analysis, and geospatial analysis. Specific projects are outlined below:

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October 26, 2014 Spring 2015
Government Actions in Terror Environments Internship - Spring 2015

What is the best way to reduce terrorist attacks? Recent research suggests that governments have a vast set of policy tools at their disposal vis-à-vis terrorist groups, and that pure reliance on repressive policies can be counterproductive. While policymakers increasingly recognize the importance of non-military counterterrorism tools in addition to military ones, it is not yet known which type of government actions are effective; and when carrots might be more effective than sticks in defeating terrorist groups.

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October 26, 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
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.

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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
UWT: General CBRN Terrorism Internship - Spring 2015

Designed for students who are seeking an introductory experience with CBRN terrorism topics. This internship enables the flexibility to match students with research projects based on their experience and interests, as well as the overall need to support the Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT) program.  Assignments can include any of the other UWT internships listed or new projects that begin during the semester.

Qualifications:

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October 26, 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
Terrorist Ideology Internship - Spring 2015

It is well recognized that, in addition to providing a focal point for its members’ grievances, ideology performs several important motivational functions, including providing an explanation for the circumstances that underlie grievances, identifying offending parties and providing overarching plans for redressing grievances. Several scholars explore ideology as a galvanizing force that attracts recruits, provides organizational cohesion, and legitimates the violent behavior of members against others and themselves (as in the case of suicide bombings).

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October 26, 2014 Spring 2015
UWT Advanced Research - Spring 2015

Designed for highly motivated, high-performing students. Advanced Research Interns provide high-level research assistance on substantive research and analysis for a variety of short-term and long-term UWT and project proposals. More advanced concepts and analytical skills will be explored and developed. Tasking may be extremely varied and can involve quick turnaround. Advanced Research Interns may be involved in multiple projects and have the opportunity to help transition projects into a variety of mediums and publications. Potential opportunity for co-publications.

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October 26, 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
CBRN Database Coder Internship - Spring 2015

The Profiles of Incidents involving Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Agents by Non-state Actors database - known as POICN – includes information on terrorist plots, acquisitions, and attacks relating to CBRN agents.

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October 26, 2014 Spring 2015
Individual Radicalization of Bioscientists Internship - Spring 2015

Interns will identify and develop in-depth profiles of biological scientists who have both radicalized and de-radicalized, and conduct historical research on de-radicalization efforts in various contexts. This project involves writing case studies of biological scientists who have radicalized and worked with extremist organizations, as well as scientists who had radicalized but later broke their ties with radical groups.

Desired Qualifications:

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October 26, 2014 Spring 2015

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