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Community Resilience, Engagement, and Dialogue Fellowship (CRED) 2016-2018


Community Resilience, Engagement, and Dialogue Fellowship (CRED) 2016-2018

Overview

START's Community Resilience, Engagement, and Dialogue (CRED) Fellowship is a comprehensive, two-and-a-half –year, program designed for 4 undergraduate students at the University of Maryland. Students will enter the program in the middle of their sophomore years, and the program will last through the end of their senior years.  The program is designed to train students to work in homeland security-related positions, especially positions related to community engagement, community resilience, and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE).

Summary of Program Components

Selected students will participate in an exciting and comprehensive program designed to train them in terrorism studies and homeland security, and to prepare them for a growing labor market in positions relating to community engagement, community resilience, and CVE.  The program will include:

  • 5 semesters of START internships focused on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and community engagement research at START headquarters;
  • 5 semesters of coursework specific to career development for CVE and community engagement-focused career paths;
    • Please note: this coursework is listed below as CRED: Career Development Parts 1-5 and provides credit for attendance at and reflection on career development and personal enrichment events throughout the CRED program
  • 12 credits of START summer and winter elective courses focused on terrorism studies, community resilience, and CVE;
  • 3 credits of Intergroup Dialogue sessions and Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator Training through the Words of Engagement project on campus;
  • Please note: Facilitator Training is based on Words of Engagement’s application process; acceptance and participation is not guaranteed
  • Participation in the Global Exchange for Young Leaders in Terrorism Studies, a winter term, START-led study abroad program which travels to the Hague, Netherlands and Mumbai, India;
  • A summer internship with START faculty affiliates located in College Park or another U.S.-based institution focusing on community resilience research;
  • A summer internship with a community engagement-focused organization or research project;
  • Attendance at 2 START Annual Meetings; and
  • Please note: this requirement is tentative and will be required should the summits be hosted; however, there is a chance these summits will be replaced with virtual networking sessions
  • Attendance at 2 Department of Homeland Security Career Development Conferences

Participant Benefits and Requirements

The 4 students selected for the program will receive:

  • Tuition (and additional funding to cover other university fees) for 2 ½ academic years, beginning in Spring 2016 (support will total 5 semesters, 2 summer terms, 1 winter term);
  • Monthly stipend of $285 during Spring 2016 semester and the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years;
  • Salary for 2, 10-week, summer internships and summer housing and travel stipends totaling $14,000 ($7000 for each summer, 2016 and 2017);
  • Financial support to attend the 2016 and 2107 DHS Career Development Conference (if held); and
  • Financial support to attend the 2016 and 2017 START Annual Meeting.

To remain in good standing in the program, CRED students will be required to maintain full-time student status throughout the duration of their fellowship, participate in START programming designed to best prepare them for professional success in the HS-STEM arena following graduation from UMD, and graduate with a Bachelors’ degree from the University of Maryland within one academic year of completing the CRED program (extensions are permitted upon request). Students will also complete a one-year service requirement after graduation, working in a position supporting the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) and approved by both START and DHS.  Should a student not satisfactorily meet all requirements, the student may be required to pay back all funds associated with the CRED program. 

Detailed Program Requirements by Semester

Spring Semester 2016

  • Students will attend the CRED Program Orientation at START HQ;
  • Students will complete a part-time (10-hour/week) internship on a START-funded research project related to CVE and/or community engagement at UMD;
  • Students will complete a 1-credit course, CRED Career Development Part 1, which will require participation in START Career Profile Sessions, Research Round Tables, and other START professional development activities; and
  • Students will attend and participate in the DHS Career Development Conference (if held).

Summer 2016

  • Students will complete a 3-credit online UMD summer course in START’s Program in Terrorism Studies; and
  • Students will complete a 10-week, full-time (40 hour/week) internship on a START-funded research project on community resilience, community engagement, CVE, or a related topic, at a campus other than UMD.

