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ICONS Simulation Internship – Summer 2021

ICONS Simulation Internship – Summer 2021

April 4, 2021
Semester Year: 


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 simulations and scenario-driven exercises to advance participants' understanding of complex problems and strengthen their ability to make decisions, navigate crises, think strategically, and negotiate collaboratively. ICONS’ web-based simulations for educators place college and high school students from around the globe in challenging online simulation and gaming exercises that allow them to role-play resolving contentious geo-political issues. ICONS also creates customized simulations to support think tanks, cabinet-level agencies, and Department of Defense major commands as they tackle complex national security challenges, and public and private sector organizations as they engage in crisis management training, forecasting, and policy planning. Visit www.icons.umd.edu for additional background on ICONS’ work.

ICONS is seeking an upper-level undergraduate or graduate level intern for the summer 2021 semester. The intern will:

  • Work with the ICONS staff in researching and updating simulations;
  • Learn the ICONS simulation methodology; and
  • Support ICONS client engagement and outreach (e.g. government agencies, think tanks, colleges and universities, corporate clients, and NGOs).

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Contributing to simulation scenario research and updating current simulation content;
  • Curating resources for the ICONS’ Research Library;
  • Engaging in START’s educational enrichment program and speakers’ series;
  • Supporting marketing and outreach initiatives, including using MS Publisher and/or Adobe Suite to design marketing materials and research briefings (as needed).
Supervisor: Audrey Tetteh atetteh@umd.edu 
Deadline: Sunday, April 4th, 2021, 11:59pm ET
US Citizenship Required: Yes 
Team Meeting Times: TBD 

Required/minimum qualifications:

  • Graduate students or undergraduate seniors and juniors only;
  • Strong English-language communication, research, and persuasive writing skills;
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills;
  • Strong editing skills;
  • Must be in good academic standing;

Preferred/ideal qualifications:

  • Demonstrated academic proficiency or personal experience in one or more of the following:
    • Regional / Functional Expertise (e.g., Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, North Africa, Russia, Latin America, Nuclear Issues, Appropriations Process, Cybersecurity, etc.)
    • Journalism
    • Cultural Studies
  • Prior ICONS simulation or other simulation experience a plus;
  • Previous administrative or office experience a plus;
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Publisher, iMovie and/or other audio/visual software a plus.

General Information for all START Internships


START Headquarters is located in the Discovery District in College Park, MD, however our summer 2021 internship program will be conducted remotely.

Schedule Requirements:

Orientation Date: Tuesday, June 1st, 2021. All interns are required to attend orientation. You may be required to attend an additional day of orientation on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021. Your supervisor will inform you if you are required to attend both days.
Internship Duration: Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 to Friday, August 6th, 2021. All interns must be able to commit to the duration of the whole program.
Work Hours: All interns must work at least 20 hours per week during the summer 2021 program. Work hours are scheduled from Monday to Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Interns may not work longer than 8-hour or shorter than 2 hour shifts.

Other Information:

  • All internships are UNPAID and START is unable to provide travel stipends or housing arrangements. However, the University of Maryland has several opportunities for students to apply for unpaid internship stipends. Please note START is not involved in the application or review process for these stipends with the exception of the Paul Gallo Memorial Scholarship for Non-Traditional Student Interns.
  • 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 20 hours per work for this reason.
  • Applicants interested in applying for an internship for any semester other than or in addition to summer 2021, 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 the summer 2021 semester. Please make sure you check the dates for the projects you’re interested in to make sure they’re available during the semester you intend to apply. The summer 2021 application form will be open until 11:59pm ET on Sunday, April 4th, 2021. However, some projects for the summer semester require the application be submitted by the priority deadline (Sunday, March 21st, 2021 at 11:59pm ET) so please be sure to note the deadlines in the project descriptions. Late, incomplete, or applications not submitted correctly will not be considered. To access the application: click here.


  • 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 48 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.