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International Communication and Negotiation Simulations Project (ICONS) Internship - Spring 2019

International Communication and Negotiation Simulations Project (ICONS) Internship - Spring 2019

November 11, 2018
Semester Year: 


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. Our Education Division places high school and college students from around the globe in challenging online simulation and gaming exercises that allow them to role-play resolving contentious geo-political issues.

The ICONS Project is seeking one upper-level undergraduate or graduate level intern for the Spring 2019 semester. The intern will:

  • Work with the ICONS staff in researching and updating simulations;
  • Learn 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;
  • Drafting content to help bolster ICONS’ social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn);
  • Curating resources and data sets for the ICONS’ Research Library;
  • Providing research support for various simulation projects focused on international and regional security issues, and/or other topics of international concern;
  • 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 to apply: Sunday, November 11, 2018; 11:59pm

Required/minimum qualifications:

  • Graduate students or undergraduate seniors and juniors only;
  • Excellent communication, research, persuasive writing, and editing skills;
  • Must be in good academic standing;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Word and Excel;

Preferred/ideal qualifications:

  • Demonstrated academic proficiency or personal experience in East Asia security or Baltic Security.
  • Prior ICONS simulation or START Training experience a plus;
  • Previous administrative or office experience;
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Publisher, iMovie and/or other audio/visual software a plus.

US citizenship requirement: Yes

General Information for all START Internships


START Headquarters is located in the Discovery District in College Park, MD. Our exact address will be provided upon being invited for an interview. All internship hours must be completed at this office unless otherwise specified. Working remotely is not permitted. 

Schedule Requirements:

Orientation Date: Thursday, January 24th, 2019. All interns are required to attend orientation. You may be required to attend an additional day of orientation on Friday, January 25th, 2019. Your supervisor will inform you if you are required to attend both days.
Internship Duration: Thursday, January 24th, 2019 to Friday, May 10th, 2019. 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 2019 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 2019, 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 2019. The spring application form will be open until Sunday, November 11th, 2018 at 11:59pm. However some projects for the spring semester have an earlier application deadline of Sunday, October 28th, 2018 at 11:59pm. 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.