Academic Year 2016-2017

  • Students will complete a 3-credit UMD course, BSST338V: Innovations in Countering Violent Extremism;
  • Students will complete a 1-credit course, CRED Career Development Parts 2 & 3, which will require participation in START Career Profile Sessions, Research Round Tables, and other START professional development activities;
  • Students will complete a part-time (10 hours/week), 2-semester internship working on a START-funded research project related to CVE and community engagement at UMD;
  • Students will complete 2, 1-credit Intergroup Dialogue sessions through the course, EDHI338: Teaching and Learning about Cultural Diversity through Intergroup Dialogue;
  • Students will attend the 2016 START Annual Meeting; and
  • Students will attend and participate in the DHS Career Development Conference (if held).

Winter 2017

  • Students will participate in START’s Global Exchange for Young Leaders in Terrorism Studies, a 3-credit global exchange of students from different institutions, which focuses on Intergroup Dialogue sessions on topics relating to terrorism, and which is scheduled to travel to the Hague, Netherlands, and Mumbai, India.

Summer 2017

  • Students will complete a full-time (40 hour/week), 10-week internship with community-based organizations doing engagement work related to CVE or on a START-funded research project on community resilience, community engagement, CVE, or a related topic, at a campus other than UMD.

Academic Year 2017-2018

  • Students will complete a 1-credit course, CRED Career Development Parts 4 & 5, which will require participation in START Career Profile Sessions, Research Round Tables, and other START professional development activities; Students will complete a part-time (10 hours/week), 2-semester internship working on a START-funded research project related to CVE and community engagement at UMD;
  • Students will complete a 3-credit UMD course, BSST334: States of Emergency;
  • Students will complete a 3-credit UMD course, BSST331: Responses to Terrorism;
  • Students will complete a 1-credit Intergroup Dialogue session through the course, EDHI338: Teaching and Learning about Cultural Diversity through Intergroup Dialogue;
  • Students will complete the Words of Engagement Intergroup Dialogue facilitator training, if selected, and will participate in facilitating at least one Intergroup Dialogue session, if they complete the program successfully;
    • Students unable to complete one or more of these requirements will take an additional credit of Intergroup Dialogue session through the course, EDHI338: Teaching and Learning about Cultural Diversity through Intergroup Dialogue;
  • Students will attend the 2017 START Annual Meeting; and
  • Students will attend and participate in the DHS Career Development Conference (if held).

Post-Graduation

  • Students will complete a one-year service commitment working in a field related to homeland security after successful graduation from UMD.
    • Appropriate positions are determined through discussion between the CRED student and START staff.  The service requirement is interpreted broadly, and possible positions might include: work with the Department of Homeland Security; work with community-based organizations doing engagement and resilience work; work with research centers and institutes doing relevant research projects; and work in policy-making positions relating to homeland security and/or community resilience (among others).

CRED Application

The application for 2016-2018 CRED Fellowship is available here. Applications are due no later than 5pm on Friday, October 16, 2015.

Eligibility and Application Process

To be eligible to apply for the program, students must:

  • Be enrolled in their sophomore year (second year of coursework) during the 2015-2016 academic year;
  • Have intentions to be enrolled at UMD full-time until graduation in Spring 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019.
  • Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher;
  • Be willing and able to complete all of the CRED requirements presented above (applicants should especially consider if they will be able to travel for the two required summer internship experiences);
  • Be willing to commit to one year of professional employment at a homeland security-related position venue following graduation; and
  • Hold U.S. citizenship.

Students who meet these eligibility criteria are invited to submit an online application to be considered for the CRED program – applications must include the following (incomplete applications will not be considered):

  • One copy of the online web-form and essays – follow this link for the application page (coming soon);
  • One copy of the applicant’s unofficial transcript;
  • One copy of the applicant’s resume, which should present experiences relevant to homeland security;
  • A statement of financial aid received by the student for the past academic year (optional but recommended); and
    • Please note: this financial aid information will not play a role in admission to the CRED program which is need-blind. This supplemental document is intended to help START staff better administer the scholarship

Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member from the University of Maryland. Letters should be sent directly from faculty members via email to education@start.umd.edu or via mail to START Center, ATTN: Marcella Morris, 8400 Baltimore Avenue Suite 250, College Park, MD 20740.