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.

Virtual Information Sessions
3 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 28
2 p.m. Wed., March 6
3 p.m. Tues., March 26

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
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 - Fall 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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June 30, 2019
Fall 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 Domestic Radicalization - Fall 2019

This internship will support START research focused on the processes of extremist radicalization within 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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June 30, 2019
Fall 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
Using Social Media Behavior to Identify Malign Actors: Data Collection and Annotation for Russian and Chinese Social Media - Summer 2019

 

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March 31, 2019
Summer 2019

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