A Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence led by the University of Maryland

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 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 the critical questions tackled by homeland security practitioners, policy makers and researchers, and 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.

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3 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 28
2 p.m. Wed., March 6
3 p.m. Mon., March 25

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.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to our most popular questions. For additional questions, contact internships@start.umd.edu.

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Internship Listingsort descending Internship Description Deadline Semester
GIS: Data Collection & Cartography - Summer 2019

This internship opportunity will provide cartographic assistance for a research project focusing on crime and conflict in West Africa. Interns will code and digitize geographic information that has been collected by field researchers through means of cognitive mapping interviews. Additional tasks may include conducting spatial analysis and/or spatial statistics to identify patterns within the data. The GIS team is seeking up to 3 interns to assist with this effort. 

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March 31, 2019
Summer 2019
GIS: Transnational Illicit Trafficking (TransIT) - Summer 2019

This internship opportunity will contribute to the expansion of START’s TransIT project. Tasks will include analysis and aggregation of large-scale datasets, manual vector editing, open-source research into global licit and illicit transportation methods, digital cartography, and translation of START’s qualitative research into geospatial formats. The GIS team is seeking up to 5 interns to assist with this effort.

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March 31, 2019
Summer 2019
Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Internships - Summer 2019

The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is the most comprehensive unclassified terrorism database in the world. Currently updated through 2017, the GTD details information on more than 180,000 terrorist attacks that have occurred since 1970. Data from the GTD have been featured by the BBC, CNN, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Economist, The New York Times, Reuters, The Washington Post, and numerous other media outlets. The data are also used by the United States Department of State in its annual publication, Country Reports on Terrorism.

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March 31, 2019
Summer 2019
International Communication and Negotiation Simulations Project (ICONS) Internship - Summer 2019

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.

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March 31, 2019
Summer 2019
International Crisis Behavior Project (ICB) - Summer 2019

The International Crisis Behavior Project (ICB) has for over 40 years collected and analyzed data on all military security crises in the international system. Under the direction of its founders Michael Brecher and Jonathan Wilkenfeld, ICB focuses on crucial themes including crisis trigger, major response, crisis management techniques, third party intervention including mediation, and forms of crisis outcomes.

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March 31, 2019
Summer 2019
Pathways to Violence: Understanding Hate Crime Offenders - Summer 2019

This internship will support START researchers in identifying and assessing the individual pathways of hate crime offenders via the new BIAS (Bias Incidents and Actors Study) dataset. BIAS builds on the team’s PIRUS (Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States) dataset, which contains information on the pathways, mechanisms, and consequences of violent and non-violent extremism at the individual level.

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March 31, 2019
Summer 2019
State Department/START Internship - Summer 2019

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 U.S. State Department using START data (such as the GTD) and other open sources. Students will be tasked with developing materials that create a realistic scenario based on extensive research on history, geopolitical situations, and internal religious or ethnic cleavages in a region in support the Bureau of Counterterrorism training efforts.

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March 17, 2019
Summer 2019
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Advanced Research Internship - Summer 2019

Designed for highly motivated, high-performing students, Advanced Research Interns participate in high-level substantive research and analysis for a variety of projects within the broader unconventional weapons and technology portfolio.

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March 17, 2019
Summer 2019
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Next Generation WMD Threat Detection System - Summer 2019

Are you interested in participating in cutting-edge research funded by DARPA, the U.S. Department of Defense agency responsible for developing the Internet, stealth aircraft, GPS, and AI robotics? START’s Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT) Division is seeking highly-motivated research interns to assist in helping DARPA develop a holistic platform to detect chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats in urban environments. Interns will utilize an array of research techniques including quantitative methods, adversary modeling, and computer simulations.

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March 31, 2019
Summer 2019
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Transnational Illicit Trafficking - Summer 2019

Students joining this internship will be conducting open source research to profile transnational criminal organizations, as well as more loosely organized criminal networks.

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March 31, 2019
Summer 2019
Understanding Extremist Networks - Summer 2019

This internship will support START research focused on the processes of radicalization to violent in the United States. The core component of this research portfolio is the Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) dataset, the largest dataset of US-based cases of radicalization of its kind, which contains information on the trajectories, mechanisms, and consequences of violent and non-violent extremism at the individual level.

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March 31, 2019
Summer 2019