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 Summer 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.

Summer Internship Program Notes and Application:

  • Priority Application Deadline: Mar. 22 (Please note that for some projects, this is the FINAL deadline. See project descriptions for more details.)
  • Final Application Deadline: Apr. 5
  • Mandatory Intern Orientation: Jun. 1-2
  • Final Day of Program: Aug. 7

For Summer 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
UWT: Terrorist Ideology Internship - Summer 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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March 22, 2015 Summer 2015
UWT: Open Source Intelligence on Organized Crime and R/N Trafficking Internship - Summer 2015

Conduct open source research to profile domestic and transnational criminal and extremist organizations that may be relevant to attempts to traffic illicit radiological and/or nuclear material in the United States. Interns will research specific groups, write summaries of their activities, and identify new or emerging patterns relevant to national security interests. Interns will also participate in the threat analysis process by performing social science and geospatial coding for individual organizations.

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April 5, 2015 Summer 2015
UWT: Behavioral Indicators of Insider Threats - Summer 2015

An Insider Threat to an organization can be regarded as an individual (or set of individuals) who has current or past affiliation with that organization and who has knowledge about or access to some aspect of the organization (e.g., property, website, security procedures) that can be exploited to facilitate illicit activities, including harming others.

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March 22, 2015 Summer 2015
UWT: CBRN Terrorism Incident Research - Summer 2015

This internship will support the Profiles of Incidents involving Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) agents by Non-state Actors (POICN) database, which includes information on terrorist plots, acquisitions, and attacks relating to CBRN agents. The primary purpose of this internship will be to identify potential incidents meeting the database’s inclusion criteria for 2013 – 2014. In addition they will be expected to identify additional sources related to potential cases and assess them for reliability, accuracy and bias.

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March 22, 2015 Summer 2015
UWT: Individual Radicalization of Bioscientists Internship - Summer 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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March 22, 2015 Summer 2015
General GIS Internship - Summer 2015

Interns will contribute to one of a number of projects including: 1) 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.  2) Creation of datasets for radiological/nuclear risk mitigation.  3) Finding and constructing illicit networks utilizing advanced research and geospatial ski

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April 5, 2015 Summer 2015
Advanced GIS Internship - Summer 2015

Advanced GIS will consist of one of two options: 1) Multi-modal transportation network building and analysis, terrain integration, and geostatistical analysis of large-scale models and databases OR 2) Working with the GIS staff on an appropriate capstone activity for the MPS GIS degree. 

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April 5, 2015 Summer 2015
Risk Communication & Community Resilience Internship - Summer 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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April 5, 2015 Summer 2015
Dataverse Assistant Editor Internship - Summer 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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April 5, 2015 Summer 2015
Strategic Military Assessment Research and Transition Projects - Summer 2015

SMART START is a series of projects for the Department of Defense focused on the research needs of the combatant commands. SMART supervisors craft team research and data-coding projects to convey data science best practices concerning political violence, political instability and national security strategy in today's world.

Description:          

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April 5, 2015 Summer 2015
Understanding Domestic Radicalization Internship - Summer 2015

This internship is part of the Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) project, a three-year project which seeks to establish an empirical basis to investigate the underlying mechanisms and processes for individual radicalization in the United States.

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April 5, 2015 Summer 2015
Communications Internship - Summer 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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April 5, 2015 Summer 2015
TEVUS Handbook and Simulation Internship - Summer 2015

The Terrorism and Extremist Violence in the United States (TEVUS) Database integrates existing and new open-source data sets to facilitate more robust and sophisticated analyses of the behaviors, operations, and activities of violent extremists within the United States.  For more information on this project visit: http://www.start.umd.edu/research-projects/terrorism-and-extremist-violence-united-states-tevus-database .

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April 5, 2015 Summer 2015
START/State Department, Terrorist Organizations Internship - Summer 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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March 22, 2015 Summer 2015
Developing Technology in Explosive Detection Dogs - Summer 2015

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.  Interns will be required to pass a brief background check.

  • Must hold a U.S. License issued by any state/territory

Supervisor:

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March 22, 2015 Summer 2015
Global Terrorism Database Internships - Summer 2015

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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April 5, 2015 Summer 2015
Government Actions in Terror Environments Internship - Summer 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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March 22, 2015 Summer 2015
UWT Advanced Research - Summer 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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March 22, 2015 Summer 2015
Terrorism Propaganda Research Internship - Summer 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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March 22, 2015 Summer 2015
Naval Research Laboratory Internships - Summer 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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March 22, 2015 Summer 2015

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