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


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

Deadline: 
November 5, 2017
Type: 
Internships
Semester: 
Spring
Semester Year: 
2018

Description

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. With the 2010 attempt by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to infiltrate the international air cargo (IAC) system, focus has turned to the possibility of the IAC becoming susceptible to terrorist plots involving uncontrolled RN materials, as well as the development of “insiders” who could help to facilitate these ends. Through rigorous study of the air cargo industry and the psychosocial factors which could precede a vetted employee’s choice to betray his or her company’s commercial goals, START has developed a novel modeling and diagnostic tool relying on a brand new approach to improving air cargo and air cargo personnel security now deployed in the IAC system. During the spring 2018 period, the project team will prepare for and execute the software tool’s deployment with government and commercial cargo entities.

Members of the intern team are expected to contribute in the following arenas:

  • Support project researchers in enhancing and refining tool functionality; preparing tool for deployment
  • Development of training course and materials in order to educate the tool's end-users
  • Engagement with project sponsors and stakeholders among government and cargo aviation industry actors

Additionally, previous intern cohorts have had opportunities to attend and assist with meetings with project stakeholders and funders, conduct red team/alternative analysis exercises, and participate in career development and mentoring sessions throughout the semester.

Supervisor: Herbert Tinsley (htinsley@umd.edu)

Deadline: Sunday, November 5, 2017; 11:59pm

Citizenship Requirement: US citizenship is required.

Team Meeting Times: TBD

Work Location: START HQ located at 8400 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD 20740. All internship hours must be completed at START HQ, unless otherwise specified. Working remotely is not permitted.

Required/minimum qualifications:

  • Experience in conducting in-depth qualitative research in open sources
  • Strong writing and speaking skills
  • Strong time management skills
  • Propensity for teamwork
  • A 3.0 or better grade point average

Preferred/ideal qualifications:

  • Some knowledge of the aviation industry

General Information for all START Internships

Location:

START Headquarters is located at 8400 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740. The building is adjacent to the University of Maryland, College Park campus. All internship hours must be completed at START HQ unless otherwise specified. Working remotely is not permitted.

Schedule Requirements:

Orientation Date: Monday, January 22, 2018. All interns are required to attend orientation. You may be required to attend an additional day of orientation on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Your supervisor will inform you if you are required to attend both days.
Internship Duration: Monday, January 22, 2018 to Friday, May 4, 2018. All interns must be able to commit to the duration of the whole program.
Work Hours: All interns must work at least 10 hours per week during the Spring 2018 program. Work hours are scheduled from Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Interns may not work longer than 8-hour shifts.

Other Information:

  • All internships are UNPAID and START is unable to provide travel stipends or housing arrangements.
  • We strongly encourage and recommend that interns seek academic credit for their internship through their home institution or department, if possible.
  • If undertaking the internship for credit, you must indicate this on your application form. Be sure to notify your internship supervisor if you need to work more than 10 hours per work for this reason.
  • Applicants interested in applying for an internship for any semester other than or in addition to Spring 2018, must submit a separate application for each semester with the correct application form for that semester.

How to Apply for START Internships:

START is currently accepting applications for Spring 2018. The application form will be open until Sunday, November 5, 2017 11:59pm. Late, incomplete, or applications not submitted correctly will not be considered. To access the application: click here.

Notes:

  • Applicants must pay close attention to the requirements of each internship they are applying for, including attendance to team meetings and minimum time commitment. Inability to attend compulsory meetings or work the minimum required hours will result in the revocation of any offer made.
  • Address your cover letter to the internship supervisor of your first choice project.
  • Failure to complete the application form in full, including the selection of 1-3 internship preferences could result in your application being rejected without further consideration.
  • Failure to submit the proper materials according to the directions provided in the project description could result in your application being rejected without further consideration.
  • Due to the high volume of applicants, only top candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • Applicants may be asked to attend more than one interview.
  • Any successful candidate will be asked to respond with a firm acceptance within 24 hours of the offer being made. Failure to respond could result in the vacancy passed to another candidate.
  • Any questions regarding the specific requirements for the internship vacancy should be directed to the supervisor(s) listed for the project.
  • Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to the START Education Team at internships-start@umd.edu.

Application Materials:

All internship applicants must submit all materials in one .pdf file using the file name format:

LastName, FirstName_InternCandidate.pdf or .doc.

 The internship application packet should include the following documents in the following order:

  • One page cover letter
  • One page resume
  • Official or unofficial transcript(s)
  • Two-page writing sample (Communications applicants must submit two writing samples.)

Note for International Students:

START welcomes applications from international students for all of our internships where US citizenship is not a requirement (see the qualifications listed for each project for details).

It is, however, the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their visa or immigration status permits them to undertake an unpaid internship. It is also the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all proper paperwork, like documented approval from your home institution, is available and processed in time for the start of the internship. Failure to comply with these stipulations, or provide the paperwork required to verify your status, will result in your internship offer being rescinded without further consideration. START is unable to sponsor visas for non-US Citizens due to the short timeline of our program and the lengthy processing time for visas. Unfortunately, this largely limits our ability to accept anything other than F-1 visas on regular, not OPT, status.