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.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to our most popular questions. For additional questions, contact internships@start.umd.edu.

   

Internship Listingsort descending Internship Description Deadline Semester
Cartel Smuggling Open-Source Project - Spring 2018

Conduct open source research to identify transnational criminal Cartel Smuggling organizations, in Mexico and Arizona that may be relevant to attempts to smuggle illegal drugs and material. Interns will research specific groups, translate Spanish information to English, and identify new or emerging patterns relevant to project interest.

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November 5, 2017
Spring 2018
Communications Internship - Spring 2018

The START Communications team is seeking communications, public relations or journalism students to serve as interns this spring 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 5, 2017
Spring 2018
Developing Technology in Explosive Detection Dogs - Spring 2018

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 5, 2017
Spring 2018
Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Internships - Spring 2018

The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is the most comprehensive unclassified terrorism database in the world. Currently updated through 2016, the GTD details information on more than 170,000 terrorist attacks that have occurred since 1970. Data from the GTD have been featured by the BBC, CNN, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Economist, The New York Times, Reuters, The Washington Post, and numerous other media outlets. The data are also used by the United States Department of State in its annual publication, Country Reports on Terrorism.

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November 5, 2017
Spring 2018
International Communication and Negotiation Simulations Project (ICONS) Internship - Spring 2018

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 creates web-based computer simulations for policy analysis and forecasting to help public and private sector organizations solve complex problems. Our policy division creates bespoke simulations to support think tanks, cabinet-level agencies, and Department of Defense major commands as they tackle complex national security challenges.

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November 5, 2017
Spring 2018
Multimedia Internship - Spring 2018

The START Communications team is seeking a Multimedia intern this spring. Rather than performing START research, candidates chosen for this project will gain extensive experience filming and editing professional training videos, assisting in designing concepts for multimedia projects and using a studio lighting kit to produce high quality video.  Interns will also have the opportunity to work with the Multimedia team in order to design graphics and photograph company events. 

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November 5, 2017
Spring 2018
NSF INSPIRE Computational Modeling of Grievances and Political Instability Through Global Media Internship - Spring 2018

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 5, 2017
Spring 2018
Open-Source Geospatial Intelligence Internship - Spring 2018

These internship opportunities will consist 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 GIS team is seeking up to 5 interns to assist with the Transnational Illicit Trafficking (TransIT) Geospatial data collection and analysis project.

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November 5, 2017
Spring 2018
State Department-START Internship - Spring 2018

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.

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November 5, 2017
Spring 2018
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Advanced Research Internship - Spring 2018

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 5, 2017
Spring 2018
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Aviation Insider Threat Research Internship - Spring 2018

A principal goal of the homeland security enterprise is the deterrence, detection, and prevention of radiological and nuclear (RN) 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 5, 2017
Spring 2018
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Project Leviathan - Spring 2018

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 5, 2017
Spring 2018
Understanding Domestic Radicalization Internship - Spring 2018

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 5, 2017
Spring 2018