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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Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. EST Online
Thursday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. EST Online

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.

   

 

Internship Listingsort descending Internship Description Deadline Semester
Code-Switching Decoded: Analyzing Transnational Crime through Multilingual Data - Spring 2019

START is excited to be collaborating with the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) to offer the following project as part of our program. CASL serves as the premier strategic research partner for the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), solving the most critical and challenging language problems.

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November 11, 2018
Spring 2019
Communications Internship - Spring 2019

The START Communications team is seeking communications, public relations or journalism students to serve as interns this upcoming spring semester.

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November 11, 2018
Spring 2019
Data Science Internship for Integrated Discovery of Emerging and Novel Technologies Project - Spring 2019

START is excited to be collaborating with the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) to offer the following project as part of our program. CASL serves as the premier strategic research partner for the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), solving the most critical and challenging language problems.

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November 11, 2018
Spring 2019
GIS: Data Collection & Cartography - Spring 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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November 11, 2018
Spring 2019
GIS: Transnational Illicit Trafficking (TransIT) - Spring 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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November 11, 2018
Spring 2019
Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Internships - Spring 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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November 11, 2018
Spring 2019
Improving Arabic Text Processing for Studying Social Unrest - Spring 2019

START is excited to be collaborating with the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) to offer the following project as part of our program.  CASL serves as the premier strategic research partner for the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), solving the most critical and challenging language problems.

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November 11, 2018
Spring 2019
Improving Human Language Technology for Low-Resource Languages - Spring 2019

START is excited to be collaborating with the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) to offer the following project as part of our program. CASL serves as the premier strategic research partner for the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), solving the most critical and challenging language problems.

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November 11, 2018
Spring 2019
International Communication and Negotiation Simulations Project (ICONS) Internship - Spring 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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November 11, 2018
Spring 2019
International Crisis Behavior Project (ICB) - Spring 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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November 11, 2018
Spring 2019
Multimedia Internship - Spring 2019

The START Communications team is seeking a Multimedia intern this upcoming spring semester.

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November 11, 2018
Spring 2019
Pathways to Violence: Understanding Hate Crime Offenders - Spring 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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November 11, 2018
Spring 2019
Risk and Crisis Communication Internship - Spring 2019

Governments rely on risk and crisis communication for delivering messages about impending storms, terrorist attacks, public health crises, and more. START's Risk Communication and Resilience team seeks two interns to support ongoing research projects as well as new projects that may be funded before the internship begins. Interns may support applications for sponsored research. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to work on the following ongoing projects:

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November 11, 2018
Spring 2019
State Department/START Internship - Spring 2019

 

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October 28, 2018
Spring 2019
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Advanced Research Internship - Spring 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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November 11, 2018
Spring 2019
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Improvised Threat Technology Adoption Identification- Spring 2019

Emergent improvised threats have gained prominence in the last decade as more adversaries try to adopt and use them. However, few studies have tried to tie new technologies criteria to specific characteristics of adversaries and their operational environment. This internship will allow students to conduct deep-dive research on empirical cases of terrorist groups’ adoption of new technologies. During this internship, students will be assigned a specific group to study and analyze its operational capability and its ability to successfully adopt new technologies.  

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November 11, 2018
Spring 2019
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Innovating CBRNe Activity Detection - Spring 2019

UWT is seeking highly driven, outstanding students to participate in cutting-edge research on CBRNe (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons and explosives) adversary activity funded by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). These tasks cover an array of research techniques and subject areas including quantitative methods, adversary modelling, and chemical weapon development. The primary purpose is to assist DARPA in the development of innovative approaches for detecting CBRNe activity. Responsibilities and duties will include the following:

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November 11, 2018
Spring 2019
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Innovative Discovery of Emerging and Novel Technologies - Spring 2019

The purpose of this internship is to grant students the opportunity to better understand the threat that emerging and disruptive technologies pose to national security and advantages it may provide to adversaries. Students will be performing research on topics related to CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear) technologies research and development. Students will also be involved in the conceptualization and testing of novel research methodologies. 

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November 11, 2018
Spring 2019
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Transnational Illicit Trafficking - Spring 2019

Students joining this internship will be conducting open source research to profile transnational criminal organizations, as well as more loosely organized criminal networks. Interns will research specific groups, write summaries of their activities, isolate their areas of operation, and identify new or emerging patterns relevant to national security interests. Interns will have to code the data collected on the various organizations, and may also work to identify or verify through open sources research transportation networks in the regions of interest.

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November 11, 2018
Spring 2019
Understanding Extremist Networks - Spring 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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November 11, 2018
Spring 2019

